NEW Jasmine video

Over 900 schools and almost 7,000 teachers are now using Jasmine – your real learning platform to support them to deliver an outstanding PE curriculum.

You can now find out what all the hype is about by viewing the new Jasmine video below.

Contact us to find out how your school, teachers and children can benefit using a beautiful holistic approach at info@createdevelopment.co.uk or on 020 8863 0304

real gym supported by Jasmine!

We’re very excited to announce that 5th November marks the official launch of real gym on Jasmine!

Further to the launch of real PE on Jasmine in September, real gym is now available for real gym trained teachers to simplify, streamline and elevate your real experience.

We’ve made it even easier to plan and teach gymnastic lessons and deliver an outstanding PE curriculum. With beautiful imagery and simplified lesson plans we can’t wait to share it with you.

real gym unit overview

How will Jasmine improve your experience of delivering gymnastics lessons?

  • Improved teacher, pupil and school experience with clearer remote support.
  • A teaching and learning aid which pupils can interact and learn with.
  • Icon led, simple designs make it more intuitive and easy to navigate.
  • Works on multiple devices (including iPads and tablets) with multiple logins to help bring lessons to life.
  • New, fun and creative imagery.
  • Streamlines USBs, a portal and other supporting resources into one place, removing the need to access 3 different mediums.
  • New electronic dice to support skills and games.
  • Continuous improvements and developments accessible in real time (at NO additional cost).
  • A market leading, unique solution to support a beautiful whole child philosophy that aligns with your school values.

real gym curriculum map

Next steps

Teachers trained in real gym 2017-18 
You can access Jasmine for FREE for the academic year 2018-19. Email jasmine@createdevelopment.co.uk to request access.

Teachers trained in real gym pre-August 2017
To purchase your Jasmine licence email jasmine@createdevelopment.co.uk to request access.

Jasmine annual licence costs after year 1 (for your chosen year group): £95 plus VAT

OR Whole School annual licence costs:

  • Average school: £195 plus VAT
  • Small school (100 pupils or less): £95 plus VAT
  • Large school (21 classes +): £295 plus VAT

Special offer for 2018 only: 6-week FREE demo is available.

 

Langley Academy Primary Outstanding Ofsted rating

Well done to Langley Academy Primary who have been graded by Ofsted as Outstanding with the PE and Sport Premium funding and PE noted as strong areas. Year 1 teacher, Rob Geer, explains how real PE and the PE and Sport Premium and Health Wheel have supported him and the school.

“I was given the job of Head of PE at the beginning of the academic year 17/18. I was told about the real PE training and scheme and I immediately signed up for it.

During the first session, we were introduced to the PE and Sport Premium and Health Wheel to try and show how we were using the PE and Sport funding and the opportunities we were giving the children. The Wheel enabled me to focus on the different areas I needed to focus on. It also meant I was able to see where the funding needed to be spent, and how it was best to spend the PE and Sport Premium money. I was able to use the Wheel to upload evidence and talk about the impact the PE and Sport Premium was having on the children in our school. We had our Ofsted inspection at the end of that academic year and I was able to go into the meeting about PE and Sport Premium with confidence and using the Wheel to back up the claims I was making, and to give me clear foci on what I needed to talk about.

We were graded Outstanding in all areas, with the PE and Sport Premium funding and PE noted as a strong area for us.”
Rob Geer, Year 1 Teacher
The Langley Academy Primary, Langley, Berkshire

Click here to find out how the PE and Sport Premium and Health Wheel can support your school and click here to find out more about the real PE approach and programme.

 

Introducing…Jasmine!

This week marked the launch of Jasmine – your real learning platform!

 

We are constantly looking at ways to improve the way in which we support teachers, pupils and schools and we always begin with feedback from teachers (the experts!). We’ve listened and reviewed our programmes and the outcome was to commence with simplifying the real PE Lesson Plans along with their supporting resources.  Feedback suggests that schools love the Create approach as it matches their values and vision, but what we now know is that the Lesson Plans weren’t as easy to follow as they could have been. The solution…

Jasmine simplifies, streamlines and elevates your real experience.

How Jasmine will do this:

  • Improved teacher, pupil and school experience with clearer remote support.
  • teaching and learning aid which pupils can interact and learn with.
  • Icon led, simple designs make it more intuitive and easy to navigate.
  • Videos integrated into Lesson Plans for easy access and reference.
  • Works on multiple devices (including iPads and tablets) with multiple logins to help bring lessons to life.
  • New, fun and creative imagery for Key Stage 2 activities.
  • Streamlines USBs, DVD videos, assessment, impact and other supporting resources into one place, removing the need to access 3 different mediums.
  • Continuous improvements and developments accessible in real time (at NO additional cost).
  • A market leading, unique solution to support a beautiful whole child philosophy that aligns with your school values.

What do schools think about Jasmine?

Exploration on a real PE Whole School Inset

New real PE schools
New real PE schools will receive access to real PE on Jasmine as part of the programme (in addition to training and resources).

real PE schools
Existing real PE schools can purchase a Jasmine annual licence for only £245 plus VAT.

Exceptions:

  • Small school (100 or less pupils): £145 plus VAT per year
  • Large school (21 classes +): £345 plus VAT
  • If you received real PE training in the 17/18 academic year you will receive FREE access to Jasmine for the 18/19 academic year (for the real PE programme). Request access for your school now!
  • Other real PE schools can access a 6-week demo for FREE.

Next steps
Email jasmine@createdevelopment.co.uk to have your real PE lesson planning and delivery supported by Jasmine.

To find out more about Jasmine click here.

Sholing creates a new ambition for EVERY child

Sholing Infant School in Southampton, a 3-form entry Infant School is the first nationally to embark on their real legacy journey to create a new ambition for every child. Not only are they on a mission to get children more active and change the way PE is perceived, they’re also taking it many steps further to ensure every child develops a healthy relationship with physical activity for life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are doing this by bringing the school, home and community together to enable cultural change. Their journey commenced with real PE training for their teachers to support their PE provision to develop the whole child and will now extend across the school to include supporting families and the wider school community.

Click here to view Sholing Infant School real PE impact report.

The school will be supported with teacher training, school based support, family engaging strategies, enrichment and competitive opportunities and supporting resources from Create and local Partner Solent University all through a holistic approach to develop children’s physical, personal, social and emotional skills.

The main outcome is that the personalised, two-year programme creates a real legacy for every child. The school are able to measure the sustainable and meaningful impact for every child, school and family. Only 100 schools nationally will be able to access the real legacy pilot.

PE Leader, Simon Arthur has driven the initiative at the school and said:
“Developing the child holistically is what we already do in school, so it was an obvious choice to be supported to be able to do this in PE too.  Not only do we develop the fundamental physical skills that are so often overlooked, our PE lessons are centered around the child to enable them to be successful in the classroom and in later life!  We’re really excited at the prospect of extending the same approach across the whole school and wider community to ensure all children and families benefit.”

Headteacher, Lisa Houghton said:
“At Sholing Infant School we are committed to building firm foundations to ensure the highest provision for all our children and Create values mirrored ours. We love their approach and philosophy and can already see the positive effects it has had on our children’s learning and the teaching at our school.”

Ronnie Heath, Managing Director at Create added:
“We are delighted to be working with schools that are desperate to change the whole perception of PE. Sholing are setting the standards to provide challenging, exciting and inclusive PE for all their children. From starting with real PE they recognised that it is all about to change in PE and real legacy is the natural progression to highlight the all-round impact of PE – not only on children’s attainment levels now, but on their future lives.”

Find out more about real legacy here.

New partnership with Darlington Mowden Park

Create Development is teaming up with Darlington Mowden Park Community Scheme to provide real PE training for teachers. The aim is to inspire positive changes in primary aged children’s relationship with and participation in physical activity. The Community Scheme is now into its 6th year and has already delivered programmes and initiatives to over 50,000 children and young people in 75+ schools, colleges and community groups across the North East.

 

real PE is a unique, holistic approach to teaching and learning. It provides fun and simple Schemes of Work and support for primary school teachers that give them the confidence and skills to deliver outstanding PE. Fully aligned to the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements, real PE focuses on the development of agility, balance, coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning.

Anne Rose, Community Manager at Mowden Park said: “We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Create Development to support schools to develop positive relationships between young people and physical activity. The partnership allows us to expand our education provision within the community to help build brighter futures.”

Ronnie Heath, Managing Director of Create Development said: “Darlington Mowden Park share our vision to create positive relationships with physical activity for life for all children and so build brighter futures for people in their communities. Teachers understand and know their pupils better than anyone and that extra layer of support helps build their confidence in teaching PE. By focusing on the child first we help them develop essential behaviours, physical literacy, thinking and emotional skills.”

The real PE programme in Darlington begins on 28th September 2018.

Click here to find out more and to book your place.

Stop focusing on ‘sport’

By Tim Dancer, Director, South

If we want to make a real difference to PE in our schools, we need to stop focusing on ‘sport’ and being distracted by fads! 

 

Now that has got your attention, let me explain. I am not saying sport is bad, more like it has been the master of PE for too long, dominating and driving the subject. I am also not saying that engaging, innovative ideas aren’t great…as long as they are grounded in quality teaching and learning!

Most primary school teachers’ memories of PE are dominated by sport and are not positive. In fact, the most common two words used to describe their personal experiences when we asked over 20,000 as part of real PE training – ‘humiliating’ and ‘embarrassing’. They certainly do not remember PE fondly! They then went on, as do current graduates, to receive very limited training at university – six hours is often quoted as the time spent on the subject.

They then arrive in school and are faced with a PE curriculum which is sport driven and lacks the child centred focus they are trained to deliver across other subjects. They are also bombarded with fads and gimmicks – ‘click here and let this screen teach your children’. It must seem attractive to those who are asked to teach a subject they did not enjoy or have little confidence in teaching. I wonder if such options are given over to the teaching of literacy and numeracy?

Put simply, a sport focus or the following of fads may enable us to make a child run today, but it is only by developing a positive relationship with physical activity for life through quality teaching and learning and a holistic approach that we will truly transform the habits of staff and children.

May I therefore suggest four simple steps to help transform PE?

Step 1: Look at the outcomes of PE and clearly focus on the skills and abilities children need to reach these. 

If we were to take the aims of the National Curriculum for PE, the Purpose of Study and the key indicators of the PE and Sport Premium we would see 3 broad consistent outcomes emerge:

  • To develop lifelong participation and through this have a positive impact on health and wellbeing
  • To help children reach their full potential in PE and School Sport (competitive best)
  • To develop and contribute to whole child / whole school improvement

Firstly, can I say that I am delighted that the importance of the development of Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS), allowing all children to unlock their physical potential, is now truly recognised and I welcome the shift to this within PE. However, what further skills and abilities do children need to learn to reach all these outcomes? What really is more important? Side foot pass in football or communication? Rules of cricket or analysing performance? A forward roll or resilience? Copying from a video or creativity? In fact, if we want children to develop their FMS they need, amongst other things, to be able to listen, follow instructions and try hard!

The answers are simple and obvious – develop the physical literacy, emotional AND thinking skills children need… In other words, put the learning first.

If we want children to develop communication skills in PE, we must make it a clear focus for learning, with teachers planning for it, sharing a clear outcome then praising and developing these skills as they would any other learning in any other lesson. The activity or game we use should be the servant to this learning.

The handy outcome of focusing on these skills and abilities instead of just the sport or game? Teachers valuing PE as a subject because of the learning opportunities it offers and the transfer of positive learning behaviours to the classroom. The good news is that the children improve physically too, so there is no compromise.

Step 2: Capture hearts and minds with quality training. 

We are asking a lot of teachers to achieve the first step without quality CPD. This should be engaging, empathetic and enable them to feel like the experts they are!

This should be coupled with an approach to PE based on quality teaching and learning, something teachers know well. Let us empower them to use this knowledge so that PE too provides:

  • A high ambition for EVERY child
  • Clear learning outcomes based on the skills and abilities we want to improve
  • Progressive challenges to include and stretch EVERY child
  • Praise for positive learning behaviours
  • Review and celebration of progress
  • Collaborative opportunities for children to share and deepen their learning
  • A shift of control to empower the learner through choice

If we can align the delivery of PE to the skills in teaching they have, rather than the knowledge of sports they often don’t have, we can transform the culture of PE. Off the shelf solutions or fads just will not work in achieving this change, often instead, having the opposite effect. Click here to find out more.

Step 3: Provide proper long term support.

This needs to be in the shape of both quality resources and teaching aids that align Steps 1 and 2 alongside deeper in-school support.

Resources should be easy to use, thematic, progressive, engaging and Key Stage appropriate. The curriculum map, Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans teachers use should be learning focused (Step 1) and based on quality teaching and learning (Step 2). From the school wide assessment framework through to the activities used, they should support teachers to align their beliefs to their words and actions, allowing them to focus on bringing the learning to life for their children.

It must also be recognised that some teachers need more help than others. This means longitudinal in-school support is needed to help embed the approaches, see lessons in action and build the confidence of staff. The ultimate goal is to build the capability and capacity of teachers to make sustainable improvements and whole school impact.

Step 4: Measure impact! 

Sounds silly doesn’t it, to even have to say this, but we often miss it? This is not because we forget but because it is very hard to do when Steps 1, 2 and 3 are missed!

How can we demonstrate an impact on teacher confidence without changing hearts and minds with quality CPD?

How can we demonstrate improvements in pupil engagement without a learning focused and engaging curriculum delivered expertly?

How can we demonstrate pupil progress without having a clear assessment framework and supporting learning journeys aligned to the resources the teachers are using?

How can we demonstrate broader whole school impact if we all we do is focus on sport, instead of the skills and abilities children need across PE, Sport and the wider curriculum?

Impact should be simple to measure if we align our beliefs to actions.

We should be proud and excited of what PE can achieve for children and schools.

My plea: 

  • Stop being ‘sport’ driven or distracted by fads.
  • Keep focusing on quality teaching and learning.
  • Start believing in the real difference PE can make.

Click here to find out how your school can make the very best PE and Sport Premium investment and show the impact it has made.

 

Coach Core masterclass

Coach Core masterclass

 

To celebrate National Apprentice Week and International Women’s Day, we were excited to deliver a Coach Core masterclass to 14 apprentices in Birmingham. There was a very special visit from HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle who spent quality time observing the class and talking with the apprentices about their training, experience and qualification.

Director of Innovation, John Parsons and Tutor, Jason Elwell quickly got the group moving with Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors and Team Juggle followed by a session focusing on the importance of putting the child before the sport.

 


What is Coach Core?

Coach Core is a programme run by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and was established in 2012. It is an apprenticeship programme improving the availability and quality of sports coaching, whilst creating much-needed employment for young people. Coach Core increases confidence and enables the young people to have more belief in their ability to achieve in the future.

Working in partnership

As Coach Core’s education partner, Create have worked with Coach Core since the start of their journey in 2012. We provide practical and engaging modules, resources and delivery to ensure that coaching is progressive, fun and centred on the learner.

It’s an honour to work with Coach Core and partners including Sport Birmingham and The Aston Villa Foundation and most importantly to be able to support the development of a great group of apprentices.

 

Olympic Rower inspires families to be active at home to help tackle childhood obesity

Olympic and World Champion Rower, Mark Hunter MBE, has committed to raising awareness of the importance of family play by becoming a real play Ambassador.

After finding out about real play – a programme designed by education specialists Create Development to support families to play and learn together – Mark became a proactive advocate for the scheme.

With almost a third of UK children overweight or obese, the Government introduced their “Plan for Action” for eliminating childhood obesity. It’s suggested that children should take part in 60 minutes of physical activity a day with 30 minutes at school and 30 minutes at home. real play gives families the tools and advice to be active in the evenings and at weekends in a fun way, helping them develop a positive relationship with physical activity.

Mark explained: “Parents really do struggle to find fun ways to keep their children active and engaged, so I wanted to be part of the solution for them. We’re essentially ensuring these 60 minutes of activity out of school are achieved. Schools have tips and resources to keep kids active in a club and they’ll teach the parents how to do the same at home.”

Having experienced it first-hand, Mark believes educating and supporting the family unit plays a major role in not only developing children’s personal, social and emotional skills but also changing families’ attitudes towards physical activity.

He said: “This is such a great opportunity to make a difference and be part of a movement to change the lives of more and more families and change how they see physical activity. real play is such a unique way to engage and support families who just need a little help – the potential outcomes are huge.”

Mark will continue to endorse real play across the country by encouraging schools to get involved and support families through the power of play.

 

Organisations can sponsor a real play club in their community – contact info@createdevelopment.co.uk for more information or schools and parents can find out more by clicking here

NEW real play ambassador announced!

We’re pleased to introduce Olympic and World Rowing Champion, Mark Hunter MBE, as the NEW real play ambassador!

 

Accolades:

 

 

2014: Elected a Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta

2012: Silver medal in London Olympics

2011: Named ‘Olympic Athlete of the Year’ for the sport of rowing

2011: Gold medal at World Championships

2010: Gold medal at World Championships

2009: Awarded an MBE

2009: Awarded Freedom of the City of London

2008: Gold medal in Beijing Olympics – GB’s first ever lightweight medal

 

 

Mark’s rowing career started at the age of 14 at the Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club having been introduced to the sport by his father. After changing class to race as a lightweight in 2001, he was selected to compete at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Hopes were dashed when his crew came last in their event but, determined that his dream could become a reality, Mark began his training regime.  He was appointed captain of the prestigious Leander Club, reaffirming his role in the rowing world.

Following his 2008 triumph in Beijing, Mark took a year away from competitive rowing and spent time coaching at UCLA. The lure of the sport he loved brought him back from the United States to train for the London Olympics. After picking up Gold along with his partner Zac Purchase in two successive World Championships they were just pipped at the line for the gold at Eton Dorney.

Following his retirement from rowing, Mark took on the role of Programme Director at London Youth Rowing, a charity that introduces young people to the sport and which can help change their perception and belief in what is possible for them.  He currently sits as interim CEO at London Youth Rowing and is in charge of overseeing the coaching programme, increasing exposure of the charity to potential donors and introducing the Breaking Barrier programme. This brings together young people in the charity and various companies to enable them to learn from each other.

Mark is a lifelong fan of West Ham (through the good times and the bad!) and American football’s San Francisco 49ers. He always makes the effort to watch live sport whenever he can.   As an Ambassador, Mark will take a very active role in driving real play forward: as a member of the steering group; increasing its exposure to schools and communities; promoting real play to reach a wider audience; finding ways to engage the media, new Partners and the wider community.  Mark is as excited as we are that he will be the real play Ambassador and believes:

“This is such a great opportunity to make a difference and be part of a movement to change the lives of more and more families and change how they see physical activity. real play is such a unique way to engage and support families who just need a little help – the potential outcomes are huge.”

Mark’s journey as real play ambassador starts on Monday 22nd January at the real play course in Bucks.

Find out more by clicking here.

 

12 days of Christmas countdown

This Christmas, we’re dishing out bite-size, top tips to remind us of the importance of play and realise just how many skills can be developed along the way.

Click on the title to view more information and top tips.

On the first day of Christmas
Let’s revisit the ‘True ambition for families’ blog post by Ronnie Heath, Managing Director to remind us of the importance of play.

 

 

 

On the second day of Christmas…
…we learned to work with others.

 

 

 

On the third day of Christmas…
…we learned about engagement.

 

 

 

On the fourth day of Christmas…
…we learned to be independent.

 

 

 

On the fifth day of Christmas…
…we learned to celebrate ourselves.

 

 

 

On the sixth day of Christmas
…we learned to share.

 

 

 

On the seventh day of Christmas
…we learned to try again.

 

 

 

On the eighth day of Christmas…
…we learned to be creative.

 

 

 

On the ninth day of Christmas…
…we learned to how to solve problems.

 

 

 

On the tenth day of Christmas…
…we learned to adapt to change.

 

 

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas…
…we learned how to lead the way.

 

 

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas…
…we learned to apply everything we’ve learned.

Family Focus month – 10% discount

Have you heard? Family Focus month is starting early!

 

As of Friday 24th November 2017 we are offering 10% discount on real play resources for Family Focus month. Offer ends: 31st December 2017

real play - a captivating programme to support families through the power of play

real play home packs

Schools/organisations running real play clubs can purchase home packs for their next real play club at a reduced cost.

Click here to visit the Create shop to order your new set of real play home packs.  N.B. The password can be found on the real play Deliverer portal.

real play whole class resources

Schools that have already seen the massive benefits of real play and real PE and are looking to enhance their provision can now purchase real play resources for the whole class.

The resources support families to play, learn and be active together. They come with presentations, parent guides and videos to make it really easy to roll out.

Click here to find out more.

Next steps:

  • real PE schools can visit the real PE Teacher portal here
  • real play schools can visit the real play Deliverer portal here

Offer ends: 31st December 2017

What makes real play unique?

real play is a captivating programme which supports families through the power of play.

Measured outcomes include improvements in:

  • children’s Personal, Social and Emotional skills
  • parents’/carers’ engagement and confidence
  • family activity levels
  • children’s physical development

Find out what’s unique about real play by clicking here.

Listen to those who didn’t get home

By Ronnie Heath, Managing Director

I read recently about the statisticians who had the unenviable task of trying to increase the percentage of Second World War bomber pilots getting home safely. They carefully studied the patterns of the bullet holes and damage to the planes to try and devise the best way to reinforce these areas to give them extra protection. Too much armour would slow the planes down but placing it in the right spots could greatly increase their chances of getting home, they believed. However, all of their experiments failed until a smart new recruit asked the question, “Shouldn’t we be studying the ones who didn’t get home?” They immediately increased success by putting armour over the engines, the very place where there was no damage to the planes that did get home! It got me thinking: Is this not exactly the same mistake we make with PE and Sport?

Major national organisations that have over decades received really large amounts of cash, running into billions, have made no significant impact on PE and Sport for those that need it most. Their leaders are passionate, well-meaning orators from our minority elite club ‘who did get home’, and are therefore under qualified and without the necessary empathy to make a change which would impact on those left behind. We create our own super echo chamber that both excludes the voices of the very people we claim to care about alongside, perversely, finding ways to blame others – primary school teachers, headteachers, coaches and even the children themselves – for our failures. We at Create accept the responsibility of having to change the way we train and support teachers, coaches and parents, many of whom are desperate to do better. Most of all though, we know that we have to listen to those ‘who didn’t get home’.

Why are so many still teaching PE and coaching Sport as if the world was flat? We repeat and model the same two dimensional approach that will never work for a world that is round. An holistic approach that is about them and their needs will support the development of well-rounded children.

Well-rounded children need a well-rounded approach

Professor Tanya Byron, Child Psychologist, reminds us that children today are more tolerant, more compassionate, more thoughtful and more open minded. Yet they are much less active, more anxious, more likely to struggle with mental health, more likely to self-harm and more likely to have eating disorders. “Our children are the first generation growing up in captivity,” she observes, when describing how the radius of play has decreased to the extent that many children rarely play away from their own homes. I suggest many are simply not equipped to cope with the stresses and challenges we face in the wild.

The lie we tell is that PE and Sport are best placed to deal with these problems. The real truth is that when done very well this is true but, when done badly, negative experiences can be truly traumatic. PE and Sport have the potential to exasperate, be part of the problem, or become great tools and environments which address these issues. Done poorly, PE and Sport create feelings of inadequacy, develop enduring negative attitudes and abilities, engender helplessness or cause ostracism. Done well, they promote self-esteem, resilience, critical thinking, connectivity and a sense of belonging. We have an extraordinary opportunity as educators to provide some of the very best solutions for mental health challenges. We can be the best and most important subject in schools if we embrace those core elements.

“Our memories of events both good and bad are entwined with our emotions and lie at the very heart of our identities and personalities, they make us who we are.”
The Human body: Secrets of your lives

But we still reach out for quick two dimensional fixes. Our approaches to PE and Sport are devised and led by those who emerged unscathed through the clouds. And so we carry on regardless of what we know is no longer true but is still supported and largely financed by caring, well-meaning people.

Therefore, for example, we champion daily running! Forgetting that our role is to educate our primary school children and create a positive relationship with physical activity for life, we send them on a run. Astonishingly, even with all the evidence we have against it, we still choose to make primary school children do what is effectively a 12 minute fitness test every day rather than encourage and equip them with the right attitudes, knowledge and skills to choose to be active later in life.

Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary at the time, told us “The 2012 Olympics will reinvigorate our sporting habits”. The Government gave £1 Billion to spend on grassroots sports which we spent on the wrong people…to make NO significant difference whatsoever.

We have to challenge this practice. As former President Barack Obama reminded us recently “If you are neutral in situations of injustice you are supporting the oppressor”.  What we permit we promote.

Some enlightened colleagues argue that the key is to emphasise the word ‘education’ in PE. I do agree with the principle but let’s be careful also to ensure those who coach Sport to children understand that they have a huge responsibility to educate too.

We are allowed therefore to pretend, often unchallenged, that the world is flat, assuming that our priority and our core outcomes are to teach sport specific skills to children. We still do stuff that we know is no longer true. Year after year, stuff that has never worked still goes on, prioritising winning next Saturday or the next tournament over developing every child to be better problem solvers, communicators, leaders and people.

As teacher trainers or coach educators we have a responsibility to translate, keep things simple, support teachers and coaches to understand ‘why’, establish priorities and, above all, create practical solutions that align our beliefs and values with what we say and what we do. Less is nearly always more when we search for the very simple things that make the biggest difference. Rather than complicate things, we need to help teachers and coaches make sense of their role and explore ways to better engage all children, personalise their experience and find simple practical ways to implement that philosophy.

Fundamental emotional skills, thinking skills and movement skills are essential

Our secondary schools’ PE departments have got better at explaining what they can achieve through PE but have seen their status and opportunity dwindle as many fail to reflect their claims in their practice. Doing things because they have always done them and in a way they have always done them won’t achieve their claims. As Sir John Jones, Education Leader suggests, “When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done”.

With primary schools, this is simply not a big jump. They really understand learning and whole child development better than anyone. Some inevitably get pulled off course a little by the pressure of Literacy and Maths results but the very best never lose sight of the very skills and behaviours that shape our children’s future.

There is no excuse anymore. The overwhelming evidence and guidance from all education research leads us to understand that the child’s important needs have to come first.

Our aim is to provide each and EVERY child with the Physical, Emotional and Thinking skills to flourish. Our role is to provide the rich conditions and learning nutrition for that to happen. What we do is far less important to the ‘why’ and ‘how’. Let’s demonstrate and model that ambition and pause a little longer to listen to their personal needs and celebrate together with each additional child who gets home.

 

 

Leeds Rhinos Foundation partnership

Another exciting week for us here at Create and we can now announce the launch of our partnership with Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

We have been working with their coaches to support them to develop the whole child. Leeds Rhinos Foundation coaches are now licensed to provide quality school based support for the real PE programme across over 120 real PE schools in Leeds.

View the video below for full details.

To find out more about Leeds Rhinos Foundation including how they can support your school click here.

Coach Core celebrations at the Olympic Stadium

Yesterday we were honoured to be part of the Coach Core graduation event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.  150 apprentices from 7 UK cities joined The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Create Development, VIPs and other partners to celebrate their graduation.

 

Coach Core apprentices graduation ceremony

Coach Core is a programme run by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and was established in 2012. It is an apprenticeship programme improving the availability and quality of sports coaching, whilst creating much needed employment for young people. Coach Core increases confidence and enables the young people to have more belief in their ability to achieve in the future.

Karren Brady, Prince William, Prince Harry, Duchess of Cambridge - Coach Core graduation celebrations

As Coach Core’s education partner, Create have worked with Coach Core since the start of their journey in 2012. We provide practical and engaging modules, resources and delivery to ensure that coaching is progressive, fun and centred on the learner.

The apprentice graduation ceremony commenced with a feature on BBC Breakfast television with Gary Laybourne, Project Manager for Coach Core and Mark Hunter, MBE, an Olympic gold and silver medallist who is a Coach Core Ambassador.

The day included a really interesting question and answer session with a panel of VIPs: Will Greenwood, Judy Murray, Max Whitlock, MBE, Scott Hann, MBE and Mark Hunter, MBE who reinforced the 5 core principles we focus on in the Coach Core modules in order to develop the ‘future coach’. Will Greenwood highlighted the importance of understanding the individual “…not square pegs in round holes.” Judy Murray echoed one of our modules ‘The power of language’ : “It’s about how you change your language, and interact with your athletes.”

Will Greenwood, Max Whitlock, Mark Hunter, Judy Murray - Coach Core question and answer session

In the afternoon, Create’s Director of Innovation, John Parsons, ran a practical session with Coach Core apprentices and with assistance from VIPs Slaven Bilic, West Ham United Football Club Manager and West Ham United Footballers, Mark Noble and Javier Hernandez.

John Parsons, Prince Harry, Slaven Bilic and Javier Hernandez - Coach Core

At the same time Create’s real gym Lead and Head Coach for the Team GB Rhythmic Gymnastics group at the 2012 London Olympics, Sarah Moon, ran a gymnastics session. Sarah’s VIPs included gymnast Max Whitlock who is double Olympic Champion, double World Champion, Commonwealth and European Champion and also Scott Hann, gymnastics Coach to Max, Reiss Beckford, Jay Thompson, Brinn Beven.

Max Whitlock, Sarah Moon and Scott Hann

Prince Harry and Coach Core apprentices

We really enjoyed running the practical sessions to show the importance of a child-centred approach. The focus on development of skills (personal, social, emotional etc) allows children to succeed in PE, sport and life and to build a positive relationship with physical activity. This focus is an essential element for a coach to be able to fully support and develop children and young people.

View the speech that Prince Harry’s gave at the graduation by clicking here.

Prince Harry's Coach Core speech

We’d like to say a HUGE congratulations to all the apprentices that graduated yesterday. We also wanted to thank all at Coach Core for organising such a great event. We are proud to be part of supporting young people to become exceptional coaches that are able to support children in their communities. We enjoyed celebrating with you all.

Coach Core’s next set of apprenticeships
Coach Core is currently recruiting their next set of apprentices, with new programmes starting in Bristol, Devon and Middlesbrough. If you’re between 16 – 24 years old and are interested in an amazing, 12-month paid apprenticeship, click here to find our more. Act now as the apprenticeship starts Nov/Dec this year!

The Coach Core programme offers a range of qualifications, along with its unique combination of learning through employment and the classroom, supported by high-quality mentoring. The focus is on ensuring trainees progress rapidly and have the skills to operate in a professional capacity in whichever career path they choose.

Click here to find out more about Coach Core.

 

Evidence the impact of the PE and Sport Premium

Did you know you can evidence the impact of the PE and sport premium through the PE, Sport and Health Wheel?

There are over 1,000 schools already using the PE, Sport and Health Wheel which supports schools to evidence the impact of the PE and Sport Premium and other programmes. We also work with County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) to help them support their schools to create a shared vision for PE, Sport and Health across the school. The CSPs we are currently working with are: Active Devon, Active Surrey, Active Sussex, Kent Sport, Active Essex, Active Norfolk, London Sport, Energise Me and Wiltshire and Swindon Sport.

The PE, Sport and Health Wheel is an innovative online tool which uses a simple framework to:

  • Create and communicate a shared vision for PE, Sport and Health across the school.
  • Establish where you are, where you want to be and how to get there.
  • Identify appropriate solutions to meet your vision.
  • Evidence and celebrate the impact of the PE and Sport Premium and other programmes.
  • Be part of a community of learning with shared best practice across schools.

The PE, Sport and Health Wheel shows the impact of the PE and sport premium

It’s powerful, simple and flexible.

Click here to find out more.

“The PE, Sport and Health Wheel was so simple to use, made logical sense and was easy to navigate and explore easily. It will help us organise our provision and ensure we cover all the aspects that are so crucial to the subject – not just games. Health, wellbeing and skills are all paramount and clearly represented through the Wheel.”
Sam Bacon, Assistant Headteacher,
St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, Horsham

Primary PE and Sport Premium funding to double

Yesterday, the Department for Education reconfirmed that the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding will double from September 2017.

Concerns over budget cuts to schools were last night addressed by the Government as it announced its new funding plan for schools. The overall £1.3 billion allocated includes a significant increase in the Primary PE and Sport Premium.

The PE and Sport Premium was introduced in 2013 with the aim of encouraging healthy, active lifestyles through the provision of PE. Each primary school in the UK is allocated an amount based on the number of pupils in their school.

In an era where over a third of pupils are overweight by the time they leave primary school, this allocation of funding for Physical Education shows the Government’s increasing commitment to keeping children active and engraining positive experiences of physical activity from an early age.

The DfE is hoping to provide the foundation for schools to ‘Give every child the best possible education and the best opportunities for the future.’

We are delighted to hear the news and are determined to continue to support schools and Partners to redefine PE and physical activity with sustainable change and proven impact.

Click here to find out more about real PE, the unique, child-centred approach that transforms how we teach PE to engage and challenge EVERY child. Let’s ensure EVERY child has a positive relationship with physical activity.

Click here to view the new funding plan.

 

New investment opportunities

Sport England, through their Families Fund investment, have announced funding opportunities of £40m over the next 3 years (£10 million for the first round opening in July 2017) and is awarding projects between £50,000 and £500,000.

Create Development is looking to work in partnership with organisations and providers with experience and a track record of working with families to provide real play as a solution. Create Development has worked with over 1,500 families, 4,000 schools and has trained over 18,000 practitioners having a positive impact on over 1 million children.

Click here to find out more about real play and why this flexible approach can meet the outcomes of the Government’s strategy.

Next steps
real play is ready to roll out immediately. To work in partnership with us get in touch with Danielle Haynes at dh@createdevelopment.co.uk or on 020 8863 0304 to register your interest.

Create Learning School in South West opens its doors

Monkton Park Primary School in Chippenham, Wiltshire celebrated being the first Create Learning School in the South West after a successful launch on Thursday 8th June.

The launch saw a collection of School Governors, Headteachers, teachers and local PE and sports organisations come together to watch real PE, real gym and real play lessons in action. Young Leaders led the groups around the school talking proudly about their achievements and progress and explaining why their PE lessons are different.

Deputy Headteacher, Jan Douglas, spoke in depth about Monkton Park’s experience and explained exactly how the multi-abilities have been embedded throughout the school and have helped transform the attitudes, progress and learning of pupils, teachers and parents within their school community.

Headteacher, John Barlow commented: “The development of children’s learning behaviours is just brilliant.”

What is a Create Learning School?

  • An innovative school with outstanding practice that can share ideas with other schools
  • A place where you can see a real school, with real teachers and real children in action
  • A hub for learning and networking

The impact that Create’s approaches have had at the school is outstanding with 97% of Monkton Park pupils saying they feel successful in PE because of the new methods, a jump of 20%.  They are excited to open their doors to local schools and organisations which will enable member schools to access support, impacting on the health and wellbeing of thousands of children at a time when childhood obesity is a growing concern.

Click here to view the full impact report.

Next Network Meeting/Teach Meet
If you’re based in the Wiltshire/South West and would like to be part of this new innovative network you can attend the next Network Meeting on:

Date: Thursday 28th September 2017 (4.00-5.30pm)
Venue: Monkton Park Primary School, Chippenham

To book your place: Contact Jan Douglas to confirm your attendance for this FREE event at jan@monktonpark.wilts.sch.uk

SPECIAL OFFERS – Local programmes announced
Schools in the Wiltshire area and South West region can also benefit from the Create Learning School launch special offers when you book your place by 30th June 2017.

real PE introduction
Audience: new staff or staff changing key stage at a real PE school
Date:
Wednesday 4th October 2017 (1.30pm – 5pm)
Venue:
Monkton Park Primary School, Chippenham

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Audience:
Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 practitioners
Date: Thursday 12th October 2017
Venue: Cherhill CofE Primary School, Cherhill

Click here to view prices and more details.

To find out more about the Create experience and these programmes contact Selina Porter at sporter@sheldonschool.co.uk or Rik Grover at rik@wiltssport.org

 

First South West Create Learning School announced

Monkton Park Primary School in Wiltshire is to be the first Create Learning School in the South West to spearhead PE initiative.

They will become a hub for training and networking for regional schools. The Create Learning School will enable member schools to access support, impacting on the health and wellbeing of thousands of children at a time when childhood obesity is a growing concern.

Create Development’s unique, child-centred approach transforms the teaching of PE to engage and challenge every child, giving them a positive experience of physical activity.

As a result of the programme 97% of pupils at Monkton Park Primary now say they feel successful in PE because of the new methods, a jump of 20%. And every year group has seen a leap in the levels of children’s personal and social skills.

Teachers also report increased levels of pupils’ concentration thanks to the revolutionary PE programme. The teachers too are benefiting, with 93% saying they now feel empowered to deliver high quality PE lessons – a rise of almost 50%.

Monkton Park Deputy Headteacher, Jan Douglas, said: “Children are enthusiastic and engaged and the impact as they progress through the school is clearly evident. This can be seen not only in their physical skills but also in the language they use and their ability to self-reflect, support others and set their own challenges. The South West already enjoys strong working partnerships and we are delighted to be able to contribute to this by providing training and events as a Create Learning School.”

Ronnie Heath, Managing Director of Create Development, added: “We support teachers, who understand and know their pupils better than anyone, to deliver outstanding PE lessons. Too often, demands of the curriculum mean that PE is sidelined. Monkton Park Primary is a beacon school, highlighting the all-round impact of PE – not only on children’s attainment levels now, but on their future lives.”

The launch of Monkton Park as a Create Learning School on Thursday 8th June 2017 (9.00-11.30am) will be attended by local schools and sports organisations with support from Create Development and Chippenham Partnership of Schools.

Click here to book your place at the launch and be part of a new pioneering network.

real PE in China

Last year Create Development was delighted to announce its new partnership with Excellence First Education Consultancy (EFEC), a highly respected educational consultancy specialising in creating sustainable educational partnerships between China and the UK.

 

The partnership is based on our shared vision of providing what’s best for schools and children in terms of teaching and learning. We both understand that we are stronger together with a great balance of knowledge and skills. Create’s partnership with EFEC allows us to work together to support schools in China with sustainable methods of teaching.

Click here to find out why and how real PE is being successful in China.

 

 

 

NEW! real Coaching

We’re delighted to announce that our first real Coaching training events went down a storm.

real Coaching supports coaches to gain a deeper understanding of the developing child and to align coaching habits in order to develop a truly child centered approach. The programme consists of four foundation modules that support all coaches and volunteers working with 4-11 year olds to create and develop essential learning behaviours.

In August, we held our first two Tutor training events in London and the Midlands. Representatives from County Sport Partnerships (CSPs), local authorities and education institutions were in attendance to begin their real Coaching journeys.

In addition, coaches from Oxfordshire undertook their first two modules of real Coaching on their journey to create positive relationships with physical activity for life. Brought to life by John Parsons and Tim Dancer, the programme introduced the coaches to the unique approaches of real Coaching and explored the amazing supporting resources available for the development of Fundamental Movement Skills and the whole child. Funded by Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity (the CSP), these coaches will be working with 4-11 year olds across the county.

Watch this space for more news!

Click here to find out more about real Coaching.

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Focus on Devon

Family FUNS is making a real impact across the country and in Devon we’ve been working with our brilliant partners Active Devon, who have secured funding from Sport England to support 18 schools in accessing Family FUNS over the next two years.

Our pilot primary schools – Exminster, Countess Wear, Bowhill and Pinhoe CoE in Exeter and Drake in Plymouth – have worked with their first groups of families and many are already planning their next Family FUNS.

At Exminster Primary School, Family FUNS was led by the reception class teacher along with the School SEAL Coordinator and Parent Governor. As the school prepares its impact report here are some comments from the key people involved:

“Over the course of the programme, the level of engagement for most families has dramatically increased. It has been a pleasure watching parents grow in confidence around other families and communicating in a positive way with their children during play.”
Tilley Martin, Lead Teacher, Exminster Community Primary School

“There has been a wonderful buzz in our school hall during every Family FUNS session. The children and their families are always engaged in their activities and it is lovely to see families building new relationships with the other families at the club.”
Sarah Whalley, Headteacher, Exminster Community Primary School

“It’s been great having special time allocated to play with my children. They have really enjoyed it and the resources have been good to use at home too.”
Parent, Exminster Community Primary School

Want to read more? Click here to see Exminster Community Primary School’s Family FUNS blog.

Next up: Phase two. We’re going into a full launch in Exeter, Plymouth, South Dartmoor and Torbay to enable even more schools to access Family FUNS. Watch this space!

To find out how you and your school can benefit from Family FUNS click here for details of the exciting opportunities available until 31st December 2016.

 

 

 

real PE update and another dimension

September has always been one of the most exciting times of the year for real PE and this year has been no exception. We delivered real PE Whole School Insets to 87 schools across the country during the month (70 of these in the first four days of term) across 31 counties working with over 1500 delegates.  October and November was just as exciting with 41 real PE Create Learning Communities taking place.  A huge thanks to everyone who attended and inspired us. We have loved hearing your feedback.

Another dimension
We’re also receiving fantastic feedback for the Create Review Dice, which teachers are utilising both in and out of the classroom. These dice are based on the six Multi-ability cogs, with two additional dice to support deeper learning. They encourage dynamic and creatidiceve work within PE, while supporting pupils to self and peer review their learning.

They are proving to be very popular and not only in PE lessons, as they can also be transferred to support other areas of the curriculum, providing an invaluable resource to get cogs turning and minds rolling!

Schools have been sharing how they are using them in many other areas including

  • Use alongside real PE review methods such as Time Shares and Reverse Time Shares to encourage all children to engage in review of learning.
  • Pupil led, collaborative review of learning and progress in all curriculum areas.
  • Pupil led review of learning behaviours and problem solving processes.
  • To deepen children’s repertoire for asking critical questions that help both themselves and others articulate reflections around their own learning and progress.
  • Personal, Social and Health Education lessons.
  • Left in the hall for pupils to use and explore.
  • Generating discussion amongst KS1 staff

Click here to get your hands on a set!

 

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real gym, real benefits

We may wonder why we put so much emphasis on developing gymnastics skills beyond what is required for a PE lesson or further for the few with competitive potential. Just what are the benefits of encouraging children to progress with gym? Well, there’s a lot that we might not think about when it comes to the effects of gym and improvement in gymnastic ability. Regular participation can go far beyond the balance beam!

The more obvious, wider effects of gymnastics that might come to mind first are the physical benefits although even these might go beyond what we would normally expect. Gymnastics is known to improve flexibility and coordination, yet it’s not only the case that this is great because they transfer into other sports; they are also crucial in daily life. Improving these areas allows children to be better at avoiding hazardous situations as their spatial awareness and ability to react are enhanced and can prevent harm where injurious movement cycles can be better avoided. Another more surprising benefit is the impact that gymnastics can have on joint and bone health; weight bearing activities, such as gymnastics, provide long term benefits for these. And, of course, along with gymnastics come all of the benefits of physical activity: improved cardiovascular fitness, muscular development and the encouragement of a healthier lifestyle. The fun and engagement children get from gymnastics is further enhanced since they look forward to their PE lessons and thus motivated to get more active.

However, the benefits of gymnastics stretch beyond the physical. There are some things we might think would be improved in passing, but we cannot underestimate their importance. Working in partners for counter balancing and other team activities is crucial for developing teamwork and problem solving skills and getting the social and cognitive cogs turning. Gymnastics is also fantastic for building resilience. Imagine how much effort, concentration and patience it takes to master a difficult skill starting from the roots, the core fundamental skills, to branching out into the exciting movement patterns that children initially want to master straightaway. And when they do, think of the effect this has on a child’s confidence; they know that they can achieve, even if they find it difficult at first, and this knowledge and self-esteem boost comes back into the classroom. Gymnastics can also enliven children’s imaginations. Consider how creative they have to be to come up with different ways to walk a balance beam, balance on one leg, or to change shape when playing games like Dice Frenzy.

These are just a FEW of the benefits of gymnastics and they get even more exciting than this! Think gymnastics to explain physics and some studies even suggest a direct correlation between regular gymnastics and improvement in literacy and numeracy. What this all shows, is how brilliant gymnastics can be in developing the whole child and, therefore, how important it is that we get it right and make sure ALL children are engaged, motivated and having fun. If we want real benefits, then we need real gym.

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True ambition for families. Thanks Mum

Ronnie profileBy Ronnie Heath, Managing Director.

We have to be ambitious for families; they’re far too important to be left to chance.

I was brought up by a single, young teenage mother on a challenging council estate in a very tough city. It isn’t difficult to paint a picture of an extremely disadvantaged learning environment and visualise the likely life flight path for me. It’s all true apart from the fact I wasn’t disadvantaged, I was privileged. At Create we believe we can support families to provide the same privileges for their children. This December is ‘Family Focus Month‘ at Create, as we raise awareness of our family programmes. Sorry, it won’t be the last as we care too much.

When my mum finished work and picked me up from the council nursery in Bell Green and later from St Patrick’s Primary School in Coventry, she then played with me. We ran for the bus together, we played outside and indoors. Active fun and play were not special treats they were what we did. When it got dark we played card games, board games, chess and she read to me and with me. We walked miles and took two buses to the centre of town for swimming lessons and she searched (without the internet) for any activity opportunity that was available for me. I went to school eager to learn and bursting with energy and ambition.

I couldn’t tell my mum that I was recently supporting schemes to help many 11 year olds learn to swim, or that some people in my world once celebrated two hours of PE for each primary school. (Notice how the word ‘quality’ slipped over the years as did any measure of actual physical activity.) I can’t discuss the obesity strategy with her that says children need a minimum of 30 minutes physical activity at school and 30 minutes at home (below recommended health levels and less than half the guidelines of other countries). The reason being she would be flabbergasted at the extraordinarily low expectations.

My mum doesn’t see playing with your children as something amazing she just thinks that’s normal and she does it now with all the grandchildren, all the time, regardless of their age. She would even think sending me to school unable to swim was unacceptable.

One clear ambition we have at Create is to help families enjoy active play together. We are supporting parents and carers with simple strategies and inspiring materials to actively read with their children, play active board games with their children and learn together. But, most importantly, to bask in the sheer joy that comes from active play together.

All parents and carers are desperate to do better for their children and we want to work with schools and community organisations to show them really simple way to support them.

We have some simple ways to help and encourage families to take first steps or do a little more activity through real play supporting resources. But it’s the targeted focused intervention work with real play that gives me joyful tears and goosebumps. The feedback we get from families, schools and children is simply unparalleled.

real PE and real gym continue to grow. They are easy to buy into, help you deliver your primary PE curriculum better and they are the best approaches and supporting resources out there.

The family stuff is more difficult. There you are! I’ve said it. It is difficult. It will take significant effort from incredible professionals already with too much to do. That includes Create staff, school senior managers, teachers, assistants, SENCOs, Family Support Workers, Family Link Teachers and PE practitioners. It’s really tough for us to make the finance work and it requires investment from others to make it happen. But oh my goodness it’s worth it. The impact will be so much deeper and broader than even the most ambitious could imagine.

Come and join us. Be liberated by accepting that while all the very best things are tough to achieve we feel incredibly nourished by every family and every child we can make a difference to.

When what we now describe as amazing becomes normal, I might have the confidence to tell my mum about it.

Ronnie is a former leader in education, award-winning National League coach and National Trainer who established Create in 2006 to inspire teachers and coaches to better include, engage and challenge all young learners.

To find out how you and your school can benefit from real play click here for details of the exciting opportunities available until 31st December 2017.

Family Focus Month Special Offers

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Phil profile“After a successful year piloting Family FUNS we are delighted to launch our first Family Focus Month offering up to 50% OFF Family FUNS resources.

Whether you are new to Family FUNS or an existing school or setting currently delivering Family FUNS we have some exciting opportunities to help you support active family learning and play.” Phil Wylie, Family FUNS National Lead

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Family FUNS is a proven solution!

Family FUNS helps families play and learn together whilst supporting children to develop the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE and life.

See Family FUNS in action, view the impact it is having and view the summary of the research study produced by Southampton Solent University and Sport Hampshire and Isle of White by clicking here.

Ronnie profileRead Managing Director, Ronnie Heath’s early childhood experiences of family time and how those positive core memories shaped his life. Click here to view.

Family Focus special offers

New to Family FUNS?
Click here to view the flexible options available to suit your school or setting.

Already delivering Family FUNS?
Visit the Create shop to view the fantastic offers including up to 50% off home packs. Click here to visit the shop.

Don’t miss out! Offers end: 31st December 2016

 

Fortius Primary PE Conference

We’re excited to be part of the Fortius Primary PE Conference.

Date: Friday 25th November 2016, 9am – 4pm

Venue: Four Pillars Conference Centre, Spine Road East, South Cerney, Cirencester, GL7 5FP

As part of the conference, we’ll be delivering workshops on real PE and Family FUNS  where delegates will have the opportunity explore the philosophy and resources behind each of these innovative programmes.

You’ll have three opportunities to find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Take part in our real PE workshop. This will explore simple solutions and introduce real PE, an innovative programme that gives all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
  • Take part in our Family FUNS workshop to find out how this innovative scheme helps families to play and learn together.
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you can talk to us about all of our programmes. 

Please click here for more information.

Northamptonshire Sport PE and School Sport Conference

We’re excited to be part of the Northamptonshire Sport Annual Physical Education and School Sport Conference 2016.

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 9am – 4pm

Venue: Northampton Saints RFC, Franklin’s Gardens, Weedon Road, Northampton NN5 5BG

As part of the conference, we’ll be delivering workshops on real PE, real Gym, Family FUNS and real Leaders where delegates will have the opportunity explore the philosophy and resources behind each of these innovative programmes.

You’ll have many opportunities to find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Take part in one our real PE Innovations’ workshops. This will provide existing real PE schools the opportunity to explore updates and innovations including new interactive lesson plans, simple assessment tools and updated resources to enhance delivery of real PE in school.
  • Take part in one of our workshops on Enabling, Enriching and Extending ALL children through real Gym’. This practical workshop will introduce delegates to real Gym and show how this inclusive programme explodes the myths around teaching gymnastics whilst enabling every child to stretch themselves.
  • Take part in one of our workshops on ‘Engaging Families in Active Play: Active, Healthy Children Achieve More’. This workshop will introduce strategies and practical solutions to support delegates to engage more families in activities at schools and home environments through the Family FUNS programme.
  • Take part in one of our Developing Leadership FUNdamentals’ workshops. This workshop will explore a new approach which will give all children the opportunity to develop leadership FUNdamentals which they will then be able to apply across the school.
  • Listen to Managing Director Ronnie Heath and real Gym National Lead Sarah Moon’s key note speeches.
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you can talk to us about all of our programmes. 

Please visit click here or contact Steve Jones at Steve.Jones@firstforwellbeing.co.uk for more information.

Active Surrey Primary PE and School Sport Conference

We’re excited to be part of the Active Surrey Primary PE and School Sport Conference.

Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016

Venue: Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7AD

As part of the conference, we’ll be delivering workshops on real PE, real gym, Family FUNS and real coaching  where delegates will have the opportunity explore the philosophy and resources behind each of these innovative programmes.

You’ll have four opportunities to find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Take part in our real PE workshop. This will explore simple solutions and introduce real PE, an innovative programme that gives all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
  • Take part in one of our practical real gym workshops to find out how this inclusive programme explodes the myths around teaching gymnastics whilst enabling every child to stretch themselves.
  • Take part in our Family FUNS workshop to find out how this innovative scheme helps families to play and learn together.
  • Take part in our real coaching workshop to find out how this groundbreaking programme supports coaches to gain a deeper understanding of the developing child and to align coaching habits in order to develop a truly child centred approach.
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you can talk to us about all of our programmes. 

Please visit http://www.activesurrey.com/schools for more information.

CSW Sport Primary PE Subject Leaders Day

We’re excited to be part of the CSW Sport Primary PE Subject Leaders Day.

Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016

Venue: Ricoh Arena Community Space, Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Coventry CV6 6GE

As part of the conference, we’ll be delivering two workshops on real PE and real gym, where delegates will have the opportunity to explore the resources and philosophies behind each of these innovative programmes. We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

You’ll have three opportunities to find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Take part in our interactive, experiential real PE workshop. This will explore simple solutions and introduce real PE, an innovative programme that gives all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
  • Take part in our practical real gym workshop to find out how this innovative, inclusive programme explodes the myths around teaching gymnastics whilst enabling every child to stretch themselves.
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you can talk to us about all of our programmes. 

Please visit http://peschoolsportcsw.org.uk/pe-conference or contact Cathy Brown at cb@createdevelopment.co.uk for more information.

Coach Core’s Royal visit

Create Development were delighted to attend the Coach Core National roll out Celebration, hosted at Lords Cricket Stadium and attended by Prince Harry on behalf of The Royal Foundation. The event was to celebrate the expansion of the Coach Core coaching apprenticeship programme. Having launched its first pilot in London in 2012, the scheme now works with 42 partners across the UK and is on target to img_2444reach 100 by Spring 2017.  At Lords, Prince Harry had the opportunity to meet apprentices and coaches and to try out some of their coaching exercises. As part of the day, John Parsons and Nathalie Fitzgerald, delivered practical showcase sessions with the London and Essex apprentices to bring the Coach Core and real Coaching philosophy to life for the guests.

This fantastic scheme aims to take young people from challenging communities and provide unparalleled education and employment opportunities through a 12 month, paid sports coaching apprenticeship. Through this, we are able to train our future sports coaches with a number of high level, recognisable and exciting qualificatiimg_2328ons and training opportunities so that apprentices leave with an exceptional resume. The scheme links businesses and organisations through The Royal Foundation’s pioneering consortium model that provide places of employment, and 98% of graduates go on to full time education or employment. Almost 100 apprentices have now trained with the scheme’s pilot sites.

img_2426The ten core modules of the Coach Core programme, developed by Create Development, form the central strand of Coach Core and develop the child first and foremost so that they have a positive relationship with sport and physical activity. We’re supporting the delivery of Tutor training to assist consortiums in cities and areas across the country, including London, Nottinghamshire, Essex and Manchester.

See below to watch Prince Harry speak at the event and click here to view The Royal Foundation’s article on the day.

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Video courtesy of The Royal Foundation and Coach Core.

 

 

 

 

 

Rugby Primary PE Conference

We’re excited to be part of the Rugby Primary PE Conference.

Date: Friday 21st October 2016

Venue: The Collingwood Centre, Rugby School, Barby Road, CV22 5DZ

As part of the conference, we’ll be delivering two workshops on real PE and real gym, where delegates will have the opportunity to explore the resources and philosophies behind each of these innovative programmes. We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

You’ll have three opportunities to find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Take part in our real PE workshop to find out how this programme gives all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
  • Take part in our real gym workshop to find out how this innovative, inclusive programme explodes the myths around teaching gymnastics whilst enabling every child to stretch themselves.
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you can talk to us about all of our programmes. 

Please contact Cathy Brown at cb@createdevelopment.co.uk for more information.

Active Schools Leeds Annual Conference

We’re excited to be part of the Active Schools Leeds Annual Conference.

Date: 12:30pm – 8:00pm, Thursday 20th October 2016

Venue: John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds LS11 5DJ

As part of the conference, Create Development’s managing director Ronnie Heath will be delivering a key note speech. We’re also proud to be sponsoring the Upskilling Staff Award in the category of ‘Delivering High Quality Physical Education’. This award will recognise the work that a school has carried out to improve staff skills, knowledge and understanding. We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

You’ll have two opportunities to find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Listen to Ronnie Heath’s key note speech.
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you can talk to us about all of our programmes. 

Please contact Pam Stevenson at ps@createdevelopment.co.uk for more information.

Manchester PE Conference

We’re excited to be part of the Manchester PE Conference.

Date: 10am – 3pm, Thursday 20th October 2016

Venue: Armitage Sports Centre, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, M14 6HE

We’re excited to be part of the Manchester PE Conference.

As part of the conference, Create Development will be delivering three workshops on real PE, real gym and Family FUNS. We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

You’ll have four opportunities to find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Take part in our real PE workshop to find out how this programme gives all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
  • Take part in our Family FUNS workshop to find out about how this innovative scheme helps families to play and learn together.
  • Take part in our real gym workshop to find out about how this innovative, inclusive programme explodes the myths around teaching gymnastics whilst enabling every child to stretch themselves.
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you can talk to us about all of our programmes. 

Please contact Phill O’Brien at pob@createdevelopment.co.uk for more information.

Suffolk Primary School Sport Conference

We’re excited to be part of the Suffolk Primary School Sport Conference 2016.

Date: 9:00am – 3:45pm, Thursday 13th October 2016

Venue: Trinity Park Conference Centre, Ipswich, IP3 8UH

As part of the conference, we’ll be delivering two workshops on real PE, in which delegates will have the opportunity to explore this innovative scheme, as well as get the chance to learn more about Family FUNS. We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day

You’ll have three opportunities to find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Take part in one of our real PE workshops to find out how this programme gives all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you’ll have the chance to talk to us about Create Development’s programmes, including real PE and Family FUNS. 

For more information and to book onto the conference please visit: www.suffolksport.com/primaryconference

Sheffield PE and School Sport Conference

We’re excited to be part of the Sheffield PE and School Sport Conference and Partnership Development Day.

Venue: Sheffield Wednesday FC – Hillsborough Stadium, S6 1SW
Date: Thursday 29th September 2016, 8:45am-3:30pm

As part of the conference, we’ll be delivering a workshop on real PE, where delegates will have the opportunity to explore the resources and philosophy behind this innovative programme. We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

You’ll have two opportunities to find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Take part in our real PE workshop to find out how this programme gives all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you’ll have the opportunity to talk to us about real PE and real gym.

For more information please contact Emma Flaherty at emmaflahertylinks@gmail.com.

Born to play

Read the latest post on our blog from Cathy Brown, Regional Manager, Midlands:

“Was Josh born to play golf OR born to play and explore? Was it Joshua’s positive experiences through explorative play and the opportunity to observe and copy the sport of golf which made him feel positive and confident whenever he practiced golf related activities? After all, aren’t we all more likely to persevere with something that makes us feel good?”

Click here to read the full post.

Born to play

By Cathy Brown, Regional Manager, Midlands

Like all children my son Joshua (now aged 6 years old) loves playing and thanks to our ball obsessed Shih Tzu, Bruce, it wasn’t long before Joshua developed an interest in balls. Throwing, catching, rolling and watching sports and activities that involved balls. I remember questioning if many young toddlers chose to watch Wimbledon, golf or snooker instead of Thomas the Tank Engine or Peppa Pig.

When at 12 months old Joshua came out of the kitchen one day with a wooden spoon and egg cup, we didn’t realise then that this was the start of his golf journey.

Over the months and years, I would regularly hear from nursery about his antics. ‘Today Joshua was playing golf with a wooden strawberry and a piece of train track.”, “Today Joshua has been showing all the other children how to play golf.” One day I made a compilation of Joshua’s golf video clips from across the years which I subsequently posted on a social networking site. A number of comments were posted but there were two comments which attracted my attention:

“Wow what a talented little boy.”
“Relentless determination to move the ball forward.”

These comments made me reflect: did Joshua have a natural talent for golf or was it his experiences and environment that provided him with the opportunity to practice and develop his skills? Was Josh naturally talented or did he develop early positive behaviours that would accelerate his learning and development?

Despite the belief of our family and many of our friends, Joshua did not enter this world with a golf club in his hand. Like all other children, he just liked to play. Not golf specifically, just play.

As a baby and toddler he played, we praised, he tried new things, we praised, he observed, we praised, he explored, we praised. He experienced success and failure, we praised both. He adapted, we praised, he persevered, we praised. Due to our own experiences and interests as a family, on reflection we probably got more excited and praised more when he explored anything that resembled golf; but then doesn’t every grandparent and parent enjoy seeing their child or grandchild do something they enjoy themselves. Joshua soon discovered trying to hitting a ball with an object (any object initially) gave him a positive experience. Family and friends would praise him.

He practiced. For hours each week he practiced and through exploring and playing he learned and developed.

Was Josh born to play golf OR born to play and explore? Was it Joshua’s positive experiences through explorative play and the opportunity to observe and copy the sport of golf which made him feel positive and confident whenever he practiced golf related activities?. After all, aren’t we all more likely to persevere with something that makes us feel good?

One of the things I love most about working at Create is seeing the impact the Create approach has. Spreading the word, helping others to really understand the impact rewarding positive behaviours has. The small changes parents and teachers can make to have such a huge personalised impact on every child and how Family FUNS, real PE and real gym can provide the initial support and framework to support this. After all, doesn’t every child deserve to feel good about what they do?

See below to watch Joshua’s story.

Bristol Primary PE Conference

We’re excited to be part of the Bristol Primary PE Conference.

Venue: Hilton Doubletree Bristol, Redcliffe Way, Bristol, BS1 6NJ
Date: Friday 14th October 2016, 9am-4pm

The conference, held by a team of Fortius Physical Education and City Academy Bristol, is aimed exclusively at primary practitioners. As part of the conference, Create Development’s Managing Director Ronnie Heath will be delivering a key note speech and we’ll be delivering two workshops on real PE and Family FUNS. We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

You’ll have four opportunities to find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Take part in our real PE workshop to find out how this programme gives all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
  • Take part in our Family FUNS workshop to find out about how this innovative scheme helps families to play and learn together.
  • Listen to Ronnie Heath deliver his key note speech.
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you can talk to us about all of our programmes, including real PE and Family FUNS. 

For more information and to book onto the conference please visit: http://fortiuspe.co.uk/events/bristol-primary-pe-conference/

West Berkshire Primary School Conference

We’re excited to be a part of the West Berkshire Primary School Conference.

Venue: Pincents Manor, Pincents Lane, Calcot, Reading RG31 4UQ

Date: Friday 23rd September, 9:30am – 3:30pm

As part of the conference, we’ll be delivering a practical workshop where we’ll be showcasing Create Development’s courses, including real PE, real gym and Family FUNS, and demonstrating how we’re creating positive relationships with physical activity for life. We’re looking forward to meeting everyone attending for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

For more information, please contact Maxine Cooke at mc@createdevelopment.co.uk

Dartmoor SSP PE Conference

We’re excited to be part of the South Dartmoor SSP PE Conference.

Venue: Hannahs, Seale-Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6NQ

Date: 20th September 2016, 9am-4pm

The theme for the conference is ‘imagine what is possible’, and we’re looking forward to contributing to the day with our own philosophy of redefining what’s possible, and demonstrating how we’re doing so by creating positive relationships with physical activity for life.

As part of the conference we’ll be delivering a workshop on Family FUNSwhere delegates will be able to explore the approaches and resources involved in this unique early intervention scheme.  We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

For more information on the conference and to book your place (booking closes 16th September) please visit: https://v1.bookwhen.com/dartmoorssp

The art of growing

Read the latest post on our blog by Nathalie Fitzgerald, Regional Manager, London:

“Schools are full of people who are nurturers and growers, selfless givers who spend their days ensuring that children in their care reach their full potential, and develop a love for learning. But as teachers, when do we take the time to nurture and grow ourselves? In the hours I have spent in the garden, I have pondered the links between my gardening experiences and Learning Nutrition.”

Click here to read the full post.

The art of growing

By Nathalie Fitzgerald, Regional Manager, London

The daughter of a gardener, I spent my life learning how to cultivate. Understanding the delicate balance of an organic environment that grows at its own pace, affected by the elements and many other factors out of our control. This is an art! It requires a huge variety of skills, understanding when to gently persuade, when to intervene and when to leave well alone!

No surprise then, that as an adult I seem to have gravitated towards nurturing and growing. I’m now on my third house and garden renovation. And now, I’ve met my match. Meet my new nemesis; the garden at Number 68.

So, skip back to autumn 2015. I had watched the garden blossom throughout the summer, with ample fruits from 7 apple trees and 2 pear trees. The trees from the woods surrounding the house full with luscious green leaves. As the cooler days of autumn set in, my new garden began to look confused, overgrown and unbalanced. The initial amazement of the abundant fruits, began toBefore turn into questions about why so many of the apples were so small. With leaves falling everywhere, covering the overgrown mass of greenery, I started to realise that this little bit of nature of mine was not as healthy as I’d first thought. It was definitely blooming, but not reaching its full potential.

My challenge was recognising what I needed to do, and when and how to do it, in order to get my London haven back to beautiful. This was not as straightforward as might be expected, with out of control fruit trees, asbestos and ground full of clay. I began to expect the unexpected. YouTube and Google have become my new best friends.

Systematically over the winter, I have pruned, cleared, chopped, and lopped; giving each small piece of the garden its own individual lease of life. Individual being the operative word here, as almost each shrub, tree, plant and element of the garden needed its own plan of action. Having never pruned a fruit tree before and being warned “cut too much and you’ll kill it”, figuring out what was required was by and large trial and error and a leap of faith, trusting that nature would be kind to my decisions.

This whole process is something I recognise across the teaching profession. Schools are full of people who are nurturers and growers, selfless givers who spend their days ensuring that children in their care reach their full potential, and develop a love for learning. But as teachers, when do we take the time to nurture and grow ourselves? In the hours I have spent in the garden, I have pondered the links between my gardening experiences and Learning Nutrition.

For those of you who are real PE practitioners, you may or may not be familiar with Learning Nutrition. It features in your IntroductioDuringn Booklets and forms part of the real PE Day 4 for Subject Leaders. Learning Nutrition is exactly what I’ve been doing in the garden for the past year. Developing and nurturing, to bring about the best possible outcome for me as a gardener and everything in my care. The only difference is that Learning Nutrition, with its simple and gradual steps, allows teachers to become successful learners at their own pace; using a simple and elegant 5 stage guide. If only the same thing existed for gardening – Alan Titchmarsh, I hope you’re reading!

Learning Nutrition helps practitioners build their confidence in the ‘how’ of teaching PE, rather than the ‘what’ we teach. Shaping understanding, behaviours, language and practice; giving teachers control over their own development, and choice of where to focus their learning. The result of using Learning Nutrition is teachers who are motivated to continuously develop good teaching habits; and learners who take responsibility for their learning, understand where they are and their next steps in their journey, a culture of excellence and very happy classrooms which flourish and grow.

Leaping into the first full summer at Number 68, I’m beginning to see the fruits of my labour and decisions. The garden is definitely less cluttered and everything that survived the garden cull looking far healthier than it did going into the winter. I’ve handed the reins back over to nature. I am carefully listening to the responses, which will help me decide the right plan of action for the year ahead, along with a little help from friendly experts I’ve chatted to along the way. I’m pretty sure I’ve made some mistakes, one or two more obvious than others; I can safely say I will only be getting fruit from 5 apple trees this year, but fingers crossed they’ll be bigger, sweeter and tastier than before.

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Plymouth SSP Primary PE Conference

We’re excited to be part of Plymouth School Sports Partnership’s annual Primary PE Conference.

Date: 14th September 2016
Venue: The University of St Mark and St John

The conference will feature a Keynote Speech from Professor Andrew Edwards, as well as the presentation of the School Games Mark Awards and the Plymouth Swimming Awards. We’ll then be delivering an Introduction to real PE as one of the workshops available to delegates. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore the real PE resources and schemes of work, and discuss the philosophy and approach of the programme.

We’ll also be on our market stall at lunch time, giving both those taking part in the workshop and those not the opportunity to meet us to find out how we’re creating positive relationships with physical activity for life.

We look forward to seeing those attending for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.
If you are interested in real PE in Devon, please contact Gill Cameron on gc@createdevelopment.co.uk

The 3 Hurdles of Alignment – Part 2

Read the latest post on our blog from Director of Innovation for PE and Sport, John Parsons, ‘The 3 Hurdles of Alignment – Part 2’:

“So, the final hurdle is aligning what we do as well as what we say, which is not easy to do consistently as it’s easy to fall back into old habits. This is about really being deliberate and thoughtful in our planning and delivery to ensure we align our teaching methods to provide the right environment to enable children to develop these skills. I’m yet to have a teacher or coach on a course who tells me they don’t really value these broader skills and abilities; the acid test for all of us is whether we walk the talk.”

Click here to read the full article.

The 3 Hurdles of Alignment – Part 2

By John Parsons, Director of Innovation for PE and Sport

In Part 1 of my blog (click HERE to read), I discussed the challenge of aligning beliefs and values, with what we say and what we do. I explored the ‘first hurdle’ of being really clear on what we believe and value first as this both communicates outwards and should then guide our communication and action. Unfortunately, in many cases, individuals and organisations ‘fall at the first’ by not going through the process of really establishing beliefs and values, or the ‘WHY’. In a PE and Sport context, this has led to curriculums that are sport led as opposed to child and learning led, an approach which has too frequently only catered for about 20% and a subject which does not align to the broader values of the school.

What often happens as a result of the above is that we end up valuing what we measure rather than measuring what we value. An example of this is the ‘run till you drop’ fitness testing in young children which seems to be making a comeback. Proponents of this approach will point to an increase in the fitness levels of these children to prove that it works and must therefore be introduced to every child in all schools as a way to measure their fitness and, by implication, the performance of the school. Whilst we are all concerned about children’s inactivity levels, we should be thinking long term and working to create positive relationships with physical activity for life and really thinking about the type of experience we want children to have to develop this lifelong love of being active. Just as being treated all the same, standing in queues waiting for their turn to fail will not achieve this, neither will getting all children to run until they can’t run anymore. Instead, we should be providing experiences which ensure that all children feel like they belong, can achieve and be successful, treats them as individuals and gives them a sense of ownership.

We should be communicating and measuring what we really value – children’s physical skills of course, but also their confidence to move and be active, how they cope when things get difficult, how they engage with, support and learn from others, whether they can solve problems, come up with their own ideas, evaluate their own and others’ performance to name some. Surely this is the really important stuff rather than whether they can make a chest pass, a forward roll, a flick pass etc. The win-win is that by developing the really important stuff, they develop these skills much more quickly as well, and we don’t just need to make it the main focus in a PE context! This therefore brings us to our next hurdle – aligning what we say with what we believe. How do we communicate with children, other staff and parents in a way that really aligns? Some suggestions might be:

  • What does our curriculum itself communicate? Does it talk about what the children are learning or what they are doing? Does it show sports/activities as the focus of their learning or as servants to develop their personal, social, physical, cognitive, creative, health and fitness skills?
  • What do we communicate to children via our PE displays? Does it show them that PE and Sport in this school/setting is for all children and is about a broad range of skills and abilities and not just being the best at a sport?
  • What do we tell the children the learning focus of our lessons is? Is it about sport specific outcomes or do they reflect the broader skills and abilities which we value?
  • Do we role model in the language we use, e.g. do we talk about taking a risk ourselves in the lesson? Accept responsibility when something has gone wrong/not worked in the lesson? Ask the children for their thoughts/input?
  • What do we praise? Is it always physical performance/winning or do we deliberately focus on and praise the positive behaviours we want to develop in children? Do we praise the child that drops the ball because they reacted positively and ran after it as quickly as they could? Do we praise their partner who encouraged and supported their partner when they made a mistake because that is what they agreed they would do?

So, the final hurdle is aligning what we do as well as what we say, which is not easy to do consistently as it’s easy to fall back into old habits. This is about really being deliberate and thoughtful in our planning and delivery to ensure we align our teaching methods to provide the right environment to enable children to develop these skills. I’m yet to have a teacher or coach on a course who tells me they don’t really value these broader skills and abilities; the acid test for all of us is whether we walk the talk. If we think it’s important that children learn to evaluate their own and others’ performance, do we invest proper time in it even though it’s hard by providing regular opportunities to peer coach each other? Do we plan in and support them by providing the scaffolding they need, e.g. working with them on how to give feedback; empowering them to understand what good quality/success looks like? If we value creativity in children, do we build in opportunities in every lesson from them to explore and create their own ideas and solutions? If we value problem solving and decision making, do we plan activities where things will go wrong, tell them that this will happen and then enable them to work together to fix these problems rather than going in and fixing it for them? If we value independent learners, do we allow children to work independently, do we excite them to go and try things at home/in the playground? If we value all children, do they all get a chance to succeed, e.g. through focusing on the concept of Personal Best? If we value resilience/perseverance, do we ensure that as well as success, we ensure that we stretch every child and create an environment where they not only feel safe to fail, they actively look for that challenge – just visit a skate park if you want see this type of environment in action (nearly always without a coach/teacher present).

As always, it’s easier to write about this stuff then it is to actually do it and live it. In my teaching/coaching career I got some stuff right and lots of stuff wrong. What I do passionately believe is that it is achievable and that if we can get over these 3 hurdles, it will make a massive impact on creating positive relationships with physical activity for life for all our children.

Summer School Stardom

Cwmbran High School in Gwent, Wales has enjoyed some time in the spotlight following an exciting visit to their Summer School programme from ITV News. The segment focused in on the way that the Summer School programme, delivered by a team led by Andy Honey-Jones and developed by Create Development, has been helping Year 6 pupils to transition to secondary school by using physical activity to develop their key learning skills.

Pupils and teachers alike were interviewed on their experience throughout the week, where it had become clear that the programme’s focus of overcoming challenges had become an excellent opportunity for pupils to make friends and get to know the school. They had also been inspired by a visit from GB Duathlete and Create’s Family FUNS National Lead, Phil Wylie. As a result, the shy Year 6s that had begun the programme were now confident and working together, well aware of friendly faces to look out for when they arrive. The Summer School has also been of immense benefit to the Year 11s that have been Student Mentors for the programme, giving them the opportunity to enhance their leadership abilities and draw from personal experience. We’re pleased to see that this Summer School is clearly creating a positive impact on all involved and ensuring that the Year 6s have a strong relationship with learning when September comes around.

You can watch the interview below.

Contact us at info@createdevelopment.co.uk to find out more about Summer Schools in 2017.

Family FUNS reunion in Bolton

Gaskell Community Primary School in Bolton recently reached the end of its third Family FUNS programme, which they have now delivered to 22 families in total. To celebrate, the school held a reunion, in which these families came back together to play some of the Family FUNS games and activities and delight in Gaskell’s achievement.

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When re-visiting some of the families that had been on a Family FUNS programme, the worry that play might have slowed down or fun forgotten was proven completely unfounded. Families gushed about the fantastic time they’d had using the home packs and proudly announced how much they had kept using them. One boy had even read and acted out ‘Journey to the Blue Planet’ (one of the story books used as part of the home packs) that very morning, using it as a great motivator to get him ready for his day at school!

Most importantly, the impact of Family FUNS was seen in the way the attitudes of parents and children alike had changed, something that was emulated in the language heard. Phrases such as “I was brave when…” and “I challenged myself by…” were buzzing around the room, as all proved that they were now truly on Bravery Island, and that Family FUNS had redefined what’s possible for these families.

What the Family FUNS parents and children at Gaskell had to say:

“Exerciting” – a mixture of exciting and exercise!!

‘[It’s been a] great way to bond with my children.’

“It has helped to build my child’s character making them stronger and brave.”

“Helps builds my confidence with the school and with other parents.”

“I have more friends in the playground.”

“Loads of ideas to play with my kids.”

Congratulations to Gaskell on their success! To read about it further and see Aiden’s case study, click here to view their impact report.

real PE and real gym continue to grow

real PE continues to grow over the past academic year, with many more practitioners taking on the challenge to create positive early relationships with physical activity for life. Over the last academic year, we’ve seen 5,462 practitioners trained in real PE,  with 78 Create Learning Communities and 305 Whole Schools involved overall.

We’ve had a fantastic year in real PE, and a huge thanks to everyone who’s joined us and to all who have continued to work with us to redefine what’s possible. We look forward to hearing your stories and the impact real PE has had in the coming academic year.

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The number of practitioners trained in real gym also continues to grow with over 600 practitioners now trained to deliver high quality gymnastics in schools and create rounded learners. The impact of real gym on children can be viewed in this great case study by North Town Primary School in Taunton. Click here to view.

We’re looking forward to enabling even more children to stretch themselves in the new academic year!

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A new dimension

The new Create Review and real gym Dice have now arrived and not only look amazing, but are going down a storm with the first schools to receive them!

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To add to practitioners’ creative and colourful set of resources, we’ve created the new Create Review Dice. The dice are colour coded, tactile and durable, and encourage dynamic and creative work within PE, as well as support pupils to self and peer review their learning.

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The new set of Create Review Dice is based on the six multi-ability cogs, with two additional dice for a deeper review of learning. From rolling the dice, the child or teacher supporting them receives a question that can be used to evaluate what they’ve learned from the activity undertaken and see how their skills can be better developed. Not only can these dice be used to complement real PE, they can also be transferred to support other areas of the curriculum, providing an invaluable resource to get cogs turning and minds rolling!

diceThe dice can be purchased on the Create shop for £16 plus VAT for a set of 8 and £49 plus VAT for 4 sets.

Click here to purchase yours.  Schools that are already using the dice have told us that the children were really excited using them and found them to be a really useful resource.

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real gym diceThis brand new set of real gym Dice aid the teaching of the real gym scheme of work. These dice work with the Dice Matrix Poster and show all the unique symbols for easy use. By exploring different choreographic techniques, children can develop their skills in increasing challenging situations, as well as extend sequence development.

Reception teacher and Senior Management Team member, Flo Head, from Abington Vale Primary School shared her thoughts:
“I have found them useful using them alongside numbered dice which really challenges them to create multiple moves i.e. 4 star shapes/3 tuck shapes etc – then you can see if children have grasped the concepts of each shape.

The children lead the session as the ownership is shifted to them as they are the ones rolling the dice and following the simple instructions and drawings. We have only just started using them but I have been very impressed with how the learning culture has shifted as well as how easy they are to use on their own or with numbered dice.

I am looking forward to using them alongside equipment to again enhance the sessions and the flexibility and range of choice!”

Hear what the children at Abington Vale Primary School are saying about the dice in these video clips by clicking here and here.

Like the Create Review Dice, the real gym Dice be purchased on the Create shop for the same price. Click here to purchase yours.

 

 

 

Somerset Sports Awards

Create Development were proud to support the annual Somerset Sports Awards, hosted by our fantastic partners Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) on the 24th June. The awards were a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of the inspirational volunteers, great coaches, outstanding athletes and quality clubs across the county. More entries than ever were seen this year, and the event was also an opportunity to celebrate the work that SASP are undertaking with Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign.sasp awards 2

Create’s Matt Lloyd was there to take part in the festivities and assist in presenting Andy Swain of Chard Hockey Club with the award of ‘Children’s Coach of the Year’, which we were delighted to sponsor. We’re pleased to have supported an event that highlights just some of the many individuals clearly representing the Create philosophy of redefining what’s possible.

For more information on the evening and a complete list of winners please click here.

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Feeling good about ourselves

By Ronnie Heath, Managing Director

My 91-year-old grandmother very recently introduced me to her new care worker. She clearly is very proud of me, but she did fail to mention that I’m the Managing Director at Create, leading a national team creating positive relationships with physical activity for life. Instead, she did the same introduction she has done for the 44 years of my life I can remember which is, “Here’s our Ronnie, he’s always regular.”

I don’t aim to trivialise this, because in the opinion of my grandmother, this really is the only significant indicator of positive health. Indeed she tells me those who suffer from irregular bowel movements know only too well it is the cause of most of the world’s problems. Poor decision making, a lack of compassion or tolerance, headaches and many physical ailments are the result of constipation according to my grandmother. Nothing can’t be solved with a gentle voluntary laxative or if necessary a covert large dose of involuntary laxative.

I was fortunate enough to watch Natasha Devon give a keynote at the start of July. She speaks passionately and clearly about the incredible impact mental health has on young people. She spoke at length about the how our body image, particularly for girls, affects our whole self and the importance of redefining what ‘strong’ means to boys, including encouraging them to ask for help and developing a willingness to talk about their worries. The thing that resonated with me most though, was the incredibly positive work we can do with all children.

We talk at lot at Create about the fact that ‘some things are simply more important than others’, referring to our deployment of scarce resources for children. However, it also applies to health. At the recent LiveWire conference in Warrington I discussed how the ‘Create Cogs’ provide a great model for a more modern understanding of the many elements that combine and work together to impact on our overall health.

I love the fact at Create, we support teachers to develop children’s personal and social skills. I’m delighted that we can influence the way that coaches speak to young children and how they can praise positive behaviours. Watching parents delight in playing, talking, engaging and learning with their children perhaps above all else reminds us why we do what we do. Ultimately, as we say in describing Learning Nutrition, we are ‘creating habits to develop positive behaviours.’

We are proud of our very deliberate whole child approach for Jasmine. Over time we have simplified our language to ‘developing thinking and emotional skills’ in addition to physical literacy. My sense is that we could go a layer further down and simply say we help children (and loads of big people) to feel good about themselves. Indeed, our delivery and approach are deliberately developed to help the teacher, the grandma, the coach, the dad, the older sister all feel good about themselves. Create has long-term cultural aims, but we directly impact on health everyday.

I think we can do even more, especially for our own staff and especially for those staff who aren’t as regular as me.

The impact of real gym

What is the impact of real gym on the child?

Read the NEW case study from North Town Primary School, Taunton to see what real gym looks like in their school and the impact it has had on their children and teachers.

Click here to read the case study.

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GamesForceGo! real leaders begins

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PrintIn partnership with London Youth Games, GamesForceGo! real leaders has had a great start with pilots in London and with Slough SSP.  The nature of the programme marks a unique approach to leadership in the primary setting, with whole school leadership being the focus.  GamesForceGo! real leaders enables schools to deliver leadership programmes in school that support the development of leadership fundamentals, through simple and clear learning journeys.

Using some of the incredible activities from real PE, learning and development of leadership Fundamentals is brought to life in a fun and engaging way.  GamesForceGo! real leaders provides children with opportunities to develop character and their skills for employment alongside genuine volunteering and leadership experience.  It supports schools to embed junior leadership teams across the whole school, maximising the impact on our next generation of leaders.

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Feedback from schools so far has been overwhelmingly positive and one teacher said:

“Leadership needs to be re-positioned at the forefront for our school, in fact a lot of schools.  I can see the impact this programme will make in school, and how much it could do for the children who really need it most.”

A 9 year old leader said:
“No matter how much we might disagree, we can work it out, we are a team.”

For more information on GamesForceGo! real leaders please contact us at info@createdevelopment.co.uk or call 020 8863 0304.

Hit the ground running in September

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Where did the last term go? Before you take a well deserved break, we wanted to make sure you too can hit the ground running, just like your pupils, come September in three simple steps…

1. Keep it simple

Interactive Lesson PlanHave you seen the NEW real PE packs which include Interactive Lesson Plans and enhanced resources? You talked, we listened and now they’re even more beautiful and easier to use.

Click here to visit the Create Shop. The password to purchase resources can be found on the real PE Teacher Portal.

2. Be inspired

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View all the latest support documents and resources including the new simple assessment tools on the real PE Teacher Portal.We update the portal regularly so ensure you keep checking for new ideas and inspiration.

Click here to visit the real PE Teacher Portal.

3. Add a new dimension

Looking to add a new dimension to your PE lessons? Schools are ravireview-dice-300x211ng about how the Create Review dice encourage dynamic and creative work within PE, as well as support pupils to self and peer review their learning. If you’re also a real gym school, the NEW real gym Dice are also available to purchase

Click here to visit the Create Shop.

More than 14,500 practitioners are creating positive relationships with physical activity for life for over 1 million pupils. If you are a real PE practitioner you know what a huge difference YOU are making.

Wishing everyone a great and active summer!

Lindsy and Archie smash World Record

Create Tutor, Lindsy James proved herself to be both a world-class athlete and mum as she broke the Guinness World Record for being the fastest woman pushing a pram and baby over a half marathon!
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Having trained six days a week since January, covering over 1000 miles in that time, Lindsy pushed a pram, weighing 10.5kg, and her son Archie, weighing 10kg, over 13 miles at this year’s Derby Ramathon. With crowds roaring as she ran into the iPro Stadium, Lindsy and Archie smashed the record by more than three minutes. FB_IMG_1467075291158 (1)

 

Lindsy chose to attempt to break the record in memory of her mother, who sadly passed away in April last year. In doing so, Lindsy expects to have raised a grand total of £4000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Rotherham Hospice that cared for her mother in her final days. Reflecting on the experience, Lindsy said:

“The miracle isn’t that we finished, it’s that we had the courage to start… The memory of that day will last a lifetime and will remain as one of the best days of our lives.”

We’re overwhelmingly proud of Lindsy for redefining what’s possible and proving what can be done when you choose to take a leap into the unknown! If you would like to express your support for Lindsy and her amazing causes, her fundraising page is still open. Click here to donate.

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Hampshire PE and School Sport Conference, 12th July 2016

We’re excited to be part of the Hampshire PE and School Sport Conference 2016. Come and join us at:

Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Botley Road, Southampton, S030 3XH

Date: 12th July 2016, 8:15am-5pm

As part of the conference we’ll be delivering the workshop ‘Family FUNS – Helping Families Play and Learn Together’, where delegates will be able to explore the approaches and resources involved in this unique early intervention scheme, as well as hear from pilot Family FUNS schools and settings.  We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

You’ll have two opportunities to meet us and find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

  • Attend our Family FUNS workshop during Breakout Session 1, led by Tim Dancer
  • Visit us on our stand in the marketplace, where you can talk to us about real PE and real gym

For more information on the conference and to book your place please contact: catherine.elsom@hants.gov.uk

Date night revelations and the power of modelling

Read the latest post on our blog, written by Phill O’Brien, Regional Manager, North:

“I felt compelled to know what mystical significance the ebb and flow of the music held for her. ‘Peter and the Wolf’, she told me, takes her back to her childhood home. Back to her childhood lounge, her dad’s hi-fi, vinyl and the last time beards were trendy. Peter and the Wolf playing loudly, dad and his girls taking on differing roles, each instrument a different animal, each animal a different movement. A family having fun was the vision she painted. Pre-Family FUNS, but still a family playing physically, bonding – forming relationships with physical activity for life.”

Click here to read the full post.

Date night revelations and the power of modelling

By Phill O’Brien, Regional Manager, North:

A window into the marital bliss and routine of Mr and Mrs O’Brien might, at first, appear unsuitable content for such a blog but allow me the benefit of the doubt. Picture the scene… A Saturday night meal in for two, Mrs O’Brien having shopped and cooked with love and attention, myself in best bib and tucker (not to mention new trainers).

A blissful evening took an unexpected turn as Mrs O’Brien’s attention unfathomably shifted from yours truly. Not just her attention but her emotion too – I lost her to a happier place. My rival for her attention? A classical piece of music (get us), chosen by my date that signified no more to me than her having a more refined taste in music than partners.

But what was it about this piece that swept her away? I felt compelled to know what mystical significance the ebb and flow of the music held for her. ‘Peter and the Wolf’, she told me, takes her back to her childhood home. Back to her childhood lounge, her dad’s hi-fi, vinyl and the last time beards were trendy. Peter and the Wolf playing loudly, dad and his girls taking on differing roles, each instrument a different animal, each animal a different movement. A family having fun was the vision she painted. Pre-Family FUNS, but still a family playing physically, bonding – forming relationships with physical activity for life.

The account was vivid, powerful, emotional and moving. Most powerful in the account however was the role that dad played, how his abandon and immersion in the play infected his daughter(s) to the extent that some 40 years later the tune could take Mrs O’B vividly back to her childhood lounge and her childhood self.

My father-in-law dared to play, to give his daughter’s permission to have fun being physical. It’s simply too reductive to imply this a major reason that Mrs O’Brien played rugby at school, went on to study PE, ended up with a sports mad partner and had two sports loving kids – isn’t it? Reductive or not, it got me thinking about the power of role models.

My role models, three volunteers at a community sports club, variously cared for me, took me places and set differing examples of what it is to be a leader. Some were quiet and inspired by example, others charismatic and they inspired by magnetism. They made it possible to imagine a lifelong love of participating in a community of sport.

I have a theory that all of us in the sport and PE industry have a role model story to tell. I indulge myself regularly by asking people to tell me their role model story. I really love to hear those stories – I consider it a privilege. I hear of teachers, parents, community coaches and celebrity sports people – how they all play their part.

I close however thinking of what kind of a role model I am. I suspect in many ways a good deal of our legacy is invested in this question; do I show what is needed to motivate, inspire and energise the next generation to dance to Peter and the Wolf?

Warrington PE and School Sport Conference – 28th June 2016

We’re excited to be a part of the Warrington PE and School Sport Conference. Come and join us at:

Venue: Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, Orford Way, Warrington, WA2 8HE

Date: Tuesday 28th June 2016, 8:30am -3:30pm

The focus of the conference will be ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Habits for Life’. We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear Managing Director Ronnie Heath deliver a key note speech and to meet us on our market stall to discuss how we can work together to transform the teaching of PE in your school and create positive relationships with physical activity for life.

For more information on the conference please contact Vikki Roberts at vr@createdevelopment.co.uk.

GOLD DUST – Playing with your kids

Read the latest post on our blog by Director of Delivery, Pam Stevenson:

“Every time I play cricket in the kitchen with my 6”3’ son or climb over the fence to kick a rugby ball on the local field I want to bottle it and I treasure these hours and hours as they draw to a close. I am saddened by family houses that are more concerned with replicating an Ikea showroom than providing a playful environment for their children. If only they knew what they were missing out on.”

Click here to read the full post!

GOLD DUST – Playing with your kids

By Pam Stevenson, Director of Delivery

This blog is Part 3 of 3 of my self-exploration of how my personal experiences have contributed to my thoughts, beliefs, passions and philosophy about PE and school sport – if you’ve missed my earlier entries, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

I suppose it’s not surprising that when I had kids pretty late in life that they should grow up on a diet of play, play, play. It was certainly worth holding out to have kids with literally the “best dad ever”.

I had hit that ‘clock ticking’ time in my life and if my past partners were anything to go by, I hadn’t met anyone who I wanted to have kids with. So, I opened a “baby account” and put it out there (the hippy in me speaking again)!

When I finally (and I mean finally) had kids with my present partner, Pete, we were both completely ready and we just had more little people around to play with.

Before Natty, my first child, could walk he could play balloon tennis, had been sandwiched up in carpets and whipped out along the floor at a high speed. He thought he could fly since he had been thrown skyward so many times and nappy change involved being bounced high up in the air on the bed.

We hadn’t at this point worked out that we were laying down foundations for him to become an elite sportsman, but by the time he was three, he had physical confidence and control coupled with a hunger and fearlessness. In some ways this was exaggerated even more for my second child whom had an even more cutthroat physical initiation with input from her three year old brother – which at times was pretty hairy.

Our decision as a family to take six months out to go traveling meant that we upped the ante and surfed, swam, ran, played, skateboarded and did a lot or sword fighting 24/7. The children were two and five years old.

I remember a conversation with Nat’s reception teacher who was concerned that he would “fall behind” with his schoolwork. There have been many times in my life when I have believed the lunatics had taken over the asylum and that was one of them!

My kids experienced seven different cultures; they played with different children, but most importantly they were taken out of their comfort zone and routine and were faced with new challenges every day. They built incredible coping strategies for how to join a group of kids playing. They made up their own games and Nat especially learned the importance of keeping going till the skill was cracked, conquering surfing in Hawaii aged five after hours of falling off.

Return to the normal world was bizarre and sometimes painful but instead of “falling behind” they both had gained the skills and abilities that create independent, resourceful and resilient children and needless to say Nat “caught up” on his schoolwork. Again, as with so many of the philosophies of Create, the name “Multi Abilities” only became familiar to me at a later time.

Six months non-stop swimming and sword fighting round the world had also created two children with exceptional physical skills and they both played for countless teams in countless sports – this part of our life was equally wonderful and excruciating. My children had the privilege of being coached by some incredible coaches. (It’s no surprise that one of the best coaches I came across now works as a Regional Manager for Create!)

It is difficult to be critical of a voluntary coach, especially when they are giving up their time to work with my child, but I have witnessed my own and other children literally have the joy and stuffing knocked out of them for short term, ‘perceived team benefits’. This was accentuated when dealing with paid, professional coaches who often seemed to be short sighted and completely lacking in empathy.

The expectations of parents to support their children on sporting pathways just seem to replicate traditional Physical Education. It’s only for the chosen few. If you have disposable income, a spare parent to drive you up to three hours for a game and a degree in detective work – your child can follow the sporting pathway.

There seemed to be, in lots of sporting clubs and county squads, a complete lack of kindness and empathy for how children felt and a complete lack of transparency. Simply, the sport and winning were at the heart and not the individual children.

However excruciating, sport was still an amazing vehicle to orientate my kids through the difficult teens. It got them off the couch, away from screens and away from the other teenage temptations that sadly some of their friends have succumbed to. It has given both Pete and I an incredibly powerful tool to communicate with our children and the hours driving both of them to training and games were some of the loveliest and in-depth conversations. Something to do with them being strapped in.

Every time I play cricket in the kitchen with my 6”3’ son or climb over the fence to kick a rugby ball on the local field I want to bottle it and I treasure these hours and hours as they draw to a close. I am saddened by family houses that are more concerned with replicating an Ikea showroom than providing a playful environment for their children. If only they knew what they were missing out on.

So, we seem to be hitting a time in history when playing with your kids is becoming less and less common, diminishing day by day. Pete and I often drive out to Hale to walk the dog and we pass miles of green spaces in front of a Speke housing estate and we don’t see children playing out. Children are least active at evenings and weekends and have unlimited access to sedentary games and disgusting food.

But the solution is not as straightforward as it was for the traditional PE curriculum that just wasn’t fit for purpose for the majority of teachers or children.

EVERY parent has the chance to play with their kids, whether its hide and seek in the house, off the ground tig in the playground or skipping on the pavement. We seem to be experiencing a “perfect storm” where a whole host of factors have come together to produce a generation of families that no longer want to or seem the need to play together.

When I interviewed a mum following her attendance at a Family FUNS club she simply said, “I didn’t know you had to play with your kids. Now I do its easy”.

South Leicestershire PE and Sport Conference, 8th June 2016

We’re excited to be part of the South Leicestershire PE and Sport Conference 2016. Come and join us at:

Venue: Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire

Date: 8/6/2016, 9am-4pm

Join us in our innovative and experiential workshop for the opportunity to see real PE in action and explore simple solutions for developing Fundamental Movement Skills and healthy relationships with physical activity. We’ll also be on our market stall, giving you the chance to chat with us about how we can work together to innovate the teaching of PE in your school. We’d love to meet you on what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

To book your place please visit: http://www.learningsouthleicestershiressp.org.uk/conference

Spring Spotlight offer extended!

Due to many schools being unaware of the campaign, we are pleased to announce that the Spring Spotlight offer has been extended to 19th June 2016! All real PE practitioners will be able to benefit from purchasing the new real PE packs at a crazy price of £95 plus VAT per pack.

The real PE resources have been enhanced to ensure a deeper understanding of the approach to fully embed into schools, as well as making them much simpler and easier to use. These resources in their beautifully packaging are much simpler to use. The children can now also meet the new Create characters who make the resources both fun and engaging for pupils!

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What else has changed?

• Lesson Plans are now interactive
• New set of 12 fantastic storybooks (for EYFS and KS1)
• New First FUNS card (for EYFS and KS1) 
• New supporting activities box (for KS2)
• New FUNS posters

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Click here to view the full details and changes.

With these exciting new developments, we wanted to give real PE practitioners the opportunity to benefit too – you can order your new pack/s by clicking here.

 

  

The Active Learning Toolkit

We are really excited to introduce the Active Learning Toolkit. This new training which includes magical resources is aimed at staff providing 1-to-1 and small group support or intervention in your school or setting.

The Active Learning Toolkit provides hundreds of practical ideas, games and themes to engage children who need a little extra support and develops personal, social and emotional skills for learning in a fun, active way. The 3-hour training course will orientate staff through the toolkit and provides strategies to actively engage and support children in your school or setting.

Who is it for?
All staff providing learning support for children in Early Years Foundation Stage – Year 3 and community settings including TAs/LSAs, ELSAs, SENCOs and Early Years Educators.

Why?

  • Support your staff to actively provide the best possible experiences and measurable impact for children in 1-to-1 and small group environments
  • Engage children in an active, fun way
  • Develop their Personal, Social and Emotional skills for learning
  • Accelerate the development of physical literacy
  • Nurture happy, confident children who believe they can achieve

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Three-hour comprehensive courses are being delivered in your area.

The Active Learning Toolkit is part of real play. real play supports families to play and learn together. To find out more about this captivating programme that supports families through the power of play please click here.

For dates and venues please visit the National Events Calendar by clicking here.

Alternatively, contact us on:
E info@createdevelopment.co.uk
T 020 8863 0304

NEW real PE and real gym dice

To add to your creative and colourful set of resources, we’ve developed NEW sets of dice for the real PE and real gym programmes! Each is colour coded, tactile and durable, and will encourage dynamic and creative work within their respective programmes, as well as supporting pupils to self and peer review their learning.

real gym diceThe new set of 8 real PE dice is based on the six multi-ability cogs, with two additional dice for a deeper review of learning. Not only can these dice be used to complement real PE, they can also be transferred to support other areas of the curriculum, giving you an invaluable resource to get cogs turning and minds rolling!

Click here to get hold of your set of real PE dice.

real_PE_DSC_0150_93789cd3-9b64-4099-89c3-51b031ecc901_1024x1024The new set of 8 real gym dice is for use with the activities in the real gym programme, with the real gym activities indicating when they can be enhanced by their use. The dice work with the Dice Matrix Poster and show all the unique symbols. By exploring different choreographic techniques, children can develop their skills in increasingly challenging situations, as well as extend sequence development.

Click here to get hold of your set of real gym dice.

Leading the way

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Enabling all children to develop leadership fundamentals to reach their full potential

Create Development is working in partnership with the London Youth Games to develop the exciting new duel branded programme GamesForceGo! real leaders. This is a new volunteering and leadership award centered around primary school children in Year 5 and 6. The programme aims to transform junior leadership and character development across whole primary schools, driving pupil voice and whole school development through the power of competitive sport. Healthy and appropriate competitive sporting events will be used to engage and enthuse primary pupils in leadership, thereby developing skills that they will carry with them for life.

Why?
Currently, primary schools in London are unable to develop these key abilities in pupils; the capacity and skills to deliver intra school competition, quality opportunities to engage primary pupils in leadership and an understanding of healthy, appropriate competition are all missing. GamesForceGo! real leaders aims to ensure that young leaders are equipped to deliver competitive opportunities to their peers, with more Year 5 and 6 Londoners achieving their full potential through leadership and competitive sport. Pupils will receive the best opportunities to develop their skillsets through the best leadership programme and resources available, with teachers then equipped to take it across the whole school.

GamesForceGO! real leaders:

  • supports both teachers and pupils in Year 5 and 6 to understand what great leadership looks, sounds and feels like.
  • gives teachers the tools to support the development of leadership fundamentals in pupils.
  • provides pupils with opportunities to lead and deliver small events and competitions.
  • empowers teachers and pupils to deliver high quality, healthy competition through a focus on Personal Best.
  • provides a template programme, resources and a menu of ideas to include, challenge and support young leaders in and through appropriate roles.

 Click here to view the flyer.

To find out when the next 2-day teacher training is contact:
Create Development at info@createdevelopment.co.uk
or London Youth Games at info@londonyouthgames.org

real gym competition winner announced

Thank you to everyone who entered the real gym competition and sent their fantastic photos, videos and quotes of children enjoying their gymnastics lessons.

It was a tough decision and after lots of deliberating, we can now announce the name of the winner who will receive a place on a real gym course…

Congratulations to Sarah Herbert from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary Academy in Nottingham! Sarah tried the sample Lesson Plan with a Year 3 and 5 class and Sarah and the children loved it! See below her summary of the real gym lesson along with photos.

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“At the end of the lesson they reflected on what they found difficult and all agreed it was having to move under pressure that was tricky. They all also understood how this would help them in many different sports situations – having to think fast under pressure. I would never have imagined being able to do that in a gymnastics lesson before.  So, whilst the quality of the balances did go down their physical literacy skills rose dramatically, as did their creativity. Children were forced to think of balance shapes they had never done before.

I know that, with time and a varied approach to teaching the skills the gymnastics will improve and the children’s enjoyment levels and multi sports advantages will remain high. Children were honest about who had helped them and really did try to coach one another, even though they were rushed through the activity.

It was quite different from the way I have been used to teaching gymnastics. I would love to try out a few more lessons. I love that all moves are offered to all year groups, something I have been doing for years and no other gymnastics resources have ever got right! Differentiation of gym skills is the same in a Year 3 class as it is in a Year 6 class so I’ve never understood why other schemes just suggest log rolls or standing star shapes for a Year 3 class and left the harder moves until Years 5 and 6, by which time the children are too stiff and scared to try new skills. Your approach to this differentiation is just what I’ve been looking for – thank you!”

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The runner up was difficult to decide too and we narrowed it down to two who will each receive a set of the exciting NEW real gym Dice. The runners up are:

Chris Palmer at Brookmead School
Click here to view the pupils’ great comments about real gym. One of our favourite pupil quotes was: “I don’t like it, I love it because all of the games are fun and it gets you moving.” Elijah

Flo Head at Abington Vale Primary School
Visit the school blog and scroll down to the ‘Feedback after our first real gym session’ article for more details including fantastic videos of the pupils talking about their real gym experiences. Click here to find out more.

Get involved and try real gym!
If your school hasn’t yet tried a real gym lesson, click here to download the free sample real gym Lesson Plan and get your pupils excited about gymnastics!

 

Wakefield Primary PE Conference, 16th May 2016

We’re excited to be part of the Wakefield Primary PE Conference 2016. Come and join us at:

Venue: Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield

Date: 9am-4pm, 16/05/2016

The conference will focus on ‘Impact, Innovation and Inclusion’. Bringing together National and Local experts on PE and school sport, this event is a must for primary PE practitioners wishing to inspire and improve physical activity opportunities for young people.

You’ll have the opportunity to see Create Development’s Managing Director Ronnie Heath deliver the key note speech on ‘Inclusion’, as well as to see real PE in action in our workshop. We’ll also be on our market stall, giving you the chance to chat with us about how we can work together to innovate the teaching of PE in your school. We’d love to meet you on what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

For more information on the conference click here.