Direction of primary school sport put into focus at Nottinghamshire Primary PE and Sport Conference

Posted: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:05

Direction of primary school sport put into focus at Nottinghamshire Primary PE and Sport Conference

Nottinghamshire schools have a "fantastic opportunity" to get young people more active by maximising the effectiveness of the primary PE and sport premium, head teachers and PE leads from primary schools across Nottinghamshire have been told.

The message was part of the keynote speech delivered by Chris Wright, Head of Health and Wellbeing at the Youth Sport Trust, during the Nottinghamshire Primary PE and Sport Conference.

Attendees were told that they were "the golden ticket" to real transformation.

Chris said: "We have got to move from just doing stuff and expecting change to real transformation. There is lots of delivery, but what is the impact and how are we going to measure it?"

Chris told attendees that active children achieve up to 33 per cent better than their inactive peers, with increased daily physical activity and access to high quality PE and sport leading to improved physical, social and emotional health and wellbeing, and in turn increased achievement, attainment and skills for life.

He said: "Can we deliver 30 minutes of activity as part of the school day, and can we influence 30 minutes outside? It's not all about getting hot and sweaty, can we nudge pupils along the continuum and move them from being sedentary – even just standing burns more calories and has greater cognitive benefits."

Organised by Active Notts, in partnership with the county School Games Organiser network, the Nottinghamshire Primary PE and Sport Conference was held at the Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus.

The event gave those attending the chance to share the challenges, concerns, ideas and good practice around PE and Sport in primary schools as well as to learn new ideas for their everyday teaching and help shape the direction of primary school sport in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

It was prompted by the increased focus for primary schools to play a key role in promoting healthy lifestyles and wellbeing to all pupils, with the additional PE and Sport funding and changes in government policy (30 minutes in schools – 30 minutes out).

Attendees also each took part in two workshops, choosing from four topics: Power of an Active Classroom, Using PE and Sport to Impact on Whole School Priorities and Reporting Impact, Resources to Support and Help You Deliver PE in Your School, and School Games Mark.

There was also a marketplace session, where those attending had the chance to find out more about resources offered by organisations such as the Youth Sport Trust, Badminton England, Nottinghamshire Cricket Board, Create Development, Amaven, and imoves.

The conference was rounded off with a discussion session to further help shape the direction of PE and sport in Nottinghamshire.

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