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Headteacher & Governor Information - Autumn 2018

Active Dorset PE, School Sport and Physical Activity Conference

130 delegates from over 80 schools attended the Dorset PE and School Sport Conference in September, and focused on how Active Children = Happy + Healthy + Successful Futures.

Dr William Bird shared insight on how activity directly impacts on readiness to learn and attainment, and how schools can take small steps to effect change.

In addition, Dr Jo Harris from Loughborough University shared insight on 'Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Schools' by reinforcing the importance PE in the curriculum. All schools received a complimentary copy of her book.

Primary PE and School Sport Premium Update

The current Under-Secretary of State Nadhim Zahawi, confirmed that the premium will remain to be funded at the current level for 2018-19.

Schools should have published their 2017-18 report by now, and the 2018-19 report by April 2019. Schools are required to publish how many pupils are meeting the national curriculum requirements for swimming, in the current cohort of Year 6 pupils.

If you have any concerns about compliance with the Government guidelines, please click here for key Primary Sport Premium information/downloads or contact ahargreaves@activedorset.org in Active Dorset.

Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People in Dorset

Sport England reports that Dorset schools are underachieving and failing national targets. Less than 22% of selected schools in Dorset completed the national survey last term which means that we are falling far behind the 300 responses per SGO area that other counties are achieving.

Active Dorset is appreciative of all schools who do participate in the survey and would encourage the schools selected for this term to get in touch if additional support is required. To check if your school has been selected to participate this term, click here to find out more.

Health and Well-Being Funding for Dorset Schools

Looking for a whole school initiative? One which addresses the emotional health and well-being services for children and young people through physical activity?

If so, funding is available from Public Health Dorset for physical activity projects which are designed to provide emotional health and well-being solutions for young people.

Please click here to find out more. The application window is open until 5th November 2018.

Health and Wellbeing - Positive Outcomes linked to Physical Activity

Recent high profile research has linked improved outcomes for young people who are under achieving, struggling with their mental health and who are classified as SEND. These young people typically under-perform academically due to low self-esteem and confidence.

In Dorset our 'Can Do' School Games programme has won national acclaim for it's innovative approach to activity provision. Please contact your School Games Organiser or Active Dorset to find out more about the Can Do Programme, or click here to find out more about the YST programme 'Play Unified'.

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