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Headteacher & Governor Information for Autumn 2017

Primary PE and School Sport Funding for 2017-18

Active Dorset is delighted to confirm that in July, the Government announced that all Primary schools in England will receive a straight doubling of their current PE & Sport Premium funding grant. This means that schools will be able to continue to deliver, improve and develop their high quality Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport provision.

Key Changes from September 2017

  • Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1000 per pupil in Years 1-6
  • Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 plus an additional payment of £10 per pupil in Years 1-6

Please click here to access further information on the DfE website. Please note that more detailed information is to be released by the Government in October 2017.

Primary Sport Premium Funding - School Website Report Template and ASA Swimming Guidance

Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People

120 schools in Dorset have been selected to participate in the Active Lives Survey across 2017-18, where 40 schools will be invited to participate each term.

Sport England is collating information on the types and quantity of activity that children aged 5-16 engage in. Their research is supported by the Department for Education, the Department for Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Why participate in the Survey? Sport England will provide each school with a bespoke report outlining their results from the survey which will cover measures of children's activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, well-being, self-efficacy and levels of social trust. Schools will also receive £100+ to thank them for their involvement in this survey.

Coming soon - In October, full survey information about the Active Lives Survey for children and Young people in Dorset will be available on the Active Dorset website! Lists of participating schools, all letter templates and 'top tips' from participating schools will feature on a termly basis.

Contact Annie Hargreaves on ahargreaves@activedorset.org for any questions, advice or support linked with the survey.

Public Health Physical Activity Guidance

Guidelines for 5- to 18-year-olds

To maintain a basic level of health, the NHS suggests that children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to be active for at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day AND more vigorously active for three days of the week.

During term time the Government expects schools to provide 30 minutes of this daily recommendation. As a profession, teachers can help children and young people to think about how active they are - both within and beyond the school gate.

Dorset PE and School Sport Conference

QE School, Wimborne - Friday 29th September

Headteachers are warmly invited to book now for the Dorset PE and School Sport Conference 2017. The conference explores Behaviour Change for a Healthy and Productive Lifestyle by examining different mind sets around physical activity, focusing on how they relate to the current lifestyles of children, young people and school staff.

Please click here to book your place and to download the conference programme. Free Governor places are also available. Join us for the whole day or simply the Keynotes from 9-10.30am and the Headteacher/Governor Workshop GW1 from 11-11.45am.

Our School Can

Inspiring Active Futures!

Our School Can is an exciting new campaign for schools in Dorset. The key focus is about inspiring active futures for our children and young people by sharing good practice across the county!

The campaign will be launched at the Dorset PE and School Sport Conference on the 29th September 2017 where Headteachers and PE Coordinators will be invited to make a pledge about inspiring active futures in their own school, and to share that pledge with Active Dorset by Christmas 2017.

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.

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