School competitive team sports move unveiled

Competitive team sports will be made compulsory for all primary school children in England, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

A draft new curriculum this autumn would require participation in sports such as football, hockey and netball.

Mr Cameron has been urged to set out how he intends to secure a sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympics.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has called on political parties to work together on a 10-year plan to boost sports activity.

‘Recognisable sports’

The prime minister has pointed to a £1bn fund for youth sport, but the government has been criticised for scrapping a target of two hours physical education a week for school children.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for two hours a day of compulsory sport.

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“Now the London Olympics has been a great success, we need to use the inspiration of the Games to get children playing sport more regularly”

David Cameron Prime Minister

Mr Cameron said earlier this week schools often saw the two-hour target as a maximum and told the BBC that Indian dance was being counted as physical education.

On Saturday he said the national curriculum for primary schools in England would be rewritten with an explicit reference to competitive team sports.

The new curriculum will make it compulsory to take part in “recognised and recognisable sports” and will set out requirements for “team outdoor and adventurous activity”.

Mr Cameron said: “The idea of an Olympics legacy has been built into the DNA of London 2012 from the very beginning.

“Now the London Olympics has been a great success, we need to use the inspiration of the Games to get children playing sport more regularly.”

‘Pursue dreams’

He added: “I want to use the example of competitive sport at the Olympics to lead a revival of competitive sport in primary schools.

“We need to end the ‘all must have prizes’ culture and get children playing and enjoying competitive sports from a young age, linking them up with sports clubs so they can pursue their dreams.

“That’s why the new national curriculum in the autumn will include a requirement for primary schools to provide competitive sport.”

But Philip Collins, a former speech writer for Tony Blair, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Mr Cameron’s analysis was “about 20 years out of date” and the plans were “effectively reinstating” the Schools Sports Partnership programme – set up by Labour, and cut by the Tories in 2010.

He went on to say playing competitive sport for a school was “intrinsically exclusive” and it was “perfectly sensible to have lots of other physical activities for children who loathed PE”.

Damian Hinds, Conservative MP for East Hampshire, said competitive sport taught children “the power of a team, pushing yourself, and learning that life involves losing some things as well as winning”.

Under the last government, only two in five children took part in competitive sports within schools, with one in five regularly taking part in competitive sport with other schools, he added.

The National Association of Head Teachers has called for further investment in a wide range of school sports.

But it said the government should not seek to dictate the specific games that are played.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the head teachers’ union, said: “London 2012 has drawn the nation’s attention to the sheer breadth of sports on offer and an enduring legacy would be to see the government promote these, thereby ensuring children enjoy participating at every level. The message is diversity.”


Source – BBC News


Why learn outdoors and use physical activity in Science?

Why learn outdoors and use physical activity in Science?

At ESP we recognise the importance of learning outside the classroom and have now worked with hundreds of schools delivering our concept. Below are a few questions we come across when discussing our concept.

• Why bother going outside of the classroom?

• Why bother using physical activity in Science?

• The weather’s too bad.

• It’s hard work managing the pupils – their behaviour changes.

• The class is too big!

 It’s worth it because…

• Learning through physical activity outside of the classroom enriches the curriculum.

• It can give children new and exciting experiences that might inspire them.

• It meets the needs for a variety of learning styles (VAK) and can re-motivate children who do not thrive in the traditional classroom environment.

• It supports improved standards back INSIDE the classroom, raising attainment, reducing truancy and improving discipline.

• Learning outside the classroom is known to contribute significantly to raising standards & improving pupils’ personal, social & emotional development.

• Learning outside the classroom as a regular part of their school life results in benefits such as increased self esteem and pupils becoming more engaged in their education both inside and outside the classroom walls.

• Children need to move – not just for the sake of their physical selves, but also for social, emotional and cognitive development; movement benefits the whole child.

• There is a positive association between children’s level of physical activity (or sport) and cognitive functioning or academic success.

 What do OfSTED say?

An evaluation report published in 2008 makes very clear that learning outside the classroom significantly raises standards and achievements. It also enhances young people’s motivation and levels of interest, providing real, exciting and enjoyable contexts.

Start working in partnership with ESP and bring this positive experience to your school playground.

Our CPD and teacher training department has a wide range of national expertise and is responsible for supporting all of our playground equipment and services, making them relevant and purposeful to the national curriculum. This ensures that every school working in partnership with ESP delivers sustainable change.


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Berwick Hills Primary Buy Huge Trim Trail

Berwick Hills Primary school in Middlesbrough have added to their impressive new school build with a brand new trim trail.  This trim trail has a huge mixture of components included to offer the children lots of fun and adventure. The trim trail includes items from the very popular TAZ (Team Adventure Zone) range that challenges children’s strength, agility, balance and co-ordination.  Mixed in with some standard trim trail equipment this playground equipment will provide the school with lots of use.

The installation is due to be started in the Easter holidays and will be completed by the time the children return. The school and the children particularly like the following playground equipment, for more information about each product please click on the images:

The Tangled Lynx provides a different challenge entirely to a standard trim trail. This exciting piece of playground equipment challenges the children to think very carefully about how to climb across the playground equipment

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More Playground Equipment for Peel Park

Peek Park school in Accrington have decided to work with ESP again to develop a range of areas in their playground. ESP are specialist providers for school playground equipment and work with nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and SEN schools throughout the UK. Judith Williams, Head Teacher, has worked with ESP before on three other projects at her school along with a range of community initiatives within the local area.

The project has seen a large investment made in areas to develop areas for physical activity, climbing, outdoor classrooms, traversing and sport. The products in this area included products such as:

  • Trim Trail.
  • TAZ playground equipment.
  • Outdoor Classrooms.
  • Safety Surfacing.
  • Traversing Walls and much, much more.

The project is due to be complete in March and will see a remarkable transformation of some redundant spaces. The children will now get the most of the time outdoors without the need for teachers to set up areas to play and explore. The permanent structures have been designed in such a way that still allows the children to freely explore all areas of the playground and be very creative in how they use the playground equipment. Judith Williams was delighted with the design and the thought process that went into the position and management of the playground equipment. She can’t wait for it to be complete.

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Another Happy Customer

ESP have just completed a playground project at St John the Baptist CE VA Primary School in Essex.  The school and the kids are absolutely delighted with the finished product and have gone out of their way to tell everyone about it.  Tim Cook, the school procurement officer, made a telephone call our Managing Director to explain firsthand how delighted he was with the quality of the products, the efficiency of the installation, the standard of the ESP representative and the overall service and experience.

The school has had a brand new trim trail / climbing frame to fit an existing area.

The headteacher of the school email the ESP representative and said:

I am hoping that a photo of Mick, Mark and Elvis is going to attach its self properly! They have been absolutely fantastic! The children gave them a big shout out this morning and three cheers! I will sort out the other photos for you and get some more done when the edging is finished etc. Sorry note is short ~ I will write properly very soon as very impressed with team and I think they were too with our kids! – Many many thanks, Amanda

At ESP we are delighted that we yet another happy customer!