Suffolk PE & School Sport Conference 2023

Suffolk's annual PE & School Sport Conference is back. Bringing together PE leads and Head Teachers across Suffolk to hear inspirational speakers, learn through workshops, discover opportunities at the marketplace and network together.

The Hold, 131 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1LR
Megan Felton / / 01394 444774

Suffolk PE & School Sport Conference 2023

We are pleased to welcome back Suffolk's PE, School Sport & Physical Activity conference in person at The Hold in Ipswich. The event will run from 9:30am-3pm and is open to both primary and secondary school PE Leaders/Specialists, as well as, Headteachers or a member of Senior Leadership team.

We have all had to adapt to our everchanging world over the last two years, and schools in particular have seen, first hand, the impacts these changes have had on children and young people. One thing that hasn't changed is the power of physical activity and the influence that PE can have on a child's life. Please join us for a day to listen, share, and learn how we can continue to use PE, School Sport and Physical Activity as a tool for improvement in physical, mental and emotional health, alongside academic attainment. Here's what you can expect:

9.30am – 9.55am

Arrival, Refreshments & Marketplace

10.00am – 10.10am

Conference Opening

Gareth Davies ~ Director of Active Suffolk

10.10am - 11.05am

Key Note and Q&A

Rachael Mackenzie ~ Athlete Mentor, Youth Sport Trust Enabling happy & healthy learners through physical activity to support wellbeing

During this interactive session, Rachael will delve into more details on brain development and resilience for both staff and pupils. There will be practical tips on how to use physical activity as a way to mitigate challenging situations as Rachael shares her expertise and experience with us.


Introducing Suffolk's Lead Inclusion School

Find out more about County Upper's role as lead inclusion school for Suffolk

11.15am – 11.30am

Break, Networking & Marketplace

11.30am – 12.10pm

Workshop Session 1

Primary ~ Stormbreak - Mentally Healthy Movement

Secondary ~ Find out more with Rachael Mackenzie.

You know how valuable physical activity is in the development of young people and to improve their wellbeing but how do you share your passion with the rest of the school? Rachael will be giving her tips for sharing the physical activity message to your whole school and how to apply the techniques from the key note session to your school day.

12.15pm -1:00pm

Lunch & Marketplace

1.00pm – 1.10pm


Beat the post lunch slump with a Stormbreak

1.15pm - 1:55pm

Workshop Session 2

Primary 1 ~ Primary Stars with Ipswich Town Foundation

Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) is a national curriculum-linked education programme using the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

Primary 2 ~ The Daily Mile - a healthy habit

Secondary ~ Activity Volunteer Programme - a pathway into volunteering through building transferable core skills

The Activity Volunteer Programme supports young people to become future volunteers and develop their skills to complement their wider education journey. Created by Sports Leaders SLQ in collaboration with Active Partnerships, the programme offers an accredited learning pathway for young people aged 13 and over with a focus on building transferable core skills.

2.00pm - 2.40pm

My Lived Experience - Panel Discussion

Evie Edwards ~ Paralympian

Evie will be sharing how her disability impacted her experience of school sport and how she went on to become a two-time Paralympian. Her thought-provoking story will include tips on how to ensure your PE offer is inclusive for all.

Darryl Walsh ~ Director of School Operations at Stormbreak & former headteacher

ITFC Player *

Rachael Mackenzie ~ Athlete Mentor, Youth Sport Trust

After a lack of participation in sport during her teenage years, Rachael shares how she came to the sport of Thai boxing later on and how she went on to become world champion. She will share more about what stopped her from participating in her school years as well as the challenges she's faced as a female in sport.

2:40pm - 2.50pm

PE in the Curriculum

Jane Stannard ~ Schools Engagement Manager, Public Health, Suffolk County Council

2:50pm - 2.55pm

This Girl Can!

An update on resources available for your school including our NEW primary school resource pack.

2.55pm- 3.00pm

Conference Close

To book your place, simply select a ticket below and complete the booking form. We look forward to seeing you there!


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