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Movement and Physical Literacy Training in Primary Schools: Pilot research in Leicestershire

Posted: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:52

Movement and Physical Literacy Training in Primary Schools: Pilot research in Leicestershire

In 2015, SAQ International were commissioned by Leicestershire Public Health to conduct a pilot research project on the impact of their structured movement programme on reception and Key Stage 1 children. The goal was to determine what difference movement training made to children's physical abilities, self-confidence, learning skills, behaviour, well-being and legacy.

The Pilot Project

The pilot project involved 14 schools, 7 of these schools as part of the intervention, with the remaining 7 part of a control.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, PE, gove

The PESS Premium : Why We Must Learn From The Past And Get It Right With Children’s Health & Wellbeing

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:21

The PESS Premium : Why We Must Learn From The Past And Get It Right With Children’s Health & Wellbeing

'Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body. It is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity'

(John F.Kennedy, American President)

With the General Election now behind us and with both Ministerial Portfolios and spending reviews currently in the process of being updated and finalised, what real future is there for the one true non-sedentary subject of the national curriculum?

Five years ago, Government Ministers hastily pursued their targeted 10-25% cuts as part.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, school sport, Legacy, PE, gove

Reflections on The Green Party's Sports Policy

Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:26

Reflections on The Green Party's Sports Policy

With less than three months to go, bookmakers are offering odds of 20/1 on any coalition involving The Green Party. In the current broadening of the UK's political landscape sport has a unique opportunity to widen its support-base and to understand and influence the sports policies of the smaller parties. A visit to their policy website reveals welcome information on the The Green Party's philosophy on sport and its role in society. A link to the policy website is given below, with some of the highlights detailed.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, Policy, Olympics, Local Government, PE, gove

Troubling Times for School Sport?

Posted: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:01

Troubling Times for School Sport?

With the average Primary School in England receiving over £9000 per year as part of a £750million Government drive to increase the number of children participating in sport, it certainly seems that the London 2012 "legacy" is in place with a healthy future beckoning for our next generation.

However, behind the political headlines, issues persist in the sector:

Baroness Sue Campbell, chairman of the Youth Sport Trust and former head of UK Sport, recently criticized the delivery of PE lessons in UK state.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, school sport, Policy, PE, gove

Pride of Britain Teacher Alan Watkinson Outlines his vision for Sport

Posted: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:12

Pride of Britain Teacher Alan Watkinson Outlines his vision for Sport

Today we publish an article by Alan Watkinson - a high profile supporter of School Sport Partnerships and well-known because this Summer one of his pupils - Mo Farrah went on to win 2 Gold medals for Team GB at the London Olympics! Alan this week won the Pride of Britain Teacher Award Writing in a personal capacity Alan sets out his views to the Sports Think Tank.


"It is true to say that I spent the summer of 2012 with a huge grin on my face intermingled with tears of joy rolling down my cheeks. Hearing.. Read More »

Tags: sport, school sport, Mo farrah, Gove

Gove Attempts to Find School Sport solution?

Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 09:04

This week Gove and the Education team have at least been seen to be talking to the 'sector' about their lack of coherence for school sport. As the Think Tank has found at the Party conferences so far the black hole that is Government policy on school sport is becoming a toxic issue which needs to be addressed to save the claim to any legacy plans.

The lack of a coherent school sport strategy has been highlighted as the missing link in the Government's legacy plans, and the meeting at the Department of Education.. Read More »

Tags: gove, school sport, PE

Government Reshuffle Impact on Sport

Posted: Wed, 05 Sep 2012 09:46

So the reshuffle has happened and the Westminster village has had its day of excitement. For those of us who have been inside the 'bubble' we know of the excitement and disappointment felt by so many MPs in one day. The atmosphere is amazing for political junkies who watch every move.

So what has that got to do with a sport think tank. As you can imagine we believe it's pretty fundamental to the direction (or lack of it) for the next two years (the average life span of a Minister).

One of the main reasons for.. Read More »

Tags: Government reshuffle, sport policy, Gove, hunt, Robertson

Playing Fields - The Story Behind the Headlines

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:23

We know that so much policy is decided in response to daily news headlines. So in the last few days the Olympic Legacy story has switched to School Playing Fields and now we await the response from politicians.

But we exist at the Sport Think Tank to get behind the headlines and to provide policy makers with access to the best evidence and facts before rushing onto the airwaves or creating the next headline. School Playing Field sales/disposals are full of myth and it's an issue in serious need of greater depth.. Read More »

Tags: school playing fields, gove, PE

Need for Co-ordinated Campaign for School Sport

Posted: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 09:41

School Sport Campaign

Our success in the Olympics is widely welcomed. Whilst there is a throught provoking blog on whether we should be funding our Gold medal tally through the taxpayer elsewhere on this site the challenge of school sport has raised its legacy head again.

We raised this subject before the Games started and we are delighted by the amount of interest the spotlight of the Olympics has once again thrown on the Gove cuts to school sport. Those cuts make it almost impossible for the government to claim.. Read More »

Tags: School sport, Olympic legacy, 2012, Gove