visits school near Burnham to see activity project in action
Minister for Children and Families visited a school near Burnham-On-Sea
this week to see how an activity project is benefiting pupils
staff and children of Pawlett School received a special visit
from the Minister for Families and Children, Edward Timpson.
MP joined Dean Horridge of Fit For Sport, a group that aims to
engage and educate children, young people and families through
activity, and Head Teacher Anne Goodison to view a special Engage
to Compete session by the pupils. The Minister also joined
in the fun activities.
Engage to Compete pilot programme was originally funded
by Sport England and delivered by Fit For Sport in 2013 at the
school and at other schools across Somerset and Manchester.
For Sport and the Minister visited the school to view the legacy
left behind with staff and pupils since the pilot programme ended
and talk about the changes seen in the development of children
with this whole-school approach to activity.
programme set out to develop confidence and skills of children
to ensure they can find the pathway easier between school sport/activity.
key to the programme was the combination of training and support,
training not only PE staff, but also support staff to deliver
structured, fun, enjoyable physical activities.
activity was not limited to PE lessons but delivered throughout
the full school day, typically in the playground during lunch
and break times for all children.
Minister said of his visit: "It was a fantastic experience
to visit Pawlett School and really understand how the Engage
to Compete programme can make a difference in pupils
lives, giving them a fun, engaging pathway into activity and sport."
like Engage to Compete are successful because they
really help the entire school engage in activity, rather than
just the sporty children, and the engagement from the kids that
Ive seen has been excellent, they enjoyed the sessions,
had smiles on their faces and most importantly, everyone could
take part and got active, and this is exactly what we need the
next generation to be doing."
Horridge, CEO of Fit For Sport and Chair of Compass Association,
commented on the success of the pilot programme: "By providing
training, support and resources, Engage to Compete enables schools
to continue the activity programme and indeed build upon
it, long into the future, which is definitely what we saw today
at Pawlett School today."
in school sport provides a welcome injection of cash, but for
changes to be sustainable, a programme must take a longer view
and seek to empower schools and inspire all pupils to get active
and stay active. That is what makes the Engage to Compete
programme stand out and why schools can continue to adopt a 'whole-school'
approach to physical activity."
the six-month programme at the school last year, Head of PE Sally
Plume found that the programme was hugely beneficial in a number
of different ways, such as increasing the activity provision offered
to all pupils, increasing the pupil mix in participation,
particularly those who sometimes were a little reluctant to participate
in activities, and helping older pupils learn the importance of
routine and praise.
Goodison, Head Teacher of Pawett School, added: "It was a
real surprise and a wonderful opportunity for the pupils at Pawlett
Primary School to meet the Minister and of course welcome back
Fit for Sport. They were visiting the school to discover how funding
from The Engage to Compete Programme had been implemented
in building a legacy for Pawlett School."
small village Primary School has been committed to encouraging
children to participate in Physical Educational activities for
many years; taking advantage of working with partner schools,
a number of clubs as well as individual sports and dance instructors.
But our involvement with Engage to Compete has enabled
us to have access to a structure which we could adapt to suit
our needs. We intend to continue with this programme in future
years; to make it part of the fabric and culture of the school
and we thank both Fit For Sport and Edward Timpson for a wonderful
and video: The Minister visiting the school (pics: Jason Adams)