Our pathway gives increased opportunities for young people with disabilities to compete on a local, regional and national level. The aim is to provide more opportunities by:
- Enabling participation in regular competitive activity at each level of the School Games.
- Developing meaningful competitive opportunities as part of the school sport pathway
- Raising confidence levels
- Changing perceptions and enhancing understanding of disabled people to provide inclusive opportunities to compete alongside non-disabled athletes.
The Sport and competitions run in Highfurlong school include a range of team and individual sports and a variety of competition formats.
These include specific formats in disability sports such as table cricket, boccia and fencing.( All National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) provide competition format, which are inclusive in design and provide advice/guidance on how to adapt activities and integrate young disabled people in teams alongside non-disabled youngsters, as well as impairment-specific formats)
Here at Highfurlong we strive to create inclusive opportunities for our students to access a range of sports. This includes the opportunity to go to the Wheelpower National Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville. This is a four day residential Sport Camp where our students can access sports that they may not ordinarily have the opportunity to try. For more information follow this link to the Wheelpower National Junior Games
Highfurlong School offer an Multi Active training Programme (MATP) for our PMLD students. MATP is designed to prepare athletes with severe or profound disabilities for sport-specific activities that are appropriate for their impairment. Highfurlong actively train other practitioners in Lancashire as we have taken the lead through Projectability, as the Lead Inclusion School. Please go to your School Games MATP for more information.
The Headteacher has been invited to be a Headteacher Ambassador for the Youth Sports Trust. This is a national network that informs local and national policy makers in education, sport and health as well as contributing to their strategy and future direction.
Our Headteacher Ambassadors are part of a national network, supported by TES Global, that informs local and national policy makers in education, sport and health as well as contributing to our strategy and future direction.
We ask them to:
- Champion within their own schools the importance of PE, physical activity and sport to ensure that their school’s provision is of the highest quality
- Advocate with local Headteachers on behalf of the YST to increase the number of schools that appreciate the impact that high quality PE, regular physical activity and sport can have on young people and whole school outcomes
- Influence local and national policy makers by encouraging them to recognise the many benefits to society of attending to the physical, mental and emotional needs of children and young people
- Advise the Youth Sport Trust on the challenges facing schools and help us ensure that our work remains at the cutting edge.
To support this mission, we provide:
- Regular contact with a YST Development Manager (DM) – the first point of contact for local and regional advocacy work
- Regular emails containing national policy updates, opportunities to contribute to the education, sport and health debates and a ‘call to action’ – a specific task we would like them to carry out as part of a coordinated network of influential school leaders
- A toolkit to assist them to carry out their role as Headteacher Ambassadors – a selection of ‘Powerpoint’ slides that can be personalised for a variety of audiences and purposes
- A dedicated area of the website containing relevant information, for example, resources, case studies, event details and important contacts
- Termly virtual, regional and national networking and professional development events – various opportunities to hear from senior YST colleagues, key education, sport and health stakeholders and policy makers and meet up with other Headteacher Ambassadors.
We believe that being a part of the Headteacher Ambassador Network will be of value to you and your school. You can:
- Access national policy makers and stakeholders to give you the most accurate and up-to-date information about key issues within education, sport and health
- Get early access to any of our new programmes and interventions and the chance to get involved in new funding opportunities
- Access professional development opportunities for you and your staff through our links with corporate partners and our YST Business Members
- Contribute to, and benefit from, the mutual support of like-minded senior school leaders with a wealth of collective expertise and experience, through formal and informal networking opportunities.
If you are interested in joining the network, or know of a colleague who may be interested, please contact:
The PE and Sports Premium Grant
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. This funding has been extended and will continue for the financial year 2018/2019.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding include:
- hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
- new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
- paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
- providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
- running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
- buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
How will we be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit?
The Governors agree that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.