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
- ‘inspires all pupils’ (inclusion),
- ‘physically confident’,
- ‘health and fitness’,
- ‘fairness and respect’.
- The Youth Sport Trust and Association for Physical Education provide a lot of support through membership and also free downloadable resources, for example YST has a Physical Literacy Framework, AfPE has advice on the new National Curriculum including assessment.
- Youth Sport Trust
- Unlocking Potential, a Manifesto for PE and School Sport
- National PE, School Sport and Physical Activity Survey Report January 2015 http://www.youthsporttrust.org/media/22091985/national_pe__school_sport_and_physical_activity_survey_report.pdf
- Association for Physical Education:
- Department for Education:
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