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Headteacher & Governor Information - Spring 2018

Greater Accountability for the Primary PE and School Sport Premium in 2018

Double the funding means greater accountability for the Primary PE and School Sport Premium this academic year. Schools are to publish their website report by the 4th April 2018.

The new expectations/uses for the Premium funding are aligned with the Government's vision and strong Public Health messages. There are new requirements around publication of swimming data, meeting the daily 30 minutes of activity for every child during the school day, and ensuring compliance with online reporting requirements.

Please click here for further information on the 5 headings listed below:

  1. Government guidance for the Primary PE and School Sport premium, 2017-18.
  2. A summary of the new PE and School Sport Premium expectations.
  3. A website template tool commissioned by the Government to guide your annual report.
  4. A pre-populated example of the template produced by afPE and the YST.
  5. Example questions which Ofsted may ask Governors about the Primary PE and School Sport Premium.

Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People: Spring Term List

Has your school been selected to participate this spring? Please click here to check.

Active Dorset encourages every school to participate in this survey. Sport England will provide each participating school with a bespoke report outlining their results from the survey. This will cover measures of your children's activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, well-being, self-efficacy and levels of social trust. If all schools in Dorset participate, we will collate tangible results for all children in the county around the above measures.

In addition, schools will also receive between £100-£500 to thank them for their involvement in this survey. Please click here to read more or contact Annie Hargreaves in the Active Dorset team to 'opt in' to the survey - ahargreaves@activedorset.org

Playing Pitch Strategies

Understanding Local Capacity for Bournemouth and Poole Schools

Bournemouth and Poole councils along with Active Dorset and Sport England are refreshing the Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) for each Borough. The PPS aims to ensure there is a good supply of high quality playing pitches and playing fields to meet the sporting needs of local communities.

Active Dorset invite all Bournemouth & Poole schools to complete the survey here.

This work seeks to understand what capacity, quality and availability there is for pitch-based sports and will inform future local/national investment and form a part of local planning policy.

As the pitch provision on school sites plays an important part in the local provision, Colin Johnson from Todd associates who is working on behalf of both Boroughs, may contact your school in January or Early February. Colin will be seeking some information on the pitches at your school and their use, and Active Dorset would be very grateful if schools try to help with this process and support the wider policy development.

Please click here to read more about the PPS. Click here to read more about opening your school gates for community use.

NEW: Health and Well-Being Strategy Group for Dorset Schools

The three Local Authorities in Dorset are currently working on Emotional Health and Well-Being for Children and Young People (CYP). Public Health Engand's Prevention at Scale is central to this work, with a key focus on a whole school approach to physical activity.

Following an inaugural focus group meeting with Public Health Dorset and representatives from Dorset schools in November 2017, a new Health & Wellbeing Strategy Group (Steering group) has been established in Dorset.

The first meeting will be held this term on Wednesday 7th March at QE School, from 10.30am – 1pm.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Chris Caws from the Youth Sport Trust directly: chris.caws@youthsporttrust.org

Ofsted's New Arrangements for Short Inspections of Good Schools

From January 2018, Ofsted will make the following three changes:

  • Firstly, a short inspection will convert to a section 5 inspection (normally within 48 hours) if there are serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education.
  • Secondly, when there are no significant issues with safeguarding or behaviour, but inspectors identify potential concerns about either the quality of education or leadership and management, the inspection will not convert. Instead, Ofsted will publish a letter setting out the school's strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Thirdly, when inspectors think a school may be showing marked improvement towards an outstanding judgement, they will not convert the inspection. Instead, they will publish a letter confirming that the school is still good.

Please click here for further information.

Ofsted's Advice for Governors

Belita Scott, Ofsted's National Lead, Governance, gives some examples of what governors might be asked during inspection. Click here for more information.

£45m boost for young people with SEND

The Government has announced a package of support worth nearly £45 million to provide additional help for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Minister for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill confirmed the additional funding for councils and organisations to continue transforming SEN provision and put families at the heart of the system.

The reforms which began in 2014 introduced Education, Health and Care plans which are tailored to the individual needs of the child or young person.

Click here for the full article.

A Whole School Framework for Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health

Supporting Resources for School Leaders

With such increasing numbers of complex mental health issues, the National Children's Bureau (NCB) and its Partnership for Well Being and Mental Health in Schools has produced 'A whole school framework for emotional well-being and mental health - A self-assessment and improvement tool for school leaders' The framework is broken down into four stages, which are:

Stage 1: Deciding to act and identifying what is in place already

Stage 2: Getting a shared understanding and commitment to change and development

Stage 3: Building relationships and developing practices

Stage 4: Implementation and evaluation

The framework brings together the research evidence and provides practical support by setting out additional information and resources. It is intended to support all schools to create sustainable and manageable responses to the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of both students and staff.

Please click here to read more, here to download the toolkit and here to obtain supporting resources.

New Change 4 Life Campaign

Change4Life has launched an exciting new campaign to help families choose healthier snacks and reduce their children's sugar intake. The campaign will help parents take action by introducing a new simple tip – Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max!

Public Health England has created a Local Health Champion toolkit to help school colleagues, family and community choose healthier snacks and cut back on sugar.

Please click on the headings below for further information:

If you have any questions please email partnerships@phe.gov.uk.

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