Inspiring more young people to be more active, more often

Inspiring more young people to be more active, more often

Posted: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:07

Inspiring more young people to be more active, more often

The Suffolk Primary School Sport Conference, organised by Suffolk Sport and Suffolk PE and Sport Network, took place at the Trinity Park Conference Centre on Tuesday 21st November.

PE Co-ordinators and Head Teachers from 75 schools across Suffolk were in attendance to find out the latest updates on the Primary School Premium, reporting, best practice and new initiatives designed to get primary school children active, promoting active and healthy lifestyles.

Delegates enjoyed presentations from keynote speakers alongside a choice of workshops and case study sessions.

Keynote speaker Abdul Razaq, Director of Public Health, Suffolk County Council spoke of the important of this event and key messages from the day. "It is important to have events like this Suffolk Primary School Sport Conference around PE because physical activity and inclusion in schools is a very important part of improving the health and well-being of our future, our children. It is important that both their physical and emotional needs are met.

Our aspirations are to build up on all of the existing work in terms of making Suffolk the Most Active County, through our Most Active County programme, but also by working with a whole range of partners including Suffolk Sport, Inspire Suffolk and other partners across the statutory agencies. Working with schools with other programmes such as the daily mile; encouraging children to do a short quick intervention of 15 minutes with teaching assistants and schools, will actually improve their educational attainment.

I'm hoping that schools will take home they key message that there is no one single silver bullet of tackling some of the challenges we face in improving the health and wellbeing of our children. However it is very important that they take home that they are a key linchpins in terms of an overall strategy, working together with the children, their families, carers, guardians and with other agencies to make sure that the children build up on the solid foundations for the future."

Keynote speaker Sue Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for PE added "Events like this conference are very important to teachers and the wider workforce. It is critical that they access high quality professional learning in order to make a difference in physical education, school sport and physical activity.

Currently physical education, school sport and physical activity are experiencing an enormous amount of investment from the government. £320million a year is a lot to invest into schools. It is important that schools spend this money wisely and show a sustainable impact.

We really want people to go away from today understanding their responsibility and knowing how to effectively spend that investment. It is really encouraging to see that attendance at this conference is beyond anything else they have achieved. This shows the commitment from schools that they want to come and learn how best to engage with children and young people. We want them to go away with the knowledge, skills and understanding of how to effectively deliver high quality physical education, get their children active and to engage them in school sport. We do hope that they appreciate all of the people who have come today to support them and I hope that they take away the importance of physical education and belonging to that community."

Workshops covered during the conference demonstrated how sustainable improvements to whole school approaches to physical education can be achieved. Schools learnt about the new reporting tool and statutory requirements for reporting the use of their increased primary school premium. The event covered unique activities and challenges that can be introduced into primary schools engaging every child. This would help to ensure that pupils leave with a tangible resource following their primary school education, establishing them into active and healthy lifestyles from the onset of their education.

Mel Alexander, Deputy Head and PE Subject lead at Birchwood Primary School added "The Suffolk Primary School Sport Conference was a perfect opportunity to network with other key practitioners and subject leads from other schools to share ideas and evaluate current practice. I was particularly interested in hearing the Keynote speakers and their messages from a national strategic level, making sure that I am up-to-date with current PE practice and expectations and the workshops offered the insight into new initiatives that perhaps we hadn't considered might be useful for our curriculum or extracurricular opportunities that I can go away and reflect on and think about how we might introduce and embed them."

Suffolk Sport will be launching a new resource to support primary school sport shortly. The E-book will help schools by advising and supporting them in the effective spending of their primary school premium.

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