The framework is built around seven strategic ambitions, which when collectively supported by schools and key partners, will ensure that PE, school sport and physical activity can positively contribute towards our children and young people achieving healthy, active and happy lives.
The development of this has been led by the PE and School Sport Strategy Group for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in consultation with schools with the aim of supporting schools and key stakeholders to:
- Better understand some of the issues and challenges we are facing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough relating to young people’s physical health.
- Work collectively and collaboratively to deliver a set of strategic ambitions that can contribute towards addressing these challenges.
- Understand what excellent PE and school sports provision looks like and what actions are already being taken to deliver this.
- Understand which organisations can offer help and assistance and provide signposting to other support and resources.
Most importantly, it is designed to be used as a resource by schools to enable self-reflection and development planning to deliver improvements in PE, school sport and physical activity provision. Under each strategic ambition, a set of improvement criteria are provided along with signposting to wider relevant supporting resources.
At the heart of this framework is a desire for collaborative action to ensure every child and young person is provided with positive experiences to be active and supporting all of our young people to achieve the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance as follows:
- Children and young people engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week. This can include all forms of activity such as physical education, active travel, after-school activities, play and sports.
- Children and young people engage in a variety of types and intensities of physical activity across the week to develop movement skills, muscular fitness, and bone strength.
- Children and young people minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary, and when physically possible should break up long periods of not moving with at least light physical activity.
To achieve these outcomes this framework features seven key strategic ambition statements which describe strands of work to deliver a holistic PE and school sport offer that focuses on the needs of children and young people.
- Physical activity and health: To inspire and motivate all children and young people to maintain an active lifestyle, both within and beyond the school day, to improve their physical, social and mental wellbeing by developing their confidence, physical literacy and awareness of the benefits of sport and physical activity.
- Transformational PE: To deliver high quality Physical Education to support significant health and educational attainment benefits. The links to physical, mental and social well-being in children and young people, along with essential life skills and whole school improvements will be valued and promoted.
- Diverse and Inclusive: To ensure that provision is accessible to all children and young people regardless of their ability, background or status, by providing a wholly inclusive offer that recognises the diverse needs of under-represented groups.
- Swimming: To provide an infrastructure that will enable all children to leave primary school with the confidence, competence and skills to keep themselves safe while enjoying swimming with friends and family.
- Community collaboration: To ensure opportunities exist for children and young people of all abilities (and their families) to extend school or college-based activity into sustained community and/or home-based sport and physical activity. This could include the use of virtual resources and could enable individual, group or family-based activities.
- Extracurricular activities and competition: To deliver an appropriate and enjoyable programme of competitions and festivals for students of all abilities at a local and county level, providing more children and young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.
- Leadership, coaching and volunteering: To ensure there is a clear, inclusive and progressive pathway for young people to develop their leadership skills and access appropriate training and deployment opportunities as coaches, activators, officials and event volunteers.
For more information about the work of the PE and School Sports strategy please contact David Welch, Children and Young People Manager – Schools and Education: David.firstname.lastname@example.org