Herts Primary PE & Sport Conference – January 2015
HASG was invited to participate in this event by the Herts Sports Partnership (Sport Performance & Development Centre, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield AL10 9EU www.sportinherts.org.uk), the following report is from David Royle who attended:
Key Messages from the Conference
High-quality physical education (PE) and school sport can make a difference to the lives of young people and the development of the whole child; whole-school improvement can be led by PE.
The £150m p.a. ring-fenced Primary PE and Sport Premium is guaranteed to 2020 (if the present government is re-elected): most money goes on coaches but important not to swap coaches for teachers in terms of generating self-sustaining solutions (especially if funding stops); website statement required on impact and allocation of Premium. Governors have a role in monitoring and evaluating effective expenditure. Youth Sports Trust has an impact template, a self-review tool and a factsheet on Ofsted-related accountability measures; see below). The Association for Physical Education also has advice on the use of the Premium.
The Youth Sports Trust survey of PE and sport indicated that the average time spent on PE is less than two hours a week; there is no DfE minimum (or maximum); some EU countries specify 5 hours; however quality is most important; there is a potential dividend in taking time ‘away’ from other subjects as PE can contribute to whole-school improvement.
The new National Curriculum for PE is short on detail but the purpose of PE is made clear with key words like