Following on from the success of the Olympics in 2012, and as part of the Olympic legacy, the Government have dedicated £750million to primary school sport in Britain until 2020. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26049332. In response to this the Camborne Science and International Academy Primary Sports Alliance was formed, establishing a collaborative approach to develop and sustain high-quality PE and Sports provision in primary schools now and for the future. There are eleven schools within the Alliance, ten local primaries and CSIA, who work together on a number of areas to enhance the quality and quantity of PE and Sport available to their students.
The primary focus of the Alliance is to provide opportunities for more students to participate and compete in physical activity, ultimately promoting healthy lifestyle habits and a life-long passion for Sport. This involves a wide range of activities including School Sports Partnership qualifying events, friendly sports festivals, and opportunities to try new activities, all supported by local clubs and organisations, to develop and sustain our links within the community. The Alliance also focuses on participation, with events such as Key Stage one multi-skills festivals and fun "Get Active" Festivals to encourage all students to find and develop their passion for physical activity. Following on from this, the Alliance is running leadership training opportunities for year 5 and 6 students, as well as offering specific training for Gifted and Talented athletes, with sport specific training opportunities and club links.
Another key focus for the Alliance is improving the quality of Physical Education lessons taught within school time through professional development and training for all teachers. This is being achieved through the delivery of a range of courses, focussing on all areas of the curriculum to improve teachers' confidence and competence to deliver fun, engaging PE lessons that promote physical literacy and learning. There are also valuable opportunities to network and share good practice both within, and outside of the Alliance. To support this focus the Alliance will be discussing, developing and evaluating the structure of the curriculum, and how this should look in each school, helping schools to implement changes and supporting where necessary.
All schools have expressed the need to be ready to prove how the additional funding has improved the experience of physical the Alliance have been working on methods of assessment and evidence that will show how they have implemented the money and the impact that this has had. Each school has completed an audit of their current provision and identified key areas that will be improved to ensure a fully comprehensive offer. New Ofsted guidance regarding PE and School Sport has ensured that this is an area that is imperative to whole school improvement.
The Alliance has seen a number of successes already this year, with all members embracing it we all recognise the impact that PE and School Sport can have on all areas of school life, and we are committed to improving the experience of all students within our schools. The benefits that this will have on students - will be seen both immediately in our schools, and in the years to come when they have adopted healthy, active lifestyles and developed a passion for Physical Activity and sport.
In addition to the investment into the CSIA Primary Sports Alliance, we have further invested in a peripatetic teacher to work with schools over a half term period, in order to offer support to staff delivering PE. The aim of the initiative is for the Peripatetic teacher to work alongside primary school staff in order to develop a broader and deeper specialism in teaching PE and school sport. This can be achieved through modelled lessons, collaborative teaching and weekly meetings, as well as individual teacher mentoring to ensure that their needs are met.