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Dorset Headteacher Alliance for Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity

The Dorset Headteacher Alliance (HTA) aims to improve the lives and wellbeing of all children and young people in Dorset through the power of PE, Physical Activity and Sport. The purpose of the alliance is to bring together representatives from different organisations who share the same vision.

If you are a Headteacher and would like to be involved in the Dorset Headteacher Alliance, please check the map above for gaps in representation and contact info@activedorset.org to register your interest.

As you can see from the clip below, Public Health Dorset has been working with the HTA to design and develop the Whole School Approach Project. This project builds on strong evidence for physical activity improving attainment, achievement, and emotional wellbeing.

Dorset Headteacher Alliance Newsletter - Latest Edition

If you would like to keep on top of the PE, school sport and physical activity headlines in Dorset, please sign up to receive our termly Headteacher Alliance Newsletter. It will only take a few moments of your time to register. If you click here and select 'Dashboard', then 'Account' and finally 'Email & Sharing' you will be able to select the newsletter of your choice. The latest edition is available below.

Cross-Government School Sport and Activity Action Plan

In July 2019, the Government published a cross-government School Sport and Activity Action Plan. Its purpose is to provide pupils with greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day. The plan outlines a range of new measures to strengthen the role of sport within a young person's daily routine. It also explains how teachers and parents can play their part, promoting a joined-up approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing.

This will be of interest to schools, teachers, parents and the sport sector as it is informed by both the Active Lives: Children and Young People Survey findings and the new Education Inspection Framework.

Primary PE and School Sport Premium

The recent mapping of the 2018-19 uses of the Primary PE and School Sport (PESS) premium in Dorset, is very positive. It reveals that 83% of schools have reported on both attainment in PE, and on participation in additional activities and clubs. 77% schools have reported on their sustainability plans for the future, with many schools investing in daily physical activity for all pupils.

We have also seen a positive rise in the numbers of schools publishing their swimming data online (from 33% to 76%), but only 56% reported on the ability for pupils to safe self-rescue. Looking ahead, Active Dorset aims to help Swim England promote the Swim Safe programme in the county

Active Lives Survey: Children and Young People in Dorset

Sport England will release its Year 2 data set for the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, on the 5th December 2019.

The Year 1 results indicated that only 17.5% of children and young people are meeting the current CMO Guidelines of 60 minutes per day, and 33% are achieving less than 30 minutes per day. It also revealed that the main driver for participation is enjoyment.

Please click here to find out why it is of benefit for your school to participate, and here to see if your school has been selected to participate this year.

Healthy Schools Rating Scheme

The healthy schools rating scheme is a self-assessment tool designed by the DfE to help schools improve the health and wellbeing of their pupils. This has been added to the Active Lives Survey, in the teacher questionnaire. For full information, please click here.

Key Documents and Web Links

PHE Activity and Health Resources for Schools