Sheffield Hallam to support first ever National PE Awards

3rd April 2017

Sheffield Hallam University has announced it will sponsor the first ever National Primary PE Awards at Westminster later this year.

The National PE Awards, which will take place at Westminster in September will be made up of primary schools from across the country who were triumphant at one of 12 regional ceremonies. The awards recognise schools which spend the Government's Primary PE and Sport Premium grant effectively through best practice and innovative ideas. Categories include pupil engagement, whole school improvement, up-skilling staff, broader sporting experience and increased participation in competitive sport. Sheffield Hallam's Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE), as a leading national centre for primary PE training, will support the awards following sponsorship of the regional Yorkshire PE Awards for the last two years. Sarah Williams, senior lecturer and primary PE specialist at SIoE, said: -We're proud to be supporting the Yorkshire PE awards for a second year and to be sponsors of the first National Primary PE Awards. "Over the past two years we have trained over 90 Primary PE specialists. We recognise the need for PE, sport and physical activity to be driven in schools by teachers with specialist knowledge and belief in the role PE can play in enhancing educational outcomes for children." The announcement was made at Crags Community School, Maltby, which was one of the winners of last year's Yorkshire PE Awards. PE students from SIoE were at the primary school to learn about the good practice which led to their award win. Crags Community School was recently identified as a Centre of Excellence by Yorkshire Sport (as one of only 12 schools across the region) and are now offering PE placements to students from SIoE. Tom Vickers, PE teacher at Crags Community School, said: -It's great to be recognised for the hard work your school puts in to developing PE and activity for children. "It's not usually the efforts of one person that makes a difference it's about a whole school embracing an ethos. The Yorkshire PE Awards encourages schools to share practice and celebrate the role of PE and sport in school." The organisers for the Yorkshire PE Awards and national awards in September are the three Yorkshire County Sport Partnerships - Yorkshire Sport Foundation, North Yorkshire Sport and Active Humber. Dan Wilson, Development Manager at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, said: "The Yorkshire Primary PE and Sport Premium Awards are a fantastic way to recognise the innovative work that is taking place in primary schools to improve PE, sport and the health of children. "The awards are currently the only event which sees all national partners (the Youth Sport Trust, the Association for PE, Sport England, sports coach UK and County Sport Partnerships) working together to improve outcomes by sharing good practise. By prioritising physical literacy, staff training and interventions to improve the health of their pupils, the award winners are setting the standard which schools across the county should follow."

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