The CPD training that ESP delivers is a fantastic way to upskill staff 

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Department for Education Vision for the Primary PE and Sport Premium
“ALL pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.”

ESP Multiskills Zone & CPD will enable schools to show impact against the following 5 key indicators.
Key indicator 1

The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that primary school children undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school

Independent research shows not only more activity among individuals using the MSZ but greater numbers of pupils engaging during breaktimes. The MSZ can also be used during curriculum time adding physical activity to core subjects.

Key indicator 2

The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.

Using the MSZ can raise levels of physical activity throughout school which in turn has links to increased concentration levels in class and better attainment in subjects. Leadership and communication is also developed through Playground Buddies training which can accompany the MSZ

Key indicator 3

Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

Our afPE accredited awards linked to our MSZ are an extremely cost effective way of upskilling ALL staff and adults involved in the delivery and supervision of physical activities and PE. Feedback from our CPD courses is overwhelmingly positive with regards to increasing confidence, knowledge and skills.

Key indicator 4

Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils

The Multi-Skills approach is non-sports specific which means that the fundamental skills developed on the MSZ are transferrable across ALL sports. It doesn’t get any broader when opening the door to experience new sports and activities.

Key indicator 5

Increased participation in competitive sport

Our new Multi-Skills festival pack for schools means that every single child across both key stages can participate in a competitive activity on the MSZ. Upload your scores to our website and you’ve just taken part in a virtual national competition without even leaving school!

Neil Claxton - Head of CPD


The CPD training that ESP delivers is a fantastic way to up-skill staff as well as being an effective sustainable way of using the Sports Premium funding.

As a passionate PE practitioner working in schools, I am delighted to be appointed by ESP as their Head of CPD & Education. The opportunity to lead on the national delivery of high-quality CPD presents a real challenge that I could not turn down. I look forward to supporting schools and their staff in providing strategies to increase sustained participation in high-quality physical activity for every child.

As a specialist PE practitioner, I have been helping primary schools raise standards of PE for the last 16 years. I have worked with School Sport Partnerships in the North West of England delivering competitions, improving levels of participation and inclusion.

I first started working with ESP Play five years ago when they installed a Multi-skills Zone at my primary school. I instantly recognised the value and the positive impact of the Multi-skills Zone. The support of the Nationally Accredited CPD enabled me as a teacher to utilise the zone within curriculum delivery but also across numerous wider school activities such as play times, sports clubs, games and skill development. In addition, our Yr6 pupils were trained to deliver as Playground Buddies.

An ESP multiskills zone package inc Level 1 training for staff & Playground Buddies plus easy to run multiskills festival resource will ensure improvement in all 5 key indicators.
PLUS Can be used to demonstrate evidence-based actions around new “healthy schools rating scheme” starting Sept 17 including 30mins daily physical activity as part of the governments Childhood Obesity Strategy – August 2016
rohampton university research

Teachers’ knowledge and understanding of fundamental movement skills (FMS) and multi-skills have been enhanced as a result of the ESP training and opportunities to focus on these specific elements during PE lessons.

Virtual Multi-Skills Festival

An effective way for the whole of KS1 & KS2 to take part in team or individual competitions without the transport hassle. Each athlete can complete a competition in under 60 minutes. Use as a Level 1 (intra) competition in your own school then upload results to compete in our virtual Level 2 (inter)competition in our ESP Play schools network. Take part as often as you like to track skill progression
Download our Virtual Multi-Skills Festival PDF Resource HERE (PDF)

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