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

The Multi-Skills Zone Playground Markings...

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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.”
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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.

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


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.


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

Using the MSZ is proven to increase levels of physical activity throughout school which, in turn, leads to increased concentration in class and improved attainment. Leadership, teamwork, communication and confidence are also developed through our Level 1 Playground Buddies CPD courses.


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.


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.


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!

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)

Competition Tutorial Video A

Competition Tutorial Video B


Download your free blank templates to add your own CPD ideas, send them in to [email protected] and we'll feature them here.

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Download your free CPD lesson plans PDF's below.

Animal Leap Lesson Plan

Aroud the World Lesson Plan

Ball Tag Lesson Plan

Bean Bag Bananza

Bean Bag Batters Lesson Plan

Cactus Camp Lesson Plan

Rocket Launcher Lesson Plan

Spiders & Flies Lesson Plan

Download our FREE spooky Haloween CPD lesson plans PDF's below.

Ghosts, Ghouls, Gremlins & Goblins

Race to the Witches Hat

The Haunted House

Witches Vs Healers

Zombie Land

Send in your own CPD ideas using the form below and get your school featured.

We love to hear your ideas about new activities that can be carried out on our Multi-Skills markings. If you think you have a great idea please let us know about it by filling out the below form.

All of the best ideas we get will be made available for other schools to access via this page.

Don't just take our word for it, here's some of our most recent feedback from delegates who have attended the Level 1 Multi-Skills course relating to our Multi-Skills Zone...


13 staff inc KS1 /KS2 Teachers & TA’s

"Excellent training! Fun, educational & something that will definitely inspire the children."

"Great ideas for PE & lessons across the curriculum. Looking forward to using the markings tomorrow"

"Amazing session, fun and active. Can’t wait to try out the activities with the class."

"Will benefit many aspects within the school, playtimes & lessons. Great addition to the playground."

"So many ways to adapt to meet the needs of all abilities. Thank you for a fun training session."

Arden Primary, Stockport

15 teachers

"Really great session; energetic, impassioned, active and confidently led. My children will love these games."

"Great quick ideas that can be adapted for all ages."

"Interesting & useful ideas. I like the ‘no set-up required’ nature of the markings."

"Great cross-curricular links, particularly with maths."

"Enjoyable & thought-provoking session. Thanks"

"An enjoyable, hands-on training session which can easily be implemented in school."

"Really enjoyed the session. Think the children will enjoy it too."

Bramble Brae, Aberdeen

10 staff inc TA's & PSA's

"Fantastic training day. Very well lead. Feel more confident using the playground markings."

"Excellent course & should prove invaluable in the use of our playground markings. Very enjoyable."

"A great course! Very enjoyable and lots of ideas. I’m enthused!"

"Great fun. Looking forward to getting the kids involved with the games."

"The trainer did a great job showing us how to use the markings. I know the children will have as much fun as we had."