COVID, Schools and Pro Sport
During the peak lockdown period, children from disadvantaged areas did on average 1 hour less of learning every day compared to their peers. Some headteachers have predicted that this means it could take up to two years to bring some children back to their correct attainment level. Prior to the pandemic, the gap between these pupils was narrowing year on year, but it is believed that lockdown and COVID-related closures could now reverse all progress made since 2011.
Maths on the Move is a unique and innovative programme developed by teachers for teachers, using the concept of physically active learning to enhance children’s confidence and attainment in maths. The programme is suitable for all abilities and can be tailored to suit the individual requirements of your school. Every pupil receives a termly progress report, meaning you can track and monitor the quality of the programme as well as your pupils’ progress.
According to the TES, 69% of teachers have seen pupils’ behaviour dip compared to what it was before the coronavirus lockdown closed schools to the majority of pupils, and a survey by Young Minds UK found that 80% of young people said their mental health had deteriorated due to the coronavirus pandemic.
We are currently developing a brand new PSHE initiative; Applying Values, as we believe in the power of using physical activity to develop the holistic child. Applying Values will be a 6 week programme designed for Upper Key Stage Two. Each week we will focus on a specific value, such as respect or resilience, looking at them in depth and then applying them to practical physical activities. Each child will receive their own workbook, so monitoring their understanding and new learning will be simple and easy.
Tim Holingsworth, the CEO for Sport England reported that prior to lockdown, two thirds of children were doing the government’s recommended 60 minutes of activity every day. However, during lockdown, activity levels decreased to the point where 44% of children were either doing no activity or less than half an hour each day. Even since the start of this academic year, half of schools surveyed by the Youth Sports Trust were providing fewer than 30 minutes of daily activity time for children, including 12% of schools who said that there were no active minutes at all.
Our PE delivery team possess the experience, skills and qualifications to successfully manage full classes of children, meet the needs of all learners and cope with challenging behaviour. We provide excellent PPA provision, as well as a huge variety of extra-curricular clubs. We also offer PE Curriculum Support (PECS). PECS is led by expert mentors and focuses on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes. The programme involves regular and on-going support with opportunities for participants to self reflect. It involves activities designed to sustain and embed practice, including collaborative teacher activity, formative planning and assessment and expert primary school PE input.
If you think any of the above would be a great fit in your school, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01254 366316.