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Online Platform Set To Improve PE And Sports Delivery In Schools

Online Platform Set To Improve PE And Sports Delivery In Schools

A new online platform to help improve the delivery of PE and sport within primary schools has been launched.

Leeds based PE Partner developed SPIRALPE™ in partnership with senior teaching professionals and Physical Education specialists to provide schools with a practical and highly efficient way to engage, develop and measure progress in PE and school sport.

 

At the heart of the platform is a teaching framework and curriculum including 252 lesson plans, updated at the start of every academic year, which work together in a ‘spiral’ to build and develop the full range of physical literacy within an overarching spiral framework.   

Wooden playground equipment and why it is better

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The two key components of designing playgrounds is sustainability and safety. When children are playing around them their attentions tend to sway towards how ‘fun’ and interactive they are. So when it comes round to designing the playgrounds sustainability safety and fun must all be equally considered.

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Wooden play areas can bring children closer to nature. Made from natural resources such as driftwood and logs and are usually supported by natural landscapes such as small grassy hills and mud floors and these natural attributes remind children of the importance of the outdoors.

Top training tools for school sporting needs

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Phoenix Sporting Goods (PSG) was born on the 5th May 2015, to create and distribute a range of strong, performance led brands to the grass roots, sports education and professional markets, throughout the UK and Europe. With inspirational leadership and world class customer service, PSG’s aim is to aid aspiring athletes and their coaches, from grass roots to sporting professionals, to achieve their goals, with products that will increase the accuracy of the athlete through repetition or via products that will enable the athlete to train through the winter months on their own or within a team environment.

 

Government announces £415m fund to support health and fitness in schools

Schools set to receive £415m to boost health and fitness

Schools across England are set to benefit from a multi-million pound scheme to help give more children a healthy and active start to life. 

A government announcement was made today regarding a new £415 million fund to improve on sports facilities and provide more opportunities for young people to get fit and healthy. 

The funding will be rolled out to both primary and secondary schools, in addition to sixth-form colleges, across England who can use the funding to pay for facilities to support PE, extra-curricular activities and health eating. 

Schools can also use the money to improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people struggling with mental health issues. 

New schemes announced across the UK to boost learning through football

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Worlds are colliding after sporting legends team up with young people to boost education.

Arsenal Football Club played host to education secretary Justine Greening yesterday to celebrate the launch of a joint reading initiative between Arsenal in the Community and the University College London’s Institute of Education (IOE.)

Schools across the nation take part in special wildlife challenge

Schools across the nation have been taking part in a special activity to find out a little more about the wildlife on their doorstep. gratnells-bird-feeder-trays.gif

The RSPB's (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Big Schools' Birdwatch is rolling out in schools up and down the country, encouraging children to become part of the world's biggest wildlife survey.

Running until 17 February, the initiative aims to bring children closer to nature by involving them an hour-long activity that is suitable for students of all ages and abilities. 

Why children must play outside to encourage development

In a world where more than 65% of children aged between 9 and 11 own a smartphone, traditional outdoor pastimes are facing a dangerous rate of decline. Even those who don’t own a personal smartphone will most likely have access to a similar device, with over half of UK households having a tablet. For those involved in playground design, maintenance or construction, this trend is a problem. 

The figures above are daunting when you consider that an increase in smartphone and tablet usage is causing children to be less able to read emotions and be less empathetic than ever. How do we combat this?

Pupils at Edge Grove School return home from 2016 netball tour in the Caribbean

Pupils at Edge Grove School

Independent prep school Edge Grove, has welcomed home a group of its Years 5-8 girls who have recently travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful Caribbean island of St Vincent to compete in the schools’ 2016 overseas netball tour.  Accompanied by three teachers and team coach Samantha Bird (an ex-England player and technical coach for England netball). This overseas sporting event marks the second time that the school has participated in a Netball Tour in St Vincent following a successful visit in 2014.  

Beach schools south west & south west water team up for free winter safety & education sessions

Award-winning outdoor learning company Beach Schools South West have teamed up with South West Water to help promote clean water, conservation and seaside safety to youngsters in the region this winter.

The Exeter-based water company is adding its weight to a new pilot education project which will see children being taught both on the beach and in schools about taking care not only of themselves but also the life cycle of water and how to keep it clean.

It will be part of free winter-time school sessions from Beach Schools South West who are offering to go into schools to give children talks on how to stay safe on the beach.

How Holiday Childcare Promotes Education

Whilst you’re spending your hard - earned money on childcare during the holiday season, it’s great to feel assured that your child isn’t just spending hours being mindlessly entertained. It’s vital that their minds are being stimulated while having fun! 

Putting your children into a high - quality childcare environment can greatly help with their educational development and help them improve their habits in school. 

The team at Barracudas Camps explain just some of the ways your child is getting educated while spending their time at a childcare camp. 

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Synthetic surface specialists, Bradleys Surfacing Systems

Edenhurst school children & teachers

Synthetic surface specialists, Bradleys Surfacing Systems were recently commissioned by Edenhurst Preparatory School in Newcastle-under-Lyme to install a new multi-sport facility. 

The new AstroTurf has converted the school’s former tarmac tennis courts into a multi-use games area suitable for football, hockey, netball and tennis.

Former Stoke City FC footballer, Ricardo Fuller officially opened the new AstroTurf pitch during a special opening ceremony on October 14th in front of staff, pupils, parents and VIP guests. 

Should tackling be allowed in school rugby?

 

Stadia Sports manager Daniel Goddard takes a look at the dangers of school rugby and discusses the safety equipment available. 

In a recent letter to the Government, more than 70 doctors and health experts asked for a ban on tackling in school rugby games. The letter outlines and warns of the risk of serious injury among under 18s playing the sport, with a recommendation for schools to introduce touch and non-contact versions of the game. 

In the current curriculum, rugby is a compulsory part of physical education from the age of 11, and there is particular emphasis on it in the independent sector.

Help your Child to Beat the Post-Camp Blues

Summer camps are incredibly fun, but when it’s all over the post-camp blues can start to settle in. 

How can parents maintain the same level of fun, excitement and creativity as a summer camp?

Well, by looking at what makes activity camps so much fun we have a few ideas to keep the fun all year around!

No Parents allowed! 

Activity camps are just for kids, which means they get some time to relax, have fun and hang out with their friends without their parents pestering them. 

How to make school sports safe and enjoyable for everyone

How to make school sports safe and enjoyable for everyone

 

Daniel Goddard, Manager of Stadia Sports, discusses the importance of safety in sports for children at school. All children should be free to enjoy a high quality physical education, whether at school, or as part of a club or team.

It contributes to a healthy and active lifestyle, improves emotional well-being, and helps children to develop key skills such as leadership, confidence and communication.

There are governing bodies, such as UK sport, that aim to encourage as many children as possible to get involved in sporting activities. Their intention is to create a new generation of British athletes, one that’s capable of competing at a professional international level.