Start to Move - New Physical Activity App for Primary schools
A new digital app designed to equip primary school teachers with better skills to improve children’s movement and help them to become active for life has been launched.
Designed by a project team formed of academics from Sheffield Hallam University and international experts, and funded/part-developed by national children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, the ‘Start to Move’ assessment app will equip teachers with the techniques and confidence to assess fundamental movement skills, like running, catching and balancing, in four to seven-year-olds.
The project team spoke to primary school teachers about how they would like the app to work, consulted international experts around what movement should be assessed and trialled earlier versions of the app in schools across the country.As a result, the project team built the app using interactive, iPad technology, to provide crucial, user-friendly, information relating to the child’s movement competence that can be accessed by teachers, pupils and their parents.The app was designed after the Youth Sport Trust developed and delivered the ‘Start to Move’ one-day, teacher-training course.
Since 2011, the course has been delivered to over 7,000 primary school teachers and 4,200 trainee teachers involved in primary school PE lessons, which has helped to encourage nearly half a million four to seven-year-olds to stay active throughout their life.The course gives teachers the competence and confidence to teach children the fundamental movement skills which are necessary for their active participation in sport and physical activity for life.
Professor David Morley, Head of the University’s Academy of Sport and Physical Activity and project lead alongside Tom Van Rossum, said: "Physical Education in schools provides the opportunity for children to become physically literate and, in doing so, creates the foundation for them to participate in lifelong physical activity and sport."Evidence suggests that, despite a statutory PE curriculum, the movement competences of four to seven-year-olds in the UK, is average or below average when compared to their peers in other countries. This ‘movement deficit’ has serious consequences for the health of our children, nationally."The ground-breaking, ‘Start to Move’ app goes some way in addressing this movement deficit amongst children by providing much-needed information for teachers to act upon and make a positive impact on a child's lifelong health and wellbeing from an early age."
The app will be showcased nationally and internationally at a series of launch events and plans are already in place to develop the next app for seven to 11-year-olds to ensure movement across their lifespan is supported effectively.Will Swaithes, Head of PE and achievement at the Youth Sport Trust, a charity which works to build a brighter future for young people through sport, said the development will be a welcome tool for teachers and coaches.He said: “We are really excited to see how teachers use the app as a reference library for competence against the 14 fundamental movement tasks and as a tool to support assessment and then subsequent intervention/teaching to improve these skills as a significant contributor and marker of physical literacy."We anticipate this will be a life changing tool for teachers and coaches in their day to day lives and ensure all children are supported in being the best they can be through sport and PE.
The app supports our suite of Start to Move training and resources and is the next step in nurturing physical literacy in the next generation.”To access the Start to Move Movement Assessment Tool App for iPad, go to the app store.
New Young Carer's Officer for B&NES
We are pleased to welcome Karla Neblett to the Young Carer's team at B&NES Carers Centre.
Karla is keen to make contact with the right people in our Secondary schools. Please contact her directly - her message is below:
My name is Karla Neblett. I have recently joined the Carers’ Centre as a Young Carers Officer. I am keen to work with secondary schools to engage more young carers in our services and activities.
Carers Trust define a young carer as “someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol” (https://carers.org/about-us/about-young-carers). We also include young people who are caring for someone with mental health issues.
If a pupil is identified as a young carer by the school, they can be referred to us through our website: https://www.banescarerscentre.org.uk/youngcarers/. We can work with young carers at the school to run awareness-raising assemblies to help pupils identify themselves.
After a referral has been made a member of the team will then carry out a Needs Assessment. This can take place at home, or at school.
We offer various services including one-to-ones, term-time afterschool groups, school holiday breaks (i.e. go-karting, sports events, horse-riding, music projects), residentials and counselling. Young Carers decide for themselves what they would like to take part in.
I would like to come and meet with your young carers’ lead at your academy or school. Please email on email@example.com or call me on 0800 0388 885 to discuss how to strengthen this area of partnership working.
Young Carers’ Officer
Freephone 0800 0388 885 | Office 01761 431388 | Mobile 07788146264
The Carers’ Centre is a charity supporting carers – that’s anyone, including children and young people, who looks after someone who is ill, disabled or frail. Charity No: 1050080.
The Carers’ Centre is the operating name of Bath & North East Somerset Carers’ Centre registered in England and Wales No: 3289938. Registered address: 1 Riverside Cottages, Radstock BA3 3PS.
STA Assessment Update: 12th December 2017
Reminder: deadline for academies to confirm LAs for monitoring KS2 tests and phonics screening check and external TA moderation
All academies and free schools need to choose a local authority (LA) for monitoring the 2018 key stage 2 tests and phonics screening check and external moderation of teacher assessment (TA). This information needs to be reported to STA via NCA tools by Friday 15 December.
You do not have to choose your closest geographical LA but you should have a written agreement in place with your chosen LA to confirm monitoring and moderation arrangements.
If your school became an academy after 1 September 2017, you will automatically be part of your closest geographical LA's arrangements.
Publication: primary school performance tables to be published on 14 December
The Department for Education will publish the primary school performance tables on Thursday 14 December. They will show the achievements of pupils in state-funded primary schools in England.
School results will be available at compare school performance.
The Secretary of State has been clear that performance data should only be a starting point for discussions about a school's overall performance.
Early Years Matters News Round Up 11th December 2017
Early Years Matters News Round Up 11th December 2017