Somerset Primary PE Conference - 'Putting PE at the heart of the school'
Posted: Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:30
'Putting PE at the heart of the school' was our theme for the 2019 Somerset Primary PE and Sport Conference. We welcomed 87 primary teachers, SEN staff and teaching assistant staff to the annual conference at the Canalside on Friday 25th January.
This was a great opportunity for staff to focus on making the most of their PE and sport premium funding whist gaining ideas and activities for increasing activity levels, improving children's wellbeing and raising achievement in their schools. An exciting day was planned to include time for sharing ideas and good practice, meeting support providers, discussing case studies and new innovations and taking part in fun and inspiring practicals.
The conference was held in the format of a school day, with a staff briefing, assembly, lessons and after-school clubs - all led by professionals within the education and private sector.
Rocktopuskids got the conference off to a musical start engaging teachers in an energising song creation with actions. You can see the final production at www.rocktopusmusic.com/pe. The staff briefing was an informative keynote from Burt Bond from the Children's Health & Exercise Unit in Exeter, an internationally recognised pediatric research unit. He shared their research on physical activity levels of our young people and stated that their is no evidence to show that taking children out of lessons to take part in sport, has any effect on their academic attainment, either at Key Stage 2 stats or at secondary level GCSE's. This was a strong message for teachers to take back to their schools and Head Teachers.
The assembly was led by former Head Teacher Lee Wolmarans, who gave a witty incite to the life of the PE Lead and PE in schools. Following Lee, Inspired Playgrounds led an active break time before teachers continued to their second lesson including a workshop delivered by Michelle Roberts from AfPE on physical activity and attainment. The Create Wheel by Create Development and after-school clubs, which included yoga, dance, netball, hockey and athletics, completed the day's training and we hope teachers went away inspired and full of ideas for their PE curriculum and good use of their PE and Sport premium.
Further information on the conference can be found on our website - https://www.sasp.co.uk/primary-pe-conferences
Information for schools: The deadline for reporting on schools PE and Sport premium has changed from April to July 31st. Schools needing any help with information on PE reporting or planning, please get in touch with the Education Team at SASP.