Primary Schools Championed in Regional Award
Posted: Wed, 09 Oct 2019 09:58
Three primary schools from across the West Midlands have been recognised for the excellent work that they are doing using their Primary PE and Sport Premium funding through awards which are linked to national partners. The awards recognise schools that have endeavoured to provide improved outcomes for pupils using the Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.
The six Active Partnerships from across the West Midlands held their own nomination process earlier this year to determine their respective winners. Each of these winners were then put forward to a regional panel which judged the nominations in each of the three categories.
The regional winners are:
Category: Up Skilling Staff Award
Winner:Dame Ellen Pinsent School, Birmingham
The school has developed a programme to help the children to improve their gross and fine motor skills. Working with a specialist Occupational Therapist and Physio they developed a programme specifically for the school, called the Theralympics.
The programme is based on 5 areas – Body; Brain; Build; Ball; Balance. The 5 areas are differentiated and involved several different tasks so it is accessible to all children regardless of their ability. All staff were upskilled through a whole school training day and further support was given in class when the Physio and OT worked with the children. The staff are now running Theralympics for their class either once a week or 10 minutes every day.
Class teachers have commented on the difference it is making on the child's basic every day skills and in the behaviour of children in the playground at lunchtimes. The Theralympics programme is a key aspect of school development and all children will continue to have access to Theralympics throughout their time at Dame Ellen Pinsent.
Category: Physical Activity and Health Enhancing Initiatives
Winner: John Wheeldon Primary Academy, Stafford
The school became motivated to develop a healthy lives programme for their pupils in response to the results of the 2017/18 national childhood weight management programme. The data showed that the school held a higher than national average for children classed as overweight or obese.
By utilising the Primary Premium and School Sport funding and working in partnership with Accelerate Learning, a programme was put in place based on 4 focus areas: active learning and meeting the 30:30 target, active travel, healthy eating and whole school health and fitness.
A whole school approach was taken with the PE lead and other staff members attending training and then putting in to place actions to develop a healthy and happy school.
Pupils have said they really enjoy their active Maths and English lessons and teachers have commented that children are calmer and more able to focus in lessons as well as experiencing less disruption in lessons.
Category: Whole School Improvement
Winner: St Andrew's Church of England Primary School, Wolverhampton
In 2014 less than 2% of pupils participated in extra-curricular sport activities at school, with 9% of pupils participating in sports activities and clubs outside school. The school implemented a number of changes.
This included a member of staff being given a responsibility post for PE / Sport in school, parents were surveyed to determine the children's interests and what they would like to take part in. Sports coaches were employed working on specific targets at lunch times linked to Age Related Expectations, and pupils were trained to become Sports Ambassadors to aid and lead younger children's learning.
The vast majority of children are now working at ARE in PE. Behaviour at lunchtime has improved – children are more active and engaged.
57% of pupils years 3 – 6 took part in extracurricular activities in 2017/2018 with 20 different sporting clubs being run by staff / sports coaches and include karate, kwik cricket, rugby, try golf, tennis, athletics, multi-skills, netball and dance.
The school has achieved the Gold School Sports Award and a new dance and gymnastics curriculum has been written linking in to topics in school.
Mike Chamberlain, Chief Executive of Sport Birmingham, said: "The Primary PE & Sport Premium funding from the Department for Education continues to play an important role in the development of more opportunities for children to be active during their primary school years, and working with partners we are aiming to support schools to ensure that our city's children are active for at least 60 minutes every day.
The West Midlands Primary PE and Sport Premium awards recognises excellent practice that is taking place across the region and the winning schools have shown great impact of their use of the funding to improve the lives of young people."
To find out more about Sport Birmingham's role to support schools with use of their Primary PE & Sport Premium funding: https://www.sportbirmingham.org/what-is-primary-sport-premium