Physical Activities Directory

Since the schools returned in September, we have received a lot of feedback regarding the affect on pupils physical, emotional and social well being due to the lockdown and not being in school.

Along with School Games Organisers from across the North West we have developed a directory of activities that schools can use with children who have been most affected by Covid.

This resource is available to download below and can be shared with any member of staff or parent/carer of a child who may benefit from the activities.

Updated YST Guidance on Extra Curricular Clubs- 10/11/20

The Youth Sport Trust, Sport and Recreation Alliance, ukactive and Association for Physical Education have together sought clarity from government on how schools should interpret this guidance.

Following consultation with government departments, we can advise that:

  • Schools should continue to provide extra-curricular sport as long as they can do so in a way which i) maintains the integrity of schools’ COVID 19 protocols such as their approach to bubbles, staffing and social distancing and ii) is subject to appropriate risk assessment.
  • Where the guidance refers to supporting parents to work, there is no additional need for schools to prove that extra-curricular clubs are helping parents to work or seek work.
  • Extra-curricular clubs should not take place if they are bringing together groups of young people who would not otherwise be spending time together. Competition between different schools should not take place, in line with the wider restrictions on grassroots sport.

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School Games Mark 2020/21

For the academic year 2020/21, the School Games Mark Framework will be positioned as a self-review tool to support schools and other educational establishments to reflect on their involvement in the School Games in light of the country’s ongoing plight with COVID-19.

The pause in delivering the School Games Mark during the academic year 2019/20 not only gave us the opportunity to refocus the tool, but more importantly to reconsider what the demands would be on schools with a recovery curriculum and the place of the School Games in supporting this.

We therefore hope you find this a useful tool to work through and reflect on your current provision and uptake and how the School Games can be positioned to help all young people reconnect and engage in school life. 

How will the School Games Mark Framework work? 

It remains open to all schools that are providing and engaging their young people in high quality School Games opportunities and are working with their School Games Organiser to support this. 

There will be 2 points in the year, Autumn Term 2/Spring Term 1 and Summer Term 2, when we will ask schools to review themselves against a series of simple questions. At the end of doing this you will be left with a development plan for you to consider with your School Games Organiser. 

YST PE and Sport Premium Webpage Updated

The Youth Sport Trust PE and Sport Premium webpage has been updated to provide you with a one-stop shop of information about the Primary PE funding. Find guidance and a reporting template as well as a toolkit, webinar and blog, all designed to help you make the most of the grant.

On 5 July 2020, the Education Secretary confirmed that the primary PE & Sport Premium would continue at £320 million for the 2020/21 academic year. The purpose of the funding remains the same, to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, physical activity and sport within your school, to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives.

It was also confirmed that funding from the 2019/20 academic year that schools haven’t spent due to the coronavirus pandemic can be brought forward to use this academic year, but must be spent in full by 31 March 2021. Further information and guidance about using the grant can be found on the DfE website here.

Now is a time for connecting agendas creatively and sustainably and using the PE premium as a key resource to support the health and wellbeing of your pupils. On this page you will find webinars, blog posts and case studies to support you to get the most impact from the grant. Think creatively about where financial investment is necessary and will lead to sustainable change and where impact can be made with minimal or no investment. YST Primary PE and Sport Premium Toolkit This free toolkit provides a framework for you to undertake a self-review of how to maximise the impact of your funding against your school’s priorities.

The toolkit comes in two parts:

Part One – An introduction to each key indicator with messaging from a headteacher sharing good practice about how they have achieved improvement and planned for sustainability.
Part Two – Sustainability Actions, a proforma to help you as a school consider where you are now and what you need to do to improve and achieve sustainability in each key indicator.

Webinar: Putting PE, sport and physical activity at the heart of children’s recovery from the Coronavirus crisis

This webinar demonstrates how primary schools can use the PE and Sport Premium to recover from the coronavirus crisis. Framed around the needs of your staff and pupils, we unpick how to use the funding in a sustainable, whole school approach where everyone plays a contributing role. Watch it via the link below: