Primary School Sport
Wesport works with 345 primary schools across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) to support them in developing high quality PE and school sports provision to enable children to develop good physical literacy skills and lead a healthy, active life. We are funded by Sport England to ensure all primary schools are spending the PE & Sports Premium funding effectively to create sustainable opportunities that will benefit pupils in years to come.
We also run a series of multi-sport festivals across the year to motivate young people to participate in competitive school sport. Find out how your school can enter compeitions locally by visiting our School Games section.
Why invest in PE and sport?
The Chief Medical Officer guidelines for children aged 5-11 is to take part in 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As mentioned in the Childhood Obesity Strategy, it is now every school’s responsibility to help children achieve 30 of those minutes in school time. Daily physical activity is fundamental for children’s physical, mental and social wellbeing and will help them make more informed choices about continuing participation as they grow older. Integrating physical activity across your school can contribute to whole school achievement by having the following impacts on children:
- Improved mental wellbeing and self-esteem
- Develop confidence and social interaction
- Better concentration and behaviour in class
- Helps children feel part of a team
- Builds confidence and social skills
- Develop resilience
What support can we offer?
We have developed a broad offer of support to enable us to cater for the needs of every school across the four Unitary Authority areas. Most of our services are free to schools to access, with the exception of some training courses and conferences. If you would like to benefit from any of the services listed below please contact Ian Ridge on 0117 328 1469 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PE Co-ordinator networking opportunities
- 1:1 support for individual schools
- Annual PE conference
- Teacher CPD courses
- Advice in developing competitive sport through the School Games programme
- Help developing links with local sports clubs - see Downloads section for a list of suggested clubs and Club Link Agreement form
- Guidance on recruiting external coaches
- Guidance on developing a Health & Wellbeing offer in your school
There are an abundance of different resources offering complete schemes of work and lesson plans. All those listed in the link have been recommended to us by various schools, but you will need to choose the one that best suits the needs of your school, staff and pupils. We have produced a directory of resources to share here. If your school has a resource you love to use, that has benefited you and you would like to recommend to others please email Ian.Ridge@wesport.org.uk.
Active Lives Survey + Healthy Schools Rating Scheme
The Active Lives Children and Young People Survey provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. It helps anyone working with children aged 5-16 to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and physical activity.
As an Active Partnership, we administer the Children and Young People Active Lives Survey for the West of England. At a local level understanding the attitudes and behaviours of young people and involving them is fundamental in shaping any intervention within school. If you would like to volunteer your school to take part to receive a bespoke report, please email email@example.com.
Would you like to develop your knowledge of particular sports to enable you to offer a more varied PE curriculum and support pupils in developing a wide range of skills? Do you want to build your own confidence in teaching particular areas of PE?
We aim to organise bespoke training to meet the needs of teachers. Please CLICK HERE to complete a quick 2 minute survey informing us of your training needs.