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New plan to help children get active

New plan to help children get active

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Active Sussex welcomes the Government's new School Sport and Activity Action Plan, which aims to give children greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of daily sport and physical activity.

The new plan sets out a range of new measures to strengthen the role of physical activity within a young person’s daily routine, to explain how teachers and parents can play their part, and to promote a joined-up approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing.

What's outlined in the plan? 

The government has three overarching ambitions for this plan:

1. All children and young people take part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

2. Children and young people have the opportunity to realise developmental, character-building experiences through sport, competition and active pursuits.

3. All sport and physical activity provision for children and young people is designed around the principles of physical literacy, focuses on fun and enjoyment and aims to reach the least active.

*The ambitions have been developed based on evidence gathered, through consultation and meetings with a number of stakeholders across the sport and education sector. The Sport England approach is informed by data from the Active Lives Children and Young People survey, which reflects the views of over 130,000 children and young people (aged 5-16) as well as teachers. 

Immediate actions to help schools 

  • An additional £2 million investment from Sport England to create 400 new after-school satellite clubs to get more young people in disadvantaged areas active
  • Department for Education (DfE) committing £2.5m in 2019-20 to deliver extra training for PE teachers, help schools open their facilities at weekends and holidays, and expand sports volunteering programmes
  • A new Inspection Framework, developed between Ofsted and DfE, that will come into effect this September and see schools expected to provide children with a broad, balanced education, including opportunities to get active during the school day and through extracurricular activities
  • A series of regional pilots running from September 2020, joint-funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and DfE, through Sport England, to trial innovative approaches to getting more young people active – particularly less active groups such as girls and those from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Schools and sports clubs will work together to share their facilities and expertise, giving more pupils access to character-building competitive sport and volunteering opportunities. They will focus on ensuring boys and girls have an equal and coordinated offer of sport, competition and activity, including modern PE lessons and access to high-quality clubs and competitions after school and during weekends and holidays

Access the full School Sport and Activity Action Plan here. 

*More detail on the actions in the plan will be published later this year. 

How can we Active Sussex help across the county?

Primary PE and Sport Premium support: Active Sussex is one of the 43 Active Partnerships across England - the only organisations that are funded by Sport England to offer primary schools free, objective advice and support that helps them spend the Primary PE and Sport Premium effectively. 

Nick Chellel, Active Sussex's School & Community Sports Officer said: "We have a key role to play and can provide help by maximising the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding to lead to self-sustaining improvement with the overall goal of building a lasting legacy. 

"Also using our insight, including results from the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, and resources, we will ensure that future sport and physical activity focuses on the children and places most in need of the support we can offer.

Satellite Clubs support: Active Sussex has been delivering the Satellite Clubs programme across the county since 2013 with over 3,000 young people benefiting. We are looking to work with partner organisations who work with the following 14-19 year old target groups: 

  • Education transition
  • Inactive
  • People with disabilities
  • Low Socio Economic Groups
  • Young people with barriers to sport (e.g. anxiety, mental health issues, cultural). 

Insight and data support: Active Sussex uses strategy, insight and gathers local intelligence. Access our latest Sport England's Children and Young People Survey - Sussex Snapshot results here and our Active Sussex Active Lives Children and Young People support pack, which includes InsightRecommendations and Resources is available here.

Active Sussex Primary PE Page Links:

More information and Active Sussex contacts:

For more information concerning the Primary PE and Sport Premium, please contact Nick Chellel, Active Sussex's School and Community Sports Officer: E: nchellel@activesussex.org / T: 01273 644106 / 07766 894494 

To find out more about the Sport England's Active Lives: Children and Young People Survey, Sussex data, please contact Henry McLaughlin, Active Sussex's Data Analysis & Services Officer: E: hmclaughlin@activesussex.org / T: 01273 643838. 

And for more information about the Active Sussex Satellite Clubs programme (funded by Sport England and the Lottery), please contact Jo Ashworth, Active Sussex's Strategic Relationship Manager -  / Children & Young People: E: jashworth@activesussex.org / T: 01273 644139 / 07760 156122.