A risky business

By Cathy Brown, Regional Manger, Midlands

I am the proud mum of Joshua (5 years old) and Alice (3 years old) and for my first blog, and others to follow, I’m going to reflect on the amazing experiences parenthood brings and apply my personal learning to the core principals which drive the work we do at Create.

Firstly, I’ll set the scene: it’s Halloween and I’m taking Joshua and Alice to a Halloween party at a large soft play area. All three of us have picked out our costumes, we have had fun getting ready and we’re off. On arriving at the party, there is a queue of parents with their children waiting for the doors to open. I am mortified when I realise that I can’t see any other adult dressed up. This leaves me with a dilemma; do I keep my costume on and risk the perceived embarrassment of being the only adult in fancy dress?

The dilemma I faced, and what happened next really made me reflect. What would life be like if we didn’t take risks? Is our life truly enriched by us having the confidence and courage to take a chance, to try something new, by putting ourselves out of our comfort zone?

This is something that we do everyday at Create: we form new local partnerships, we challenge partners to try a new approach. We ask teachers, Headteachers and practitioners to have the confidence and courage to try something new, to dare to change the way they deliver PE.

Through Family FUNS we are now extending that challenge into the home environment by nurturing, supporting and inspiring families to change how they play and learn together.

Create’s vision is to redefine what’s possible for PE, Sport and physical activity by creating positive relationships with physical activity for life. We are asking partners, practitioners and families to come on that journey with us, to make small changes in order to develop new positive habits. For a few, this is exciting: they are ready. Others are a little more hesitant wherever there is change there is a perceived risk.

Going back to the Halloween party, I’m still in the car considering my options: take off my costume and blend into the party whilst almost certainly seeing the little sparkle leave Josh and Alice’s eyes, or do I just go for it and ‘inflate’ my costume?

I make my choice and I hit the inflate button. It takes 30 seconds for my giant inflatable pumpkin to be in its full glory, I take a deep breath and I walk across the car park to the queue. I’m feeling nervous. How will people respond to me, have I done the right thing? As I get closer, people start to look at me, lots of them – did I make the right choice?

The first person, someone I don’t know, smiles at me and asks “Did you drive here like that? I guess you didn’t need an air bag!” I feel more at ease. Other people I don’t know are chatting to me. I quite like it now. I have been accepted into the party with a full embrace. As I begin to feel more confident, my friend takes a photo which is later posted on a social networking site. To my astonishment my photo receives nearly 23,500 likes and over 600 positive comments. Friends I hadn’t seen for a number of years were re-connecting with me having seen the photo. I had been given the name ‘Pumpkin Mum’ and there is even a suggestion I should run for Prime Minister!

For me being ‘Pumpkin Mum’ was a truly enriching experience. I spoke with new people, I re-connected with old friends, I have an amazing story to share but most importantly for me, Joshua and Alice still talk about ‘Pumpkin Mum’, so I know it enriched their experience.

Mark Zuckerberg was famously quoted as saying “The biggest risk is not taking a risk… You are better off trying something and having it not work and learning from that than not doing anything at all.” When I look back to the times in my life where I have grown as a person and had experiences from which I have learnt, these are the times I look back on most fondly, the memories that have stuck and the experiences I love to share. One thing they all have in common: I took a perceived risk.

Will you be a ‘Pumpkin Mum’?

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Why do we need real gym?

Read the latest post on our blog from real gym National Lead, Sarah Moon:

“Gymnastics doesn’t have to be a boring, repetitive task; once we have learnt the skills, we can use them, play with them in interesting ways to keep the children engaged and having fun in the lesson, whilst also building in the necessary repetitions for them to improve and master a skill.”

Click here to read the full blog.

Why do we need real gym?

By Sarah Moon, real gym National Lead

I get asked this question a lot: “Why do we need real gym? What’s different about it? We have ‘X’ scheme or cards already…” I’ll tell you what’s different.

Let me start from the beginning…
I had a mixed ‘upbringing’ in PE and Sport. I loved PE at primary school – I think I was encouraged, and I certainly loved gym and dance outside of school.

However, when I got to secondary school, suddenly my PE experience become very different. I didn’t fit!
I wasn’t a team player, so I didn’t make the squads, and wasn’t encouraged to do so. There wasn’t a gym club as such; I remember I did once get identified as being ‘gifted and talented’ in gym (surprise surprise – I went to 15 hours’ gym out of school, so that wasn’t a shock!) however, nothing ever happened. I was identified, and thought, “YES something for me now! Now I will be seen as ‘special’ by the PE teachers and be in the ‘gang’…” but nothing ever happened with it. So I was left out – again!

No one ever identified for me that the same run, jump, land on one foot, catch a ball and pass it on to a partner was the same in rhythmic gymnastics (my sport) as it was in netball… So I didn’t feel I could play netball, and then even when we did gym in school, I was then good and got picked on by the cool kids for being good at it.

Sometimes I wonder why I am working in sport, and then I remember: TO GIVE ALL KIDS A BETTER EXPERIENCE THAN THIS. I am passionate about giving all children the ability to succeed in PE and school sport, whether this be physically to succeed or via the multi-abilities approach.

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So with Create Development, real gym was born!

A unique approach that has something for every child to be successful, enabling every child to stretch themselves, whatever this may mean to them.

I know that gymnastics splits a class. You have those whizzy children that can and therefore do, and in the very same class you have the children who are very reluctant even to join in.

My view is that primary teachers are best placed to engage, enable and enrich the experience of gym at school for ALL of these children. They have the ability to find the ‘hook’ for each child. It might be that a child is physically able but doesn’t understand about sharing with a partner – therefore, focus on social skills and encourage and reward this aspect. A teacher who recently attended the real gym Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One course was sat for most of the morning, arms and legs crossed, whilst I was thinking about how I’d get through to her. However, we did the first practical lesson, ‘The Jungle Trip’, and she relaxed and was in. Her hook was linking PE (gym) to performing arts; she obviously felt calm and comfortable with drama/expression and as soon as we were playing a role, it suddenly wasn’t frightening gymnastics, but just animals in the jungle. That was it. She was hooked, and took a positive and active role throughout the rest of the course.

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This is our job as practitioners: to deliver an engaging, enabling and enriching experience for ALL of the children we work with, through whichever method we can achieve these aims.

So what about the ‘gymnasts’ in your class? Many gymnasts are seen as creative, as they perform routines, but 9/10 times (probably more) the coaches at the gym club have told them EXACTLY what to do. They are able to practice and remember a routine, and that’s it.

So give them a chance to be creative and explore the skills that they can use in other ways.

Maybe a reluctant child has very good understanding, so can work cognitively in the lesson, understanding the concepts of creating a sequence and what needs to be included in the routine, or perhaps by coaching others, giving them the success criteria and learning points. Perhaps the quiet child can be the one who gives the reward stickers to others for persevering with a task, or perhaps use the tablet to record sequences to review later.

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Gymnastics doesn’t have to be a boring, repetitive task; once we have learnt the skills, we can use them, play with them in interesting ways to keep the children engaged and having fun in the lesson, whilst also building in the necessary repetitions for them to improve and master a skill.

A good example of these is Dice Frenzy, a real PE game that we have ‘gym-ified’. Played in a team, you have to make a shape (previous skill learning), on a certain number of body parts (as dictated by the dice). For example a star on two body parts, a straight on three body parts, a tuck on one body part etc. The winners are the team who manage to cross off all the dice numbers the quickest.

Through this activity the children repeat their shapes, exploring them in different ways, holding the shapes whilst their team cross off the number. However they also work on many other essential skills: social (in a team), personal (listening and sharing ideas), cognitive (understanding the shape) and creative (exploring and making in different ways).

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The whole concept of real gym is just this, using gymnastics to develop the whole child, whilst learning gymnastic skills and having FUN with gymnastics!

Give Dice Frenzy a go, and see how the children react to it. If you like it book on a real gym course! We are passionate about giving more children a fantastic opportunity to develop through gymnastics, and the ability to succeed and to be valued in their lessons.

A vehicle for ALL kids to have fun & feel good

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

“After two years of teaching PE at Deeside High School I was becoming increasingly interested in Southern African politics; at the time, Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and the book ‘Black Beauty’ was banned there. So, in a rash moment I sent off my CV to a school in Swaziland that had a reputation for radical racial politics and found myself very quickly after that on a plane to teach girls’ PE!

I think there is a wake-up call in everyone’s life and this was mine for sure.”

Click here to read the full post.

A vehicle for ALL kids to have fun & feel good

By Pam Stevenson, Director of Delivery

After two years of teaching PE at Deeside High School I was becoming increasingly interested in Southern African politics; at the time, Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and the book ‘Black Beauty’ was banned there. So, in a rash moment I sent off my CV to a school in Swaziland that had a reputation for radical racial politics and found myself very quickly after that on a plane to teach girls’ PE!

I think there is a wake-up call in everyone’s life and this was mine for sure. The school had educated many of the African National Congress (ANC) leadership’s children and was a beacon of multi-racial education, but unfortunately its gender politics were archaic.

My first battle was when the girls weren’t allowed to opt for football on a Wednesday afternoon. The arguments were around safety and how the boys could practice effectively. I was to hear a lot more of this kind of thing when I began delivering inclusion training to mainstream PE teachers. Disabled children in a mainstream PE class! How will they play rugby? What will the impact be on the other children?

“Disabled children in a mainstream PE class! How will they play rugby? What will the impact be on the other children?”

As my battles grew more heated I left teaching to set up a voluntary project in Swaziland, working with disabled children and adults through sport. This was a complete change in direction for me and was my career path for the next 20 years. I was privileged to be able to experience such a wide and varied work programme and spent the next two years working in a school for the deaf, a school for children with learning disabilities and a mainstream school with lots of disabled children. I look back on these times with a mixture of pride that I had survived, regret that I wasn’t able to do more and knowledge that I was extremely lucky and honoured to have had such a life changing experience.

I remember pondering for hours whether it was a good thing for a child, who lived on the floor of the hospital, to have an hour in the hot baths, lots of cuddles and attention to then be returned to the hospital or whether this was cruel because it flaunted a life that was so far away from the one they were living. I ended up believing that a snippet of real pleasure was like food, a necessity in life and sport and physical activity could provide this.

“I ended up believing that a snippet of real pleasure was like food, a necessity in life and sport and physical activity could provide this.”

I returned from three years working in Swaziland with an eclectic mix of skills having had a chance to work with a massive variety of differently disabled people in a huge mix of sports. Arriving back in England I applied for a job, ‘Lecturer in Equal Opportunities in Sport and Leisure’ at a Further Education college and having returned from working with black, disabled women, I got the job!

I spent the next 20 years building up an inclusive department by employing disabled lecturers, embedding disability sport into most programmes and developing some specialist courses. In parallel I began to work nationally in the world of sport and inclusion. I initially immersed myself in all the inclusion courses out there and soon developed a nervous tic when anyone brought out a parachute or included throwing beanbags into buckets. Surely there was more to PE for disabled children than this?

These experiences did shape the next 20 years for me. During a weekly session, with sometimes 50 disabled adults and carers, I explored and created new and different games that were exciting, ruthless and sometimes highly competitive. Lots of which resurfaced a year later in the healthy competition aspect of Create Developments real PE.

I may have gone too far with ‘Tunnel of Death’ which involved running the gauntlet while everyone else hurled sponge balls, balloons and beach balls at you from close up. The challenge always was, “How can we adjust and adapt the environment so winning and losing isn’t dependent on physical skill alone?” This way, our winners can learn to lose and everyone else can feel the thrill of the win!

In parallel to my lecturing job I was beginning to be asked to train teachers in special and mainstream schools based on a philosophy that was to become known as, ‘The Inclusion Spectrum’. This approach gave deliverers of PE, sport and physical activity a framework to balance the individual needs of people in a group. At the time, it was a survival technique because I had so many different people within my own session. My collaborations with the lovely Ken Black who had been working on and developing ‘The Inclusion Spectrum’ resulted in the publication of the English Federation of Disability Sport training course, ‘Including Disabled Children In Mainstream PE’.

“This approach gave deliverers of PE, sport and physical activity a framework to balance the individual needs of people in a group”

While we were writing the course, Gerry Kinsella, a good friend and CEO of the Greenbank Project, suggested I deliver a workshop to highlight people’s perceptions about disabled children. Delegates were asked either, “What are the challenges of including a disabled child in a mainstream PE class?” or “What are the challenges of including a non-disabled child in a special school PE class?”

After years of delivering this workshop to teachers, students, disabled and non-disabled people the outcomes were always the same. When thinking about the disabled child everyone highlighted the institutional challenges – safety and equipment, how the disabled child would take part in traditional activities, how the class would be stretched and affected and the knowledge of the teacher. But when considering the needs of the non-disabled child everyone switched focus and highlighted the effect on the non-disabled child; how would they be stretched and challenged? How would they access appropriate sports outside of school? Could they be a leader? Would the activities be suitable for the child?

Of course both sets of challenges apply to both scenarios but I never tired of watching the light bulb moment when PE teachers realised that the disabled child in their class might need challenging and supporting with pathways in their chosen sport. It was another leap, that only a few were willing to make immediately, to considering whether the curriculum should include the children in the class or be bound by traditional sports because it always had been.

My passion for PE to provide a vehicle for all children to have fun, feel good, valued, supported and challenged has only very recently found a home. When I began working with my good friends and colleagues at Create Development we began to translate our passion and vision into a real and tangible support package for teachers that stayed true to this vision…real PE.

“…PE to provide a vehicle for all children to have fun, feel good, valued, supported and challenged…”

 

Hert’s Primary Schools’ Sport & PE Conf

We’re excited to be part of the Hertfordshire’s Primary Schools’ Sport and PE Conference. Come and join us at:

Venue: University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9EU
Date: 19th January 2016, 9am-4pm

The conference will address the topic of ‘Planning a healthy and active future for your primary school’ and will feature keynote talks, interactive workshops, a marketplace and networking opportunities.

We’ll be delivering a real PE workshop, which delegates can sign up to. As well as this, we’ll also be running a market stall, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to meet us and find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life.

We’ve donated a raffle prize of a FREE practitioner place on the real PE programme, which includes a 3-day training programme and all the resources. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win!

For more information on the conference and to book your place please visit: http://www.thegrid.org.uk

We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day!

Happy Family FUNS Christmas

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The Create Development team would like to wish you all a very happy Family FUNS Christmas.

We hope your break will include rest, lots of fun with the family and of course a good dose of physical activity too.

We would also like to wish you a very prosperous New Year.

See you in 2016!

New government strategy announced

We’re really excited to hear that the government has announced investment targeted at children as young as five as part of their new strategy. Mirroring Create’s vision, there is a real focus on getting children active younger, which we believe is key to ensuring they are given early positive experiences of physical activity.

Managing Director, Ronnie Heath said: “We believe every child wants to play, move and learn. It is in their DNA! They all have the right to develop positive early relationships with PE and Physical Activity. Let’s invest where we can make the biggest difference, in the early years with a focus on the things that are most important. Let’s support, schools, families and communities to transform the culture of physical activity, a culture with an inclusive vision of hope and possibility. We can do that if we focus on the child first, helping them develop essential behaviours, physical literacy, thinking and emotional skills. We will need to develop approaches and habits that make them feel fantastic about themselves and about physical activity, whether that is through unstructured play, PE or Sport. It is these experiences that develop a long-lasting, totally different calibration and relationship with physical activity.”

Click here to find out more:

Challenging myself to dance – panic!

Read Part 1 of Phil Wylie’s blog, reflecting on his experience in a dance class and why he chose learning to dance for his wedding as his Create Personal Challenge:

“…I had just experienced a traditional sport/PE/games lesson and I didn’t enjoy it. I knew that and could accept it and fortunately this wasn’t shaping my view of myself, dance or even PE. However, I did consider how many young people would have the mindset to overcome this experience, particularly if repeated over and over again.”

Click here to read the full post.

Challenging myself to dance – panic!

By Phil Wylie, National Lead: Family FUNS

During our company retreat in November 2014 we attended a dance class at the end of a long day of meetings. The idea was to get a bit of exercise, clear our heads and do a bit of team bonding. The dance teacher was lovely and very welcoming to the eight Creators who descended on her quiet little class!

Always keen for a challenge I was happy to have a go, knowing that dancing was something I find really difficult. I’m great moving forwards at speed (cycling and running) but changing direction, speed, levels and coordinating my hands and feet at the same time or to a beat is a major challenge! At school I found learning difficult in most subjects but I always got where I needed to be in the end with some independent thinking time away from lessons and lots of hard work. I found I needed longer than others to understand questions, problems and come up with answers whilst my classmates waded in with their own thoughts as I was still thinking. I scraped through my GCSE Maths, Science and English.

So when the dancing started I was fine with the first few steps and practicing on my own without any music. I felt I was getting it… Almost a smile on my face! Then the music came on, some movement in different directions, followed quickly by some arm movements, another step and then a change of pace. Give me a break! At regular intervals our teacher asked “Are you ready for the next bit?” At one point I actually said out loud (jokingly) “No! Definitely not!” but I knew this was more of a swim or sink class and not real PE. I was lost, still thinking about 1,2,3 left foot forwards right foot forwards and back. I tried to watch others and copy, even taking time out to think but there was too much going on.

After 30 minutes of trying to keep up and falling further behind I paused for a few moments. I genuinely thought, “What’s the point?” The lesson was happening around me as if I wasn’t there. I was bored by then and a bit frustrated mainly because of the pace of the progressions and the distractions of music and the movement of people around me. I was too far behind to catch up now and there was only a short time left. It was the first time I could remember feeling like this for a long time and a great reminder of the impact of how we introduce and develop challenges and skills. Were these the feelings and responses of someone in the early stages of panic?

Ultimately, I knew I could master the dance but I needed some quiet space, some time to practice and master some basic steps on my own and/or some smaller more manageable progressions. I wasn’t going to get that in this mass participation class so not wanting to appear as though I wasn’t trying I joined in and had a go when I could and watched others when I got lost until it was over. It was a case of getting through it.

My conclusion? I had just experienced a traditional sport/PE/games lesson and I didn’t enjoy it. I knew that and could accept it and fortunately this wasn’t shaping my view of myself, dance or even PE. However, I did consider how many young people would have the mindset to overcome this experience, particularly if repeated over and over again.

When the Create Personal Challenge was announced it didn’t take long for me to come up with my own. I was getting married in December and it’s traditional to do a first dance. Keira and I have been to several weddings over the last two years and watched a lot of awkward swaying from side-to-side when the first dance is announced for the unfortunate couple. Very little reflection was needed by me on this occasion! I find dancing challenging but fun and Keira was keen to learn a ballroom dance for our wedding. Interestingly, we were both also looking for a hobby/something we could do together in our own time.

Create Personal Challenge? Learn a dance for our wedding (short-medium term) with a view to a hobby we could continue and enjoy together (long term).

Keep your eyes peeled to find out how Phil’s challenge went in the next installment of his blog. To read more about the Create Personal Challenge and find out how Jan Parker used it as an opportunity to take on the Manchester to Blackpool bike race, click here.

Risks… from a red paper clip to a house!

Read the latest instalment on our blog, written by real gym National Lead, Sarah Moon:

I heard a story about a man in Canada who traded up to a house, starting with a red paper clip. He wasn’t happy with this and wanted a more interesting item, so he first traded it for a novelty fish pen, then to a doorknob and a camping stove. Before long he was trading roles in films, rent for a year and finally a house! And it all started with a red paper clip.

This got me thinking about my journey through sport and coaching, and the risks I’ve taken, how they accumulate to such a point that they sound ridiculous, but when they are only a small jump from the previous ‘trade’… somehow they don’t quite seem so BIG”

Click here to read the full article.

Risks… from a red paper clip to a house!

By Sarah Moon, real gym National Lead

I heard a story about a man in Canada who traded up to a house, starting with a red paper clip. He wasn’t happy with this and wanted a more interesting item, so he first traded it for a novelty fish pen, then to a doorknob and a camping stove. Before long he was trading roles in films, rent for a year and finally a house! And it all started with a red paper clip.

This got me thinking about my journey through sport and coaching, and the risks I’ve taken, how they accumulate to such a point that they sound ridiculous, but when they are only a small jump from the previous ‘trade’… somehow they don’t quite seem so BIG. For me, it began with wanting to go to gym club because my best friend went to gym. My mum (I’m not from a ‘sporty’ family at all) said “Why do you want to that?” then took a risk and said “OK”. So the first risk was taken by my parents, just by allowing me to go to gym club, spending money on the classes and of course the leotard (although mum did iron it – school boy error. I wasn’t allowed another ‘in case I didn’t stick to it’, so went to gym with an iron mark on my tummy for about 6 months!)

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The next risk, again by my mum, came when we moved to Somerset, and the ‘normal gym’ club was full, and she took me to ‘rhythmic’ instead. I cried, as I didn’t want to stay for my first session. She said “I’ve paid the £2 fee so you’re staying”. My mum, no doubt at the time, felt awful leaving me there, but she risked it, as she knew it could be the sport for me and the risk paid off. I LOVED IT!

After that the risk taking escalated, and fast. “Will she do a competition?” Yes – I got a silver!. “Will she trial for Regional Squad?” Yes – it’s in Exeter. OK, another risk. Dad drove me to Exeter, more money, more time, more commitment. But again, I succeeded and enjoyed it. And indeed, became Regional Champion for 10 years or so.

Then I met two coaches, a mother and daughter who changed the trajectory I was on. Margaret and Lisa Higgins. They asked “Will you come up to Birmingham and train with us?” Another risk – I said yes. So every Sunday morning dad and I took a trip to Birmingham. My dad did this without question, without moaning, without a guilt trip of how much it was costing us as a family emotionally and financially. He got up at 6.30am, drove me to start training at 9am, waited around for me, finished at about 1.30pm, and drove back to Somerset. We did this every week. As an adult now, I can’t believe they did this for me. A huge risk!
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It paid off again; I improved, and made it to the British Championships. I made the finals, I was happy. And now that my eyes were open to the possibilities that were there, I wanted a place in the Great Britain squad. I was always right on the edge, right on the boundary between ‘the squad girls’ and ‘the others’.
After changing gym club again, many more hours in the car, and a whole load of other adventures, tears and injuries, I reached 16 years old and gained a place in a ballet company in Bristol (I danced to help my gymnastic development), but the commitment was huge. So I had to take a decision: gym or ballet?
This one decision has probably shaped the rest of my life, but at the time I didn’t realise the potential impact. What were the risks involved? What was the choice? I chose gym! So then the risks escalated again, step-by-step speeding up along the way.

At 17/18 years old, I realised I wouldn’t make the British squad, so I would retire from competitive gymnastics. The journey was over – or not? I was already coaching and had won medals, including national titles with the little girls I had been coaching. So the next step: to coach more.

I had a chance at 19 years old to become Head Coach in Bath, another risk as I just was starting university, but I knew I could do this. So, I took the risk and went for it. There were teething problems, as with any change, but over the years the club grew stronger and the achievements got bigger and greater, until in the same year we had the British Junior Champion and the British Senior Champion! The hard work had paid off- again!

A few years, national squad gymnasts and trips with GBR to Bulgaria, France, Spain, and Germany later, the Olympics are coming to London. We have a chance for a group to take part.
Do we do it? Do we risk it all? There were no guarantees. No funding, no payments, no backing, no one could say for sure what would happen, day-to-day, let alone in 18 months’ time.
Gymnasts, families and coaches came together and after a start with group training in 2009-10 with another Coach, now in 2011 the group had to refocus. Could this really happen, an Olympic place? So the gymnasts took a risk, a year out from school, moved to Bath to live together, and trained.
But what about meOlympics? I took a massive risk as well. Moved from my hometown, to rent a tiny studio flat, left my job, and now was being paid under the minimum wage, taking huge stress, just to help these girls go to the Olympic Games.

You see the risk has accumulated and increased. But in a nutshell the risk was worth it, to coach at an Olympic Games! What an amazing experience, and it all started with a little girl who wanted to go to gym to be with her friend. Trading up has never meant more!

It just goes to show, start with a small risk, and see where the road takes you.

What if the Simpsons had Family FUNS?

Read our latest creative and innovative blog post from Create Development’s Regional Manager for the South West, Matt Lloyd:

“The world’s favourite family: the Simpsons. We can all accept that when we look at their antics in Springfield, we see many behaviours that resonate in us…The cheeky rule bending of Bart, the disapproving but loving nature of Marge, the restrained ability of Lisa and, of course, the well- meaning stupidity of Homer. But what if the Simpson family had an opportunity to take part in a Family FUNS programme at Springfield Elementary?  Would things be different?”

Click here to read the full post.

Fortius Primary PE Conference, Swindon

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

Venue: Four Pillars Conference Centre, Spine Road East, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5FP
Date: Friday 20th November 2015
Time: 9am-4pm

The conference, focused specifically on primary PE practitioners, will hear keynote speeches from Create Development’s Managing Director Ronnie Heath and real gym National Lead and Team GB Coach for rhythmic gymnastics group for the Olympic Games (London) in 2012, Sarah Moon. We’ll also be delivering workshops on real PE and real gym. We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

Take up one or more of these opportunities to meet us or visit us on our stand and find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life.

For more information on the conference and to book your place please click here.

What would the children say?

We recently asked Gaskell Primary School how their Family FUNS club was progressing and this is what teacher Paul Naylor said:

“We are seeing not only an increase in weekly exercise at home, but also greater social interaction between parents and children. The scheme provides clear direction and we are enjoying exploring our own ideas that work for our school setting and community. The great support from Create means we have the tools to monitor the impact of Family FUNS.  We already have a waiting list for the next Create Learning Community!”

But what did the children say?

Click here to view the children’s favourite Family FUNS activities along with their wonderful drawings and thoughts.

To find out how your school can help families at your school play and learn together click here.

 

Vikki Roberts’ Create personal challenge

Read the latest instalment in our series of Create personal challenge blog posts, this time from Vikki Roberts, Client Manager and Tutor:

When given the opportunity to challenge myself and embark upon something new, my brain was buzzing with possible opportunities, most of them physical and involving competition… I decided after much deliberation that growing our own fruit and vegetables would be fun, challenging and rewarding!”

Click here to read the full article.

Vikki Roberts’ Create personal challenge

At the start of 2015, the staff at Create Development were asked to consider an exciting, personal challenge and to explore what personal and professional learning they might gain from the experience. It had to be something that they really wanted to do, may have already planned to do and it had to be outside our traditional skill set or really difficult for us to achieve. We’re sharing a selection of blogs documenting some of our successful and still progressing challenges, as we watch our team redefine what’s possible for themselves.

Last time we heard from Lesley Doughty about the ways that she’s been making small adjustments to make a big difference to her life – click here to read the article if you missed it. This time, we have a post from Vikki Roberts about her challenge to grow her own fruit and vegetables!

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When given the opportunity to challenge myself and embark upon something new, my brain was buzzing with possible opportunities, most of them physical and involving competition – due to health complications at present and imminent vikki garden 2surgery, I decided after much deliberation that growing our own fruit and vegetables would be fun, challenging and rewarding!

How I am going to do it?
I have already undertaken quite a lot of research and realised that growing fruit and vegetables isn’t as easy as it may seem; with so many different varieties of this and that, which soil, fertiliser to use etc. I have booked myself onto a beginner’s day course and bought a greenhouse. I am also volunteering once a month at a friend’s market garden learning how to look after the crops and helping her with her small business.
The greenhouse is not yet up, but I have managed to grow (with the help of my two little ones’ watering expertise) some seedlings to plant out soon. We have two planters in situ and I am pestering for a third but just need to clear a space.

The reasons I chose gardening/growing:
1. To improve my family’s health. I thought that if the children had helped to grow the fruit and vegetables they maybe more vikki diary 2inclined to eat it?!
2. Family fun. Spending quality time with the children outside and educating them.
3. Saving money on grocery shopping.
4. Reducing our environmental impact.

I have also been keeping a diary complete with photographs to show my evidence!

The power of fun

Read our latest blog post from guest writer and Headteacher of Lings Primary School, the first national Create Learning School, Leigh Wolmarans:

“As a Headteacher you have this enviable ‘power’ to design, create and collaborate on building a school that plays. You obviously have to face the firing squad when this theory goes horribly wrong, or you allow power to corrupt your key principles, but I can honestly say that I have yet to hear the shots ring out! This concept of playing is at its strongest in physical activity, I avoid using the word sport and I will tell you why – Speedos!”

Click here to read the full article.

The power of fun

By Leigh Wolmarans, Headteacher of Lings Primary School, the first national Create Learning School

To sound highly intelligent I am going to quote Albert Einstein and say that ‘Play is the highest form of research’. I am then going to show my real mental capacity by saying that I have built my life based on this single principle but only found the quote last week!

As a Headteacher you have this enviable ‘power’ to design, create and collaborate on building a school that plays. You obviously have to face the firing squad when this theory goes horribly wrong, or you allow power to corrupt your key principles, but I can honestly say that I have yet to hear the shots ring out! This concept of playing is at its strongest in physical activity, I avoid using the word sport and I will tell you why – Speedos!

 

I went to school in South Africa where sport was the driving force in many of the things we did and we were constantly confronted by it. This suited me because I actually love sport and could have easily spent my whole secondary school career on a rugby pitch without a single word of complaint. It didn’t suit everyone though and only now, when I have become more reflective, do I see the pain and frustration it must have caused many. It was used effortlessly as a way of berating some; making others gods and making people feel inferior. And that is where the Speedos comes in!

We had our own school swimming pool and we swam every week in the summer. I loved swimming, I was forever in the water trying to hold my breath and diving as deep as I could. Many people that still know me will tell you I still do that and have often nearly passed out just to get further than someone else. Swimming lessons were another story though! We had to wear Speedos for our lessons and obviously for those teenagers whose bodies were like temples, this was a chance to really show off, and they did! For me this was a time to feel ridiculed and to face the teasing that comes from being a large front row player. I of course fended off the comments with humour and a shrug, as most do, but underneath I feared swimming every year. I also hated the fact that the water polo team were taken to the deep end, the swim team were taken to another space and the rest of us were taken to the shallows. Did they not know how deep I could dive and how long I could hold my breath?! I still think I should have been in the Big Blue with Jean Reno. It was immediately made apparent to me that this was no longer having fun in the water and developing skills, this was sport. I am not looking for any sympathy, I was one of the lucky ones because when we ‘did’ rugby, I was always chosen first and used to bash into and run over the ‘Speedo’ brigade. Competitive justice I think it’s called.

Play was the basis of our staff training days this year and the focus was on real PE, Family FUNS and the brilliance of Create Development. I am not on commission and I don’t need to include Create Development in this article, I mention them because they have built a whole company on the power of fun and play. Do not confuse play or fun with chaos that has no impact and benefit. When playing and having fun the intention is always to learn and to teach others. These principles drive everything this company does and is the key reason we use real PE across the curriculum.

When you place 25 members of staff in the hands of a trainer for two separate days you sometimes wonder if that same firing squad is beginning to oil their weapons and get their uniforms dry-cleaned. There are many insecurities when you engage in physical activities and the ‘Speedo’ panic is felt by many in many different contexts. These feelings and emotions flood back in and can quite literally cause people to disengage and refuse to be involved. I watched our staff walk in to the hall on our Inset day and I can honestly say I had absolutely no worries about how the two days would go. Why, because I knew that we would be playing! That’s what Liam Nicell and Tim Dancer do better then most!

And that is what we did! We played and engaged with each other on a physical and emotional level and laughed till our sides hurt. The laughter was never based on ridicule; it was based on a mutual appreciation and a commitment to providing our learners with a well-rounded curriculum that develops the whole child. We also all know that if we are ever going to ask our children to trust us then we need to come out of our comfort zones on a regular basis and to trust those around us. I must add that this is the same staff that all ballroom dance on a Thursday afternoon and have gone on to get their bronze medals. This is the same staff that have dressed up and stood on stage every year at our Lings Talent Show. They are the same staff that run at sports day, dance with the dance teacher, sing at weekly music sessions and attend the theatre on a regular basis. In short, they are staff that play. They play and laugh!

What better way to have started the year then by being involved in physical activity that has the power to change lives. Not just the lives of the children in our school but the lives of those that teach and learn there. With the power of Family FUNS we will also change the lives of those that are parents at Lings. They will also join us and we will all laugh and play together because a school that laughs and plays is successful in everything it does. Now we just need to convert that play and laughter in to some sort of data so that people will start to take notice of the power it has to change lives. Oh well, there’s the next challenge for Create Development!

What if The Simpsons had Family FUNS?

By Matt Lloyd, Regional Manager for the South West

The world’s favourite family: the Simpsons. We can all accept that when we look at their antics in Springfield, we see many behaviours that resonate in us…The cheeky rule bending of Bart, the disapproving but loving nature of Marge, the restrained ability of Lisa and, of course, the well- meaning stupidity of Homer. But what if the Simpson family had an opportunity to take part in a Family FUNS programme at Springfield Elementary?  Would things be different?

The Family FUNS Friday club at Springfield Elementary was an exciting new programme provided for local families as a positive experience in school for the whole family. The club was initially to help Maggie start First Grade, but the whole family were invited to join Family FUNS Friday led by a Teaching Assistant who had recently trained with Create Development.

The Simpson family were apprehensive at best prior to the first session; Marge had to pursuade Bart to come, and Homer had to make sure that he left the Springfield Nuclear Plant on time to make the session at the school and not go via Moe’s Bar.

The sessions were amazing and engaged the whole family; the impact after the 12 weeks was quite remarkable.

Maggie (The baby of the family) The Family FUNS programme was aimed at helping her to develop her Fundamental Movement Skills and encourage her to share and take turns, as well as improve her stickability to tasks. It seems that at home she had become rather self-centred and quite often distracted. After just eight weeks, Marge commented that she was much more coordinated and agile around the house and at play. Much less falling over and much less in need of the dummy as she could focus and concentrate without it! Quite remarkably though, one of the biggest successes for Maggie was that she was not only able to take turns more, but encouraged the others in the family when they played.

Bart – It could be argued that Bart needed Family FUNS more than anyone. He was an industrious lad when it suited him, but selfish to the end. ‘Family FUNS Friday’ helped Bart not only with his ABCs and to get that ‘trick nailed on the skateboard’ but he too became much better at helping and encouraging others around him. He loved Family FUNS as it was all about playing and taking on the role of someone else. As a real extrovert he loved being a pirate and actually helped engage the adults in being pirates too! Marge commented that she overheard Bart praise and celebrate his friends rather than calling them ‘dork us’. Most remarkably, he encouraged Rod and Todd Flanders next door to play rather than picking on them and now the Flanders are attending the Family FUNS Friday too!

Lisa – Lisa was initially excited about the Family FUNS Friday but on arrival became quite despondent, as she wanted to do her own thing in the corner- why couldn’t she just play her saxophone? However, when she realised (being quite intelligent and astute) that Family FUNS Friday was more than just playing games and that the whole family would join in and enjoy it she soon got on board. Although never really taking on the role of the pirate or Caspar the cat, she thrived on helping Maggie and some of the little ones. By the end she became a wonderful Family FUNS leader, arriving early to help set up.

Marge – Ever the home-maker, Marge always thought and considered her role to mother, protect and provide for her family. Playing games was simply a distraction to the things that needed doing around the house. Actually, in one of the early sessions she confessed that when it came to ‘play’, she never really had the confidence to play with the children and felt happiest doing things she needed to do with them – cooking etc. The Family FUNS Friday helped Marge do just that and she found it was much more fun. She was filled with confidence and loads of new ideas, games and challenges that she could play with the children and, in particular, do things that meant she could turn off the infernal TV and get the children playing beautifully with each other.

Homer – The Simpsons’ fourth child Homer was quite verbal about his dislike at being at the Family FUNS Friday instead of Moe’s after a long week snoozing in front of the computer at the plant. He complained that he was too tired to take part. However, when he realised that no one was forcing him and he could join in as and when he was ready he began to enjoy being a pirate on his own terms and, when reminded to, he was happy to celebrate successes with his family. He really came to life in Week 4 when the Family FUNS Board Game was introduced. At first he was over-competitive despite Marge’s best efforts to keep him calm and then he soon realised that the Family FUNS Board Game was not about winning, but instead was about challenging yourself. It soon became a bit of an obsession and he would take the ‘T,T,T’ challenge card to work with him and challenge his workmates!

The family have undergone some remarkable changes over the 12 weeks of Family FUNS Friday. They now enjoy playing with each other for starters. However, what is most notable is that they understand that by playing more together they are nicer to each other and life’s more fun. Even Principal has noticed the difference!

National launch of Create Learning Schools

We’re proud to announce that Lings Primary School will be the first Create Learning School! The national launch will take place on the morning of Wednesday, 4th November 2015 at the school.

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What does a Create Learning School do?

  • Enables local schools to access local support as part of a network
  • Shares best practice
  • Celebrates success and the impact of the Create Development approach and shows others how it was achieved

Northamptonshire Sport is an official Local Partner of Create Development. The two organisations work in partnership to ensure the high quality delivery of real PE and programmes across Northamptonshire.

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Together with Northamptonshire Sport, local schools have been invited to the launch to:

  • be one of the first schools to be part of a Create Learning School network and find out about the local support available
  • see real PE and other Create Development programmes in action
  • hear more about the impact the programmes have made to the children, teachers and schools from Leigh Wolmarans, Headteacher
  • meet and hear from Ronnie Heath, Managing Director at Create Development

Over 40 schools are confirmed to attend the launch to find out more about the network and the support on offer.

Did you know…
Lings Primary School have been named best for sport in the town for a third year in a row. The school has been commended by judges for using PE to “improve all areas of school life, pupil behaviour and levels of attainment.” Click here to read the full details.

The Academies Show, Birmingham

Come and visit us at The Academies Show, Birmingham on 25th November 2015!

We’ll be on Stand A62.

You’ll have the opportunity to:
> hear more about how the real PE approach is having an impact on over 650,000 pupils and why over 10,000 practitioners have already taken part in a real PE programme
> learn how Family FUNS is helping schools support families to play and learn together, improve  children’s Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) and their Personal and Social skills, increase parents’/carers’ confidence to play and interact with their children and also the amount of active family play
> see how our training and fun and simple resources support you to make your PE lessons outstanding

We’ll also be giving away Family FUNS home packs to our first visitors. Don’t miss out on this fantastic resource!

Family FUNS Home Packs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry to the show is FREE. Simply register online for your free pass to learn about the latest developments effecting the education sector. You’ll be able to view seminars, meet over 200 potential suppliers and network with your peers. Click here to view more details.

 

 

 

 

Surrey Primary Schools Sport Conference

We’re excited to be part of the Surrey Primary Schools Sport Conference. Come and join us on Thursday, 5th November 2015 at:

Surrey Sports Park (with sessions being held in Arena C)
University of Surrey,
Richard Meyjes Road,
Guildford,
Surrey GU2 7AD 

Presented by Active Surrey, the conference brings together the key stakeholders and individuals that deliver the sporting provision in Surrey, aiming to increase awareness for the challenges and opportunities in their roles.

Create will be delivering three workshops over the course of the day:

  • Delivering Outstanding PE (KS1)
  • Delivering Outstanding PE (KS2)
  • Family Early Intervention Programme (KS1 and KS2)

You can also visit us at the market place and find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life.

For more information on the conference and to book your place please view more details on the flyer here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lesley Doughty’s personal challenge

Read the latest post on our blog, the most recent in our series documenting the staff of Create Development’s progress in their personal challenges. This time, Lesley Doughty, Client Manager and Lead Tutor, tells us how making a few simple life changes made a big difference to her mental and physical wellbeing:

“After a bit of self-reflection and comments from my children and friends about not cutting off from work, I decided to take steps to re-address this issue…Once I was in the habit of following the rules, they became easier to stick to. I found explaining this to other people the biggest challenge, but in fact most people have called it a great idea and totally accepted it.”

Click here to read the full post.

Lesley Doughty’s personal challenge

At the start of 2015, the staff at Create Development were asked to consider an exciting, personal challenge and to explore what personal and professional learning they might gain from the experience. It had to be something that they really wanted to do, may have already planned to do and it had to be outside our traditional skill set or really difficult for us to achieve. We’re sharing a selection of blogs documenting some of our successful and still progressing challenges, as we watch our team redefine what’s possible for themselves.

So far, we’ve already heard from Jan Parker about her incredible challenge to complete the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride – if you missed it, click here to read Part 1 of her blog. This week, we’ll be checking in with Lesley Doughty, Client Manager and Lead Tutor, as she challenges herself to improve both her mental and physical wellbeing through a few simple lifestyle changes.

Lesley’s blog
Overall, my personal challenge was to lead a more healthy life both mentally and physically, and I set about doing it two-fold:

Part One
After a bit of self-reflection and comments from my children and friends about not cutting off from work, I decided to take the following steps to re-address this issue:
1. As soon as I set foot in my house after a day’s work (or, if I’m working from home, when the children get home from school), I do not make or answer work calls or look/send/reply to emails.
2. If I have business that needs attending to that I can’t manage throughout a normal working day, I instead get up an hour earlier the following morning to manage (before the children wake up).
3. I do not send or receive calls or emails during weekends or holidays.

Lesley Doughty Blog 1The one thing I still found myself doing was upon waking up in the morning, I’d check my emails on my phone straight away. After discovering that Pam (Create’s Director of Delivery) did exactly the same we made a pact to stop doing it, which I’ve stuck to. Luckily, this came just before the summer, so initially this hasn’t been too difficult to adjust to!

There have been, of course, occasions when I have been unable to stick to the above but in general, I’ve been successful. Once I was in the habit of following the rules, they became easier to stick to. I found explaining this to other people the biggest challenge, but in fact most people have called it a great idea and totally accepted it.

The end result? I feel more refreshed each morning and as I’m spending proper time with the kids, they are happier and I feel less guilty!

Part Two
Over the last 6 years due to personal issues, I’ve gradually put on weight and become less active. I knew (and still know) that this is something I must address, as not only is it contributing to health issues, but also a decline in my self-esteem.

The intention was to calorie count and start going to the gym or a class and I applied to run the Great Northern Run. Along the way, I’ve encountered obstacles of stress, childcare, injury and work.

However, these have become an excuse rather than obstacles to overcome and at points, I’ve failed. I’ve had bouts of being ‘good’ but have always lapsed.

So, what is it that goes through my head? I’m tired, I haven’t enough time, wine is the only way I can relax (followed by snacking of course!), I’ve got nobody to look after the kids and so on. I know these are just excuses and actually mentally I feel sooooo much better when I get out running, cycling, going to bootcamp, sticking to my daily calories.Lesley Doughty Blog 3

What’s stopping me then? I think most of it is that it seems such a big mountain to climb and basically I want it now!

So how am I managing it? Well, I’ve now found a bootcamp in my village that runs three times a week and takes place in the park. Ben joins in the bootcamp while Hannah plays on the playpark with a friend – childcare sorted! As I’ve paid up front and we have a group messenger account, I find I make myself go so as not to appear lazy and to make sure I’m not wasting money – tiredness sorted! As I’m sticking to the ‘no work on evenings’ rule, work is also sorted!

I feel, therefore, that over the last three weeks I’ve got the exercise back in check.

The calories counting I’m still finding a challenge. I like cooking (normally with a glass a wine in my hand), my children are very active so need a high calorific diet and as my last year’s challenge was to improve my social life, I’m now going out a lot more which normally involves food and/or alcohol!

I’m now starting to keep a food diary and am intending to look at the calorie challenge one day at a time, saving up calories when I know I have a night out coming up.

The main lessons that I’d take away so far from my challenge would be:
1. Trust in others to support me
2. Break things down into smaller steps feels more achievable
3. Change excuses into obstacles to overcome and look for manageable solutions
4. Success feels good!
5. Change takes time

 

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Family FUNS hits Exeter!

We had a great day joining Active Devon for the launch of Active Exeter in Cowick Barton Park, Exeter at their family cycling day today. The day welcomed families in the local area who joined in activities to launch the scheme. Active Exeter has been granted money to roll out Family FUNS to 18 schools and Children’s Centres amongst other projects across the city over the next three years. The Mayor of Exeter, local councilors and various other dignitaries were present at the official handover of the cheque from Sport England.

Families at the park were able to participate in Family FUNS activities to help them enjoy playing and learning together. They also took away one of the new, fantastic First FUNS stories called ‘The birthday bike surprise’. The lucky winners of the Family FUNS home packs will be presented with their prizes in a school assembly after half term.

A great, active day was had by all! Thanks for having us Active Devon. We’re very excited to be working with you and schools and families in Exeter.

County Primary PE Conference, Cornwall

We’re excited to be part of the Cornwall Country Primary PE Conference. Come and join us tomorrow at:

Venue: Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG
Date: Wednesday 21st October 2015

Visit our stand to find out how we are creating positive relationships with physical activity for life.

We will be giving away 20 amazing Family FUNS home packs to our first visitors that wish to find out more about Family FUNS. The home pack includes a Family FUNS board game, Interactive Disc, 12 Story Books, 36 Mini Challenge Cards, balls, cones and balloons to help families get active together.

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. Family FUNS will launch in Cornwall on Thursday, 19th November 2015 and schools will be able to sign up at our stand or simply find out more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Loving PE – What’s the price?

Read the latest blog post from Create Development’s Director of Delivery, Pam Stevenson:

Loving PE – What’s the price?

“Chatting with my sister over a beer one day it dawned on me: What if all the school PE I had loved and triumphed in came at a price? Robbing other people of the chance to love physical activity and sport. Systematically stripping away children’s love of moving and being active. Pretty much 100% of nursery aged children love running around and being active which isn’t the case in a Year 9 PE class. What happens in between? Can we create more children that, like dogs, are simply desperate to be given opportunities to run flat out and explore their environments actively?”

Click here to read the full article on our blog.

Loving PE – What’s the price?

By Pam Stevenson, Director of Delivery at Create Development

This three(ish) part blog is a little self-indulgent exploration of how my personal experiences have contributed to my thoughts, beliefs, passions and philosophy about PE and school sport.

Part 1: Loving PE – What’s the price?
Sport and physical activity has always been a huge part of my life. I can’t imagine a week or even a day without something physical figuring in it and that’s how it’s always been. I was born into a classical “sporty” family. Both my parents represented Ireland. My dad was a cricketer and my mum, got lucky and played squash. (There were only two women’s squash clubs in Ireland at the time.)

At primary school my mum drove the netball team to all their matches in the back of a van without completing a risk assessment form. In fact without seatbelts or even seats. Then at the rather stuffy grammar school I attended, sport was the only thing that kept me sane, although I continually lived under the common threat of, “No hockey unless you behave better, dress neater, giggle less and concentrate more”. I have vivid, living, breathing memories of feeling hot and sweaty in just about every class and I still get a thrill in remembering a banana swerve goal that won us a school hockey final. But my clearest grammar school memory, is also one my weirdest memories. We turned up to play Skipton at hockey, on a Saturday morning and we were 10-0 up at half time partly because they didn’t have a goalkeeper. So what do you think happened?

A – We gave them a goalie?
B – We took off our best players?
C – My mum got padded up and went in goal?

Yes, much to my complete mortification but not really surprising it was C. We didn’t score at all in the second half mainly due to us all falling around and howling when we neared the goal!

On our three-day real PE programme, time and time again teachers offer up three words to describe their PE experience that demonstrate the polarization of people’s experience of PE:

Humiliating v Exhilarating
Cold v Fantastic
Embarrassing v Exciting

So, my three words to describe my school PE and Sport experience were: exhilarating, all-consuming and life-saving.

This was different for all my other siblings for different reasons. My sisters weren’t perceived as being ‘sporty’ so fell through the cracks and my brother, quite small for his age didn’t have the luxury of playing Kwik Cricket and so for a good few years struggled with the size and weight of a cricket bat, his confidence and self-esteem. So within our household we represented a little cameo of primary PE. If you’re good at PE it only gets better and better and if you’re not – tough! Time and time again real access, for the majority of children, to a PE curriculum simply wasn’t simple. Neither was it sensible or effective, and was light years away from inspiring.

The generalist primary teachers who do know children and learning have, for too long, felt bound to follow the ‘experts’ and delivered a sport-focused/teacher led PE curriculum. Without the appropriate support, clarity of messages or a clear alphabet of physical skills. This has often resulted in a wedge being further driven between the ‘haves’ (children with good Fundamental Movement Skills, confidence and opportunity) and the ‘have nots’.

Going to PE college just reinforced more of the same. Sport too early, too much theory and not enough fun and magic. So much so, I opted to do a dance degree in Year 2, having never really “danced”. (I had been thrown out of ballet aged eight when really it should have been Susan Kirk.)

This was my escape from skill acquisition and the archaic delivery of hockey and netball. I left PE college and got my first teaching job in the mid 1980s and suddenly I was asked to teach “Games for Understanding” and this is where my thinking began to change. The physically confident children had to contribute and challenge themselves more than just physically and the less physically confident children designed their own games allowing them to paint and star in their own PE canvas. I was also challenged as I began to question all my previous thoughts and beliefs about PE.

“Games for Understanding” was the first step on a very long journey towards real PE, arriving in my early 50s…Chatting with my sister over a beer one day it dawned on me: What if all the school PE I had loved and triumphed in came at a price? Robbing other people of the chance to love physical activity and sport. Systematically stripping away children’s love of moving and being active. Pretty much 100% of nursery aged children love running around and being active which isn’t the case in a Year 9 PE class. What happens in between? Can we create more children that, like dogs, are simply desperate to be given opportunities to run flat out and explore their environments actively?

At school the second the bell went, all I could think of was playing something and for me that something was luckily the only item on the menu – sport. Let’s expand the menu, equip those best to prepare and serve. Isn’t there too much at stake not to?

Jan’s Challenge – Part 2!

Last time we heard from Jan Parker, she aimed to complete the amazing task of the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride in aid of the M.E Association. She had started the training process (if you missed out, you can click here to catch up!). Now, in Part 2, we’ll be finding out how she got on in completing this incredible Create Personal Challenge and what she learned along the way.

Written by Jan Parker, Create Development Client Manager and Tutor.

Event numbersMay/June

I’ve entered the Manchester to Blackpool ride on 12th July – starting at Old Trafford. Whoop! Whoop!

I’ve also set up a Just Giving page – and people are actually donating.  People are so generous! Even had a donation from someone I don’t even know through an M.E Facebook page.

I’m getting more of a training programme in place. I’m trying to go for a longer ride at the weekend and a shorter one during the week, although I’m finding it very difficult with work and other commitments. I took the bikes to Dorset for a week and enjoyed some new scenery. I’m proud to say that we have never repeated a longer ride (we are lucky enough to live near Tatton Park so a short route from our house, through the park and back again is approximately 13km, so it’s good for an after work ride).

Getting nervous now that we are getting nearer to the date of the ride (12th July), and I’m definitely a fair weather rider; what if it is chucking it down on the day??!

We’ve had some memorable rides over this time but two stand out in my mind: the first one is the longest one we did in training (44 miles) which was a really lovely day riding mostly along little country lanes around home that we didn’t even know existed. The last part was tough though – tired legs, the A50 with cars and lorries whizzing past and a head wind but felt a real sense of achievement. The second ride was a real tough one. We had not been able to manage a weekend ride so had to fit it in after work after a particularly heavy period of delivery. Roger was home before me and Rest stop on route from Manchester to Blackpool at Charnock Richardsorted out the route so we set off and everything was going fine. We came to a part where there is a new road with a cycle path down the side and I thought this was going to be great – not too far to go home and a nice surface to ride on. But did we go down it? Oh no, the husband had decided that we needed some “hills practice” so we tackled the locally notorious “Wizard” at Alderley Edge. Every time I thought it might be levelling out, we would turn a corner and there would be another steep climb. This was the toughest yet and I was close to never wanting to see a bike again! This ride was very close to D-Day and I knew that, mentally, I needed to do another ride which was enjoyable before the day otherwise I would be fighting demons all the way.

July

This is it! The day has arrived. Have to say I am really nervous, worried that I won’t be able to complete, that I haven’t done enough training…

still riding post challenge - across the causeway to Holy Island (lindesfarne)However, it was BRILLIANT! It was a little drizzly at the start and cool – perfect weather. Our family came out to support us on the way and the wonderful Phill O’Brien brought us and our bikes back home at the end. I managed all the hills (!), loved the camaraderie amongst the riders, the encouragement from bystanders and the feeling that we were doing something that was worthwhile and purposeful.

What I have learned so far:

> Cyclists don’t wear knickers under their padded shorts!

> Although I am a determined character, I know I would have struggled to do this on my own. My lovely hubby has encouraged, sweated with me and sorted out all our routes – what a hero!

> Anything that requires endurance and stamina is as much about a mental state of mind as it is about the physical

> An endurance activity can also be fun!

August

Just had an email to say that as we have raised over £700, that puts us in the top 5% of Just giving donations!

What’s next?

  • I’m still researching about M.E and finding out more – there is so much to find out
  • I’m currently creating a scrapbook to document my experiences

Blackpool - the finish!

Pirates in Shirley Warren!

See how the very first Family FUNS session at Shirley Warren went by viewing their blog.  The blog includes great photos of the nursery and primary school playing a game of pirates and working alongside each other.

Click here to view.

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

A unique perspective

Read our latest blog from Director of real PE, Tim Dancer:

real PE – a unique perspective
“For my blog, I wanted to offer a unique perspective on a teacher establishing real PE in their school. The twist…the teacher in question is my wife! I make no guarantees that I will still have a wife come the third instalment. It appears that whilst I score pretty well with teachers who attend one of my real PE Create Learning Communities, when it comes to my most dearest, I have many failings – apparently…”

Click here to view the full article on our blog.

real PE – a unique perspective!

Written by Tim Dancer, Director of real PE at Create Development

Welcome to the first of three instalments of ‘real PE – a unique perspective’. With over 10,000 practitioners trained (at the time of writing), real PE continues to gain momentum as a solution to support practitioners to give children the best early experiences of physical activity and PE and as Director of real PE, I am both proud and humbled by the impact and anecdotes I see and hear on a daily basis. However, for my blog, I wanted to offer a unique perspective on a teacher establishing real PE in their school. The twist…the teacher in question is my wife! I make no guarantees that I will still have a wife come the third instalment. It appears that whilst I score pretty well with teachers who attend one of my real PE Create Learning Communities, when it comes to my most dearest, I have many failings – apparently. To help visualise the odd couple see the photo below.

Tim and Sonia

 

After a year of supply teaching, my wife was offered a 0.7 contract to teach Foundation and Key Stage 1 PE whilst also covering the Key Stage 2 NQT’s Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) in a local school. She was delighted! In her mind, she got the perfect job – teaching the best subject in a school that has given her free reign to develop a new, positive and inclusive culture in PE – creating fabulous core memories (see Ronnie Heath blog by clicking here). Thank goodness she came to me for some help (it would have been very embarrassing if not).

This blog will serve up her journey through establishing, embedding and celebrating real PE with the pupils and staff.

Step 1: Establishing real PE – the children and resources

Before she even attended Day 1 of a real PE programme, she took full advantage of me and requested I spend an afternoon over the park with her showing her how some of the resources for real PE fit together. We looked odd. Me, 6ft 4” and looking like a pirate, our two children (the eldest laughing a lot, the youngest eating grass and sporadically chasing dogs) and her, all playing a variety of games, singing songs and running about with the colourful First FUNS cards and storybooks in our hands. We got looks. With an evening recap to ensure she understood the key elements, she took the first step, like many teachers who take real PE back to their school, by getting her teeth into the resources with her children.

Now, she was a bit nervous, her first day covered year Reception, Year 1, 3 and 6…a busy day! I did receive a call in the car on the way to work: “Is it OK if I play throw tennis indoors?” followed by “What’s the password for the interactive stories again?” I must have answered these well as we did not end the call with an argument. She came home smiling. Four weeks into the new term and things are still going well. The children are engaged and included in every aspect of the lesson, progress is already clear (those FUNS student cards really are genius!) and activity levels are high.

However, after a particularly wet day she came home looking frustrated. “The Year 1s and 3s just didn’t click today. They enjoyed the games and FUNS challenges but struggled sharing the equipment and the Year 1s just couldn’t follow instructions.”

Time for us to explore Multi-Abilities!

Keep you eye open for Tim’s next blog instalment.

10,000 real PE practitioners!

Create Development is proud to celebrate the 10,000th practitioner to take part in a real PE programme.

That’s a positive impact on over 650,000 pupils in over 3,000 schools.

The real PE programme is a unique, holistic and market leading approach to teaching and learning in PE. It provides fun and simple Schemes of Work and support for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 practitioners that give them the confidence and skills to deliver outstanding PE. Fully aligned to the new National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements, real PE focuses on the development of agility, balance, coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning.

Create Development works closely with local partners across the country to establish sustainable communities of learning to raise the quality of PE and to fully embed programmes within schools.

Rob Crocker, from the New Forest School Sport Partnership said: “We support 56 primary schools in the New Forest in Hampshire and the real PE programme has reinvigorated local primary school teachers’ love of PE. Teachers now feel they have the confidence to deliver fun and engaging PE lessons. We feel that developing the skills and expertise of PE within New Forest schools will ensure a lasting legacy of consistently good teaching of PE in our area.”

Jenny Howse, Phase Leader and Year 1 and 2 Teacher from Hythe Primary School was the lucky 10,000th practitioner in the Create Learning Community in Brockenurst today. Jenny received a free place on her next Continued Professional Development journey with Create Development, along with a box of goodies including a trophy, Family FUNS home pack, polo shirt, pens and notebooks.

Jenny Howse 10000 practitioner

Ronnie Heath, Managing Director of Create Development said “Our vision is to create positive relationships with physical activity for life for all children. We support teachers, who understand and know their pupils better than anyone, to deliver outstanding PE lessons and create fabulous core memories of physical activities and experiences. By focusing on the child first we help them develop essential behaviours, physical literacy, thinking and emotional skills.”

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Sheffield PE & School Sport Conference

Come and visit us at the Sheffield PE and School Sport Conference and Partnership Development Day. 

Venue: Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield S6 1FW

Date: 29th September 2015, (8.45am – 3.30pm)

You’ll have the opportunity to meet us on our stand at the market place and find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Super Passport PE & School Sport Mini Conf

Join us at the Super Passport PE & School Sport Mini Conference. 

Venue: Winter Gardens Theatre, Margate, Kent CT9 1HX

Date: 6th October 2015, (12.00 – 4.00pm)

The conference will focus on ‘Making a Difference with the PE and Sport Premium Funding’.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet us on our stand at the market place and find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life:

For more information on the conference and to book your place please email sorganiser@ursuline.kent.sch.uk

real PE comes to Devon

We’re excited to announce that real PE has come to Devon! Seventeen PE Coordinators from 13 schools across the county met in Exeter last week to begin their real PE journey with Create’s Matt Lloyd. A huge thanks to our fantastic host and Local Partner Steve Pritchard at Exeter University Cricket Centre for helping to make the day a great success.

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The day was fun, energetic and informative and all those that attended loved the real PE approach and thought the content was excellent. See below for comments from the PE Coordinators:

“I loved the easy assessment process, moving the focus from the teacher to the child.”

“A refreshing insight into how we can help ALL children to succeed at PE and make a real difference in their lives.”

“The course fulfilled my expectation of an approach that moves away from tradition.”

“It challenged what the focus of PE should be – giving children learning narrative.”

“A thought provoking and refreshing take on the future of PE.”

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We at Create are delighted that real PE is coming to Devon and how it was received by those who attended the course.

London Sport Primary PE & School Sport Conference

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

Venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground, Nursery Pavilion and Thomas Lord Suite
Date: 25th November 2015 (9.00am – 4.00pm)
Audience: Anyone responsible for PE at primary school level including: Headteachers, Deputy Heads and PE Coordinators, as well as SGOs, London Sport Local Funded Partners and Local Authority officers.

The conference title is ‘Active and Healthy Primary Schools – Making it Easier’ and will feature keynote talks, workshops, market stalls and networking opportunities.

Create will be delivering a workshop titled, ‘Working with Parents and Carers to get Children Active and Healthy’, throughout the day.

In addition, you can visit us on our stand in the market place, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to meet us and find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life.

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 at the conference and on our workshop please click here.

 

Northants PE & Sport Conf – 19/10/15

We’re excited to be part of the Northamptonshire PE and Sport Conference.

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Come and join us at:

Venue: Towcester Racecourse, London Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6LB
Date: 19th October 2015

The conference will examine how great PE, School Sport & Health can support children’s learning and attainment as well as their health and well-being.

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

> Join one of our workshops:
Delivering the Create Development Family FUNS programme (practical workshop)
This practical workshop shows how Family FUNS helps families play and learn together. This unique early intervention programme brings schools and families together, ensuring consistent messages and promoting positive parenting habits to develop essential learning behaviours.

Delivering the Create Development real gym programme (practical workshop)
Find out how this innovative, vibrant and inclusive programme supports teachers to become competent and confident to deliver gymnastic activities and create rounded learners.

> Visit us at our market stall!

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 please click here or email conference@northamptonshiresport.org

N.B. The earlybird discount ends on 28th September 2015 for Northamptonshire Schools!

 

Creating fabulous core memories

Read Create’s Managing Director, Ronnie Heath’s latest thought-provoking blog:

Creating fabulous core memories
How refreshingly simple; create fabulous core memories of physical activities, encourage rich ‘thought bubbles’ and build a vast and exciting island of positive physical activity experiences…

Click here to view the full article on our blog.

Creating fabulous core memories

Written by Ronnie Heath, Managing Director of Create Development

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How refreshingly simple; create fabulous core memories of physical activities, encourage rich ‘thought bubbles’ and build a vast and exciting island of positive physical activity experiences. Disney’s ‘Inside Out’ was of course delightfully cheesy but it highlights the root of the challenge we face when creating a positive relationship with physical activity for life.

So many 7 year olds already describe themselves as ‘non-sporty’, a term which means just not suited to or just doesn’t enjoy PE or Sport. We culturally allow them to accept the fixed mind-set that it’s nobody’s fault, she is just born that way. At 4 years old she loves physical activity, but by 11 Jasmine has established a firm set of values of beliefs and she has already decided that this is not where she belongs. Her secondary school experience is likely to confirm her hypothesis every day; that by not engaging she can reduce the pain and humiliation.

“At 4 years old she loves physical activity, by 11 Jasmine has already decided that this is not where she belongs.”

‘This Girl Can’ is a great campaign for adult women, but how about a real PE programme that makes every young girl and boy believe they can and always will?

Too often, those who describe themselves as ‘thought leaders’, whilst well meaning, provide only an academic framework that fails to engage with the very audience they would like to lead. For generations, it is the 30% who ‘get PE & sport’ who repeatedly fail the 70%. We want people to join the real PE movement that ‘gets’ and understands the majority rather than try and force them to try and ‘get’ our version of physical education. We don’t give them a reason to follow.

“How about a real PE programme that makes every young girl and boy believe they can and always will?” 

Of course we should stretch and support the most able. Of course we should provide opportunity for challenge at all levels but that has to start with empathy and understanding of all children. The amazing thing is, once your focus switches from teaching PE to developing Jasmine, it really does get much easier.

Some things are simply much more important than others. We have spoken at length, quite rightly, that early progress in the A, B, Cs of agility, balance and coordination provide an essential platform for future success. However, it is self-determination theory (Ryan & Deci , 2000) that provides the radical common sense. It suggests that autonomy and belonging need to be added to that competence to provide an alternative essential A, B, C base for our core memories. Our responsibility is to provide the learning nutrition that shifts ownership and control, create an environment that gives them a real sense of belonging and a framework of progressive personalised challenges that they can explore and adapt.

“The amazing thing is, once your focus switches from teaching PE to developing Jasmine it really does get much easier.”

Let’s invest where we can make the biggest difference, in the early years with a focus on the things that are most important. Let’s support, schools, families and communities to transform the culture of physical activity, a culture with an inclusive vision of hope and possibility. We can do that if we focus on the child first, helping them develop essential behaviours, physical literacy, thinking and emotional skills. We will need to develop approaches and habits that make them feel fantastic about themselves and about physical activity, whether that is through unstructured play, PE or Sport.

We can as Gove suggests make them run around the field as a method of discipline, associating exercise with punishment, or we can strive to create core memories of healing not humiliation, joyfulness of playing with others, and a deep pleasure of immersing themselves in an exciting struggle personalised and chosen by them. It is these experiences that develop a long-lasting, totally different calibration and relationship with physical activity.

“It is these experiences that develop a long-lasting, totally different calibration and relationship with physical activity.”

It’s easy to assume it can only be specialist PE teachers or coaches that that can deliver our vision. Have specialists in secondary schools, my own colleagues and I, succeeded? Generalist primary teachers understand learning and know their children better than anyone. Primary teachers already possess the majority of the key skills required and demonstrate them in other subjects. Parents, given support, are motivated to give their children the best opportunities and chances. The time has come to extend our delivery communities, very deliberately, to involve some that have had the poorest experiences. Let’s embrace their empathy, for surely they are more qualified than most to truly understand the ones we most need to reach out to.

“Generalist primary teachers understand learning and know their children better than anyone.”

It’s happening now, it’s real, not consistently and not everywhere, but hundreds of thousands of children are building a rich and diverse physical activity island. It’s ridiculously simple, free from the distractions and agenda of specific sports.

The thing that drives us all at Create and the thousands joining the movement is that we believe one day real PE, will be just seen as the normal PE. We can strive for a day when children take it for granted that whether at school, home or in their communities, wherever physical activity takes place, they will feel they belong.

real PE spreads throughout Yorkshire

Yorkshire has been bitten by the real PE bug and it’s spreading across the county. Subject leaders who have attended the three-day training programme have returned to their schools with the enthusiasm and confidence to consistently teach outstanding PE lessons. The real PE approach is holistic and the long-term sustainable programme which includes fun and simple Schemes of Work and an online portal provides ongoing support to teachers.

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Click here to view more details.

If you’re based in the Yorkshire area and are attending the Annual Active Schools Leeds Conference, come and visit us on Friday 25th September in the market place to find out more or contact us at info@createdevelopment.co.uk

Raising our own bar

At the start of 2015, the staff at Create Development were asked to consider an exciting, personal challenge and to explore what personal and professional learning they might gain from the experience. It had to be something that they really wanted to do, may have already planned to do and it had to be outside our traditional skill set or really difficult for us to achieve. Staff journeys were then documented in a blog.

The team set out on their challenges, some physical, some practical, some personal, in the hope that we could all experience the same progressive challenges as the amazing teachers we deliver to, increasing our empathy and improving our own practice. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing a selection of blogs documenting some of our successful and still progressing challenges, as we watch our team redefine what’s possible for themselves!

This week, we’ll be checking in with Jan Parker, who set herself the amazing task of completing the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride in aid of the M.E. Association. Click here to view Part 1 of her fantastic adventure!

Create’s Personal Challenges

At the start of 2015, the staff at Create Development were asked to consider an exciting, personal challenge and to explore what personal and professional learning they might gain from the experience. It had to be something that they really wanted to do, may have already planned to do and it had to be outside our traditional skill set or really difficult for us to achieve. Staff journeys were then documented in a blog.

The team set out on their challenges, some physical, some practical, some personal, in the hope that we could all experience the same progressive challenges as the amazing teachers we deliver to, increasing our empathy and improving our own practice. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing a selection of blogs documenting some of our successful and still progressing challenges, as we watch our team redefine what’s possible for themselves!

This week, we’ll be checking in with Jan Parker, who set herself the amazing task of completing the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride in aid of the M.E. Association. Here’s Part 1 of her fantastic adventure!

Jan’s Blog – Part 1
First of all, I have to say that when the email came through, my initial thoughts were, “Oh no, something else I have to and fit in when all I want is to sleep for a week!” However, that soon changed when I opened the attachment and read the task – genius! What a great task – pick anything I want to do and chart my learning journey. So, the first problem to think about was what I was going to do. There were lots of things I considered: something along the sewing/craft line, learning to play the piano better than I can now (so that people may just want to listen to me playing rather than cover their ears!), and I love food, so maybe something around cooking?

In the end, though, I wanted something that would provide a challenge in more than one area but also something I would enjoy doing and would be able to fit into my lifestyle. I enjoy pootling around on my bike, usually on holiday, so I thought what about making that more of a challenge and aiming for a long distance ride? And, whilst I was about it, what about also raising some money for charity? Roger (my husband) was totally supportive (and actually I think slightly jealous that he didn’t get such CPD opportunities from his school!), so being the kind of guy he is, agreed to join me in this challenge.

The Physical Challenge
To train on my bike and aim to complete the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride on 12th July 2015.

The Personal Challenge
I haven’t really trained hard for anything probably since my lacrosse playing days so discipline is going to be a challenge. Four years ago, I spent several months on crutches after arthroscopies on both knees. My original consultant told me that I would not be able to run, jump, hop or basically do anything much physically – needless to say, I soon ditched him! It has been, and continues to be at times, a hard journey. I have learnt to manage my knees and limit my activity – but I always want to do more. One of the reasons I picked cycling is because it is minimal impact and actually helps my knees. I also know that I can be very determined when I have a goal in sight.

When I was on the long rehab road, one of my long term goals was to climb to the top of Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran (2888m). Having been there for two years on the trot both times either on crutches or able to only walk short distances, this was a real incentive. The weather nearly scuppered my plans – 10 foot of snow fell the week before we arrived! – but I want to have that feeling of achievement again.
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The Social Challenge

SisterThis is my lovely sister in law, Isabel. Isabel has suffered for over 30 years now with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalopathy). Despite the way in which this illness has wreaked havoc on her life, she has become light and sound sensitive which means that she has to sit in sunglasses even on a dull day, she can only drive short distances and that only on a good day. If she has an evening out she has to completely rest for the preceding three days and the following three days she remains positive and one of the most beautiful people I have the privilege of knowing. So, my challenge will include raiding funds for the M.E Association and also researching about the illness so that I can have a greater understanding of Isabel and others like her.

The Cognitive Challenge
My cognitive focus is going to be around finding out more about M.E but also about long distance biking. I will also need to learn how to maintain my bike and what sort of bike is best for longer distances.

January/February
Most of this time was spent finding out about the long distance bike rides available. I learned that the type of ride I am going to do is called a “sportive” ie: they are not timed so they are not a race (phew!) and many of them are charity rides. I settled on the Manchester to Blackpool because:
• I don’t have to travel far to get to the start
• It seems like a distance that will challenge – particularly the hilly part through Wigan and Preston – but should (!) be achievable.

I also realised that something like this would be really difficult on my hybrid bike which is lovely and comfortable but heavy and hard going over long distances. I researched on my own but also spoke to lots of people in the know (including our own Phil Wylie) and eventually settled on a Tourer Bike – light like a road bike but a bit more stable and able to take panniers. Both Roger and I felt this was important as we wanted this to be long term and something that we continue to pursue beyond the Create challenge.

I also started to research the use of stains for people with M.E as Isabel really suffers with taking these; she finds it hard to read more than a couple of sentences at a time now because it all “wobbles” due to her M.E. This made very interesting reading and was something practical I could do for her.

March
March was a key month in that we purchased our new bikes (eek!). I also attended a bike maintenance workshop (fortuitously put on by another team in my workplace for members of the public). In theory, I can now mend a puncture. It also introduced me to the wonderful Leham who not only ran the workshop but gave us great advice and ended up building our bikes for us.

First time out on the bike and first impressions: it was not as stable as my hybrid and I felt pretty vulnerable. It took me time to get used to the different gears and I am sure I live in pothole heaven! This took me a bit by surprise as I wasn’t expecting this. Oh, and I need to get some gel shorts!
Work (Livewire) have also purchased “staff bikes” to enable us to get round the town for meetings etc which I have been able to make use of.

April
We had a week on the Isle of Arran and took the hybrids as we knew we might do a bit of track riding. Not really training as such: lots of stops and coffee shops along the way but got to see some magnificent views.

Since returning, I have managed to get out twice a week – sometimes just a training ride around Tatton Park (13km) but, at other times, a longer distance.

I have also had some frustrations to deal with as my problem knee has made itself felt – it’s often hard to know what the exBikes 1act cause is but I have had to rest for the last week or so which I never find easy.

Interestingly, the cycling has prompted me to think more about my general health and fitness. This has coincided with Livewire offering free gym membership to all employees – I had been going twice a week for 3 months – now this has kickstarted me into using the gym on a regular basis. I was using it before but not regularly enough. I also decided that it would be good to lose some weight which I have allowed to creep on so, two weeks in to keeping a food and exercise diary, I have lost 5lbs.

I am also enjoying exploring more of the countryside around where I live. There is so much and it is particularly nice at this time of year.

Road 1Next steps:

  • Actually enter the ride and start to raise some funds.
  • Get a proper training programme sorted
  • Contact the M.E. Association for information but also spend some time on their website.

Watch this space to read Part 2 of Jan’s Blog and find out if she completed her challenging cycle ride.

Week 1: Over 50 schools in 4 days

Welcome back everyone!

We’re re-energised after the summer break and have delivered real PE to over 50 fantastic schools in the first week of the new academic year. We’ve also got to meet and work with so many amazing and inspiring teachers.

This will make a positive impact on thousands of children and has given teachers the confidence, resources and ongoing support to deliver outstanding PE lessons.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the feedback from the Whole School Inset Days in the South West:

“We had an extremely successful day with Matt (Lloyd) on Friday. It was wonderful to see the transformation from a group of slightly worried teachers, who really weren’t all looking forward to the day, to a fully engaged group who seemed to enjoy every bit of the fast-paced training.  This transformation took place very quickly! I feel certain that this professional development will have benefits across the curriculum and not just for PE. Much of the good learning encouragement considered, would apply equally well in other subjects. The day also provided a valuable team-building experience for our teachers, as it was great fun. There was lots of laughter. I was also impressed with the efficiency of the delivery. We packed a lot in and no time was wasted. Undoubtedly, an outstanding piece of staff development, which will make a significant difference to the PE curriculum in our school. I wouldn’t hesitate, to recommend it to other schools.”
Andrew Teale, Headteacher and National Leader of Education
St Paul’s Church of England Primary School (a National Support School)

“I email to express a collective thanks for such an inspiring real PE training day on Tuesday. The quality of your delivery was outstanding, the pace perfect and your energy palpable.  We are truly delighted with the resources and the many ideas you shared and look forward to familiarising ourselves with these, learning as we go. The feedback forms are testimony to how much everybody got from the day – a combination of your unique delivery style and the quality of the resources.”
Sue Heal, Headteacher

Hayesdown First School, Frome

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Active Dorset PE and School Sports Conf – 25th September

We’re excited to be part of the Active Dorset PE and School Sports Conference. Come and join us at:

Venue: Queen Elizabeth School, Blandford Road, Wimborne Minster, East Dorset, BH21 4DT
Date: Friday, 25th September 2015 (9am-4pm)

The conference theme is:

Attainment, Health and Well-being through Physical Education

Create will be delivering a workshop on ‘Family Physical Literacy – Let’s Get It Right’.  We’d love for you to join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic day.

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

  • Book your place on the workshop by contacting Georgie Messenger at gmessenger@activedorset.org
  • Join us in the Network Forum and find out more about Family FUNS
  • Visit us on our stand in the market place

For more information on the conference and to book your place please visit www.activedorset.org/schools

The benefits of a Family FUNS club

Supporting families to enjoy playing and learning together provide many benefits for parents, children and of course the school.

Family FUNS is a unique early intervention programme to bring schools and families together, ensuring consistent messages and promoting positive parenting habits to develop essential learning behaviours.

Measured outcomes include improvements in:

  • children’s Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)
  • children’s Personal and Social skills
  • parent’s confidence to play and interact with their children
  • the amount of active family play

Marish Academy Trust in Slough have started to see the positive outcomes from their Family FUNS club.  Click here to find out more.

Marish Academy Trust FF Club

Active Schools Annual Conference 2015 – 25th September

We’re excited to be part of the Active Schools Annual Conference and Exhibition. Come and join us at:

Venue: John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, Leeds LS11 5DJ
Date: Friday, 25th September 2015
Aimed at: ALL primary, secondary and SILC Headteachers, Governors, PE Subject Leads, staff leading or involved in Health & Well-being, Physical Activity, PE or Sport, Early Years Leaders/Practitioners and Partners across the city and beyond.

The conference is titled:
Active Schools and Active Children Achieve More
Physical Activity – standing still is not an option

You will hear inspirational speakers, get up to date information, find out about the Active Schools Programme and the year ahead, network with colleagues and visit the Market Place for great resources.

Find out how we are redefining what’s possible and creating positive relationships with physical activity for life by visiting us in the Market Place at the conference.

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 please click here.

Two new positions available

We’re recruiting! Join our expanding and dynamic team – two new positions are available. See below for further details:

Finance Assistant
SALARY: £18,000 – £22,000
Create Development seeks an enthusiastic and proactive individual to join our rapidly expanding Finance Department. We are looking for a confident and committed individual to work as part of a team and ensure the purchase ledger and sales ledger operations run efficiently. The ideal candidate will be in the early stages of their finance career with a view  to develop and will have some experience in administrative support, expense management, data integrity, invoice processing and knowledge of cost estimates is desirable but not essential.

For full details including full role, skills, interests and qualities click here.

CLOSING DATE: 28th August 2015
START DATE: September/October 2015

Create Development Wheel (CD Wheel) Coordinator
SALARY: £18,000- £22,000
Create Development seeks an enthusiastic and proactive individual to join the rapidly expanding Department of Operations to manage the Create Development Wheel (CD Wheel), our online assessment tool. The successful candidate will be keen to explore new projects, be willing to take on challenges and develop their core skills. The ideal candidate will have some experience in customer service, administrative support, expense management, data integrity, invoice processing and a knowledge of cost estimates is desirable but not essential.

For full details including full role, skills, interests and qualities click here.

CLOSING DATE: 28th August 2015
START DATE: September/October 2015

If you have any questions please contact Sehra Mushaq at:
E: sehra@createdevelopment.co.uk
T: 020 8863 0304

We’re recruiting four Regional Managers

We are searching for four exceptional candidates to join our team of Regional Managers with a growth mindset and a drive to redefine what’s possible.

Click here or on the image below for more details.

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To apply: Send a supporting letter and CV to Sehra Mushtaq at sehra@createdevelopment.co.uk or call on
020 8863 0304 to discuss further.

Closing date: Friday, 21st August 2015

Summer 2015 Newsletter

It’s been an exciting first half of the year for Create Development…

From celebrating the incredible work of teachers, individuals and schools in our first ever Create Development National Awards, to real gym vaulting its way into schools and Family FUNS gathering momentum, there’s been a lot going on that we’d love to share with you.

Therefore, we’ve put together our Summer 2015 Newsletter, where you can read about all of this and more by clicking here.

The Create Development Newsletter Summer 2015 FINAL

 

What would your pupils say?

This week’s blog post has been written by Hafsah Zishan a Year 5 pupil from Marish Primary School.

Hafsah and his fellow pupils in Year 5 were asked take part in a little PE literacy to discuss their PE, Sport and Leadership experiences. Hafsah gives his very honest and inspirational opinion as he talks through his memories from the last year and the difference PE has made to both him and the pupils at his school. So beautifully written!

Click here to view his full memoir.

What would your pupils say?

If your pupils were asked to take part in a little PE literacy to discuss their PE, Sport and Leadership experiences what would they write?

Pupils in Year 5 at Marish Primary School were asked just this and what they wrote is quite special. Hafsah Zishan gives his very honest and inspirational opinion as he talks through his memories from the last year and the difference PE has made to both him and the pupils at his school. So beautifully written!

Click on the images below to read his full memoir.

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“…Wherever you are, whatever you do, you can work to be outstanding, you deserve to be outstanding, and you will be outstanding! All of you, all of us, are on a learning journey, a learning experience. And I wish every single one of you good luck and your own special memories along the way.”
Hafsah Zishan, Year 5
Marish Primary School

We’re recruiting a Midlands Tutor

We are searching for an exceptional candidate to join our team of tutors with a growth mindset and a drive to redefine what’s possible.

Click here or on the image below for more details.

Midlands Tutor

To apply: Send a supporting letter and CV to Cathy Brown at cb@createdevelopment.co.uk or call on 07815 879750 to discuss further.

Closing date: Monday, 13th July
Interview date: Monday, 20th July (afternoon) at Create Development, Suite 305, 79 College Road, Harrow HA1 1BD

The power to transform schools

This blog post has been written by Headteacher, Leigh Wolmarans of Lings Primary School. Leigh explains how powerful PE and sport really is when taught correctly.

Many years ago I remember sitting at a very dull conference with many other Headteachers that were finding it equally as dull. It was the same message being driven home with a jackhammer – improve results, improve schools, improve attendance, tackle under achievement – like this is not what we were doing from the trenches on a daily basis!

I was sitting in this conference as the Headteacher of a school that had just become ‘Outstanding’. A school that had almost defied all the odds and broken the mould by breaking every fallacy there is about education. Castle Primary School in Northampton had 75% English as an additional language, 60% of the children had a range of special needs, 45% were on free school meals and it was based in one of the highest social deprivation areas in Northamptonshire. As a school we ignored all these ‘hurdles to learning’ and taught in a creative way that put Sports and the Arts at the centre of our curriculum. When we achieved our ‘Outstanding’ status, the first ever Northampton Primary School to do so, no one knew how we had done it or what the journey had entailed. Our staff knew, our parents knew and our children definitely knew. The tool that started the transformation was – come closer and I will whisper it but don’t tell anyone – sport!

Jump back to that meeting and a lady, who will remain nameless, stood up and said that competitive sport and sport itself in school was having a negative impact on some children’s lives. It was teaching them to fail at a young age and it was putting certain children on pedestals. She went on to make some very generalised statements about the dangers of a sporting culture in schools and it was obvious that she had suffered at the hands of some abysmal sports teaching as a child. Those that know me will tell you that keeping my mouth shut when I hear something that is contrary to my belief and obviously incorrect, is very, very, very difficult. I felt my inner voice trying to jump out and say something. I kept it at bay for a while but it must have found the skeleton key somewhere and it escaped! Before I knew what I was doing I stood up and said, “I am sorry but you are totally wrong”! I think it may have been at this point that some of the delegates woke up, everyone likes a bit of confrontation. The lady looked down at me from her podium and asked me to explain. That was dangerous because those same people that would tell you about my mouth will also tell you that this combined with my passion can result in a very large South African becoming VERY intense VERY quickly.

I went on to tell her that I was born and grew up in Zimbabwe and South Africa where the importance of sport is recognised, nurtured and maintained. I explained that one of the only reasons I ever attended school was the fact that I had to if I was ever going to make the rugby team! I went on to tell her that many of the children that I taught on a daily basis, yes I am a teaching Headteacher and will always will be, were in the same position as I was when I was their age. I continued to explain the impact that sport had at Castle Primary School and how our recent ‘Outstanding’ status was down to the ethos and vision that sport had given the school. I concluded that we could take any failing school and just by starting off with changing the ethos of sport, we could start the revolution and turn the school into a successful place that met the needs of every learner. My closing statement went along the lines of: “We show a piece of literacy and numeracy on a daily basis and tell the children how amazing they are but when they are good at sport we then decide that we cannot tell them because others may feel inferior. It may be the only thing they are excellent at but because you don’t agree with competition we will not celebrate their success”. I sat back and waited for the applause!

I felt like I was on fire and that everyone would be ‘with me’ and rally against what the woman was saying. I was shocked back in to reality when I looked around the room and saw many faces looking at me in disbelief. They were siding with the sport hating lady on stage! This couldn’t be. We had seen the power of sport first hand in our school. I suddenly became professionally aware that not everyone thought the same way as we did, in my naïve brain I felt that everyone held our passion for the transformational power of sport. I left the conference that afternoon deflated and a little bit insecure, perhaps we were wrong, perhaps it wasn’t sport that had started the revolution and it was only in my imagination.

Fast forward to September 2011 and I had just left Castle Primary School to take on the final remaining special measures school in Northampton, a school that had been in special measures for nearly a year and a half. Lings Primary School is based in the Eastern Districts of Northampton and its spreadsheet was similar to that of Castle Primary School. The only notable difference was the fact that there were not as many English as a second language speakers but the free school meals percentage was over 50%. There was also a history of low performance and in July the school had made the dreaded 200 list of worst performing schools nationally based on their very low Key Stage 2 results. There was also a high proportion of low performing white British boys, a trend that we had managed to buck at Castle Primary School. I knew a few things about the school and these things made me very confident for the future. They had great staff who all wanted the school to improve and they were a positive group that had a belief in what the school could do. There were a few members of staff that were passionate about sport and a HLTA that was a force of nature in this department. I also knew that there were some incredibly talented children in the school that just needed this talent to be nurtured, developed, challenged and set free. I remembered my discussion with the anti-sport lady a few years before and decided to put our theory in to practice!

We started by building up an ethos and vision for sport, this has to be the starting point and it needed to be focused on a solid base of behaviour and discipline. Our children needed to understand the importance of what it meant to be a Lings Primary pupil before we did anything else. They needed to have a clear idea of what our purpose was and what we embodied. I was lucky that a boy called Lennon gave me our motto/catchphrase on the first day. He said, “Mr Wolmarans, we are here to set a standard”. I took that statement on my first day and plastered it all over the school, including on a brilliant piece of art as you walk in to the reception area. We made sure that everyone spoke in the language of growth mindset and that it was all about ‘Setting the standard’ in everything we did. Learning and teaching is the key to EVERYTHING so we set about making sure that everyone knew what our non-negotiables in teaching were and how we were going to achieve these. This meant that I went straight in to class and had a two and a half day teaching commitment, teaching sport across the school. This was the starting point as I could get to know every child and would get a chance to see if this ‘sport theory’ actually worked. We also set up as many opportunities as we could. This meant a great structure of after school clubs that were run by staff and quality professionals. I was lucky that I had met many amazing coaches and sportsmen and women in my time at Northampton and all I did was call them and say – HELP!

We also started to tap in to the brilliant clubs, organisations and structures we have in Northampton. As a Saints fan I was on the phone in an instant as I knew that the Saints Study Centre and the activities that they run have a real impact. We also tapped in to the phenomenal work they do with their coaches in schools and programmes they run to highlight the importance of sport. We did the same with the Steelbacks and the Cobblers as it is vital to build strong links with all community clubs. We worked closely with Northamptonshire Sport and Back of the Net to tap in to the high standard of training, coaching and development they offered. We also made sure that we got rid of the ‘transport argument’ quickly by getting a mini bus and training people on how to drive it. We made sure that the children were constantly out and about and were involved in as many competitions, festivals and opportunities as possible. Our answer to any invite was and is always YES! And so the revolution began. It gained momentum, snowballed and turned in to a movement.

What happened was truly remarkable and is the main reason that I am writing this piece. By March 2012 the school had thrown off the shackles of special measures and had become good in every category. We built up a brilliant relationship with an amazing company called Create Development and became a pilot school for their programme real PE, which had a huge impact on our school, we will be one of their ‘beacon’ schools in September 2015. We have built up strong links with so many clubs that it is impossible to name them all. We have a partnership with Northamptonshire Sport that has meant we have brilliant coaches in our school on a weekly basis. Our school became Town Sports School of the Year for two years running and then became County Sports School of the Year in 2014. Lings has gained national recognition for the work that we do with our Change for Life scheme, Virgin Active scheme and the work we do on real PE. The work we do with the School Sports Partnership has had an incredible impact on the standard of what we do and the level of pupil leadership that is evident in our school. We take part in over 95% of all town competitions and work closely with the Northampton Town School Sports Federation and take part in every festival, competition and learn to play session available.

The impact in other areas has been transformational. We have invested in dance and our Strictly Squad have won the town Strictly Tournament and all squads are now through to the regional finals. Our staff now dance on a weekly basis and have taken their medals in Ballroom and Latin. Our results have shot up and we are now above national expectations in every area with many of our children outperforming children in similar contexts. We are jumping over the hurdles of white British boy achievement, pupil premium attainment and achievement and under performance.

And the icing on the cake. This week we have nine different teams through to the Level 3 games ranging from Year 1 to Year 6. This is made more impressive by the fact that it is in seven different sports and no team is the same. This is even made greater by the fact that we are a one-form entry primary school in the Eastern districts. This goes in to the stratosphere when you know that this has never been done before and means that over a third of the school will be representing the town in July at the Sainsbury Level 3 Games.

On Thursday I sat down with Anne Davies, the passionate HLTA I spoke about, and we were at a loss for words. Her son, who also helps out at Lings, sat with us and we tried to put in to words how we got to where we are. It is based on participation first and excellence second. It is making sure that EVERY child gets the opportunities and no one ever feels left out. It is about challenging every child, no matter what their level, and making them realise that it is about developing an attitude to sport and physical development. It is also about seeing that they should love their bodies and what they can do with them and that they should use this ‘machine’ in creative ways. It is about making them comfortable in the skin they are in and giving them a growth mindset to face any challenge that will come their way. It is about ethos, motivation, passion and belief and it is about setting the standard in EVERYTHING we do.

So my original theory of you can change a school by starting with sport seems to have been proved, you have all the evidence to suggest that this hypothesis is true. But I now disagree with this original theory and have adapted it slightly. My theory is now as follows: You need to start by developing a growth mindset on life that is built on a concrete base of morals, discipline and respect. You then need to use the power of Sport, the Arts and creativity to develop all learning equally so that our children become the individuals that we need in our society. So that they can one day enjoy teaching their children the importance of education.

Pick your weapon of change. Ours was sport. What’s yours?

real PE has made a phenomenal difference

Headteacher, Dan Harding at Stockton Heath Primary School explains how real PE has made a phenomenal difference to the school, teachers and pupils in this article below.

“The difference real PE has made to Stockton Heath Primary School children and staff in a very short space of time is phenomenal. We have always had a very clear vision and ethos about the value of PE and Sport, but real PE has provided a context and structure that has allowed us to embed and ‘cement’ that ethos from Early Years Foundation Stage all the way through to Year 6. At our school, we believe that physical health and well-being is a fundamental aspect of everyday life and essential if children are to learn, progress and gain as much as they possibly can from their primary education. real PE has revolutionised our approach to PE and Sport teaching and learning and allowed us to see outstanding progress in all pupils of all ability levels. The skills progression-based learning, the level of challenge for more-able children and the self-assessment tools in particular have enabled our pupils to take real ownership of their own development. Pupils thoroughly enjoy PE and Sport here and have gained enormous self-confidence and invaluable teamwork, coordination and spatial awareness skills through the real PE approach. Children are actively involved in lessons; we have 100% participation in all timetabled indoor and outdoor lessons but our children also now choose to practise and hone the skills they have acquired at playtime and lunchtime using playground equipment and existing floor markings. From a Headteacher’s perspective, it has been extremely rewarding to see how much more comfortable and confident staff members are delivering PE lessons that: are clearly structured, appropriately differentiated, engage all learners, develop skills which can be applied across a wide range of sports and physical activities, are not simply rooted in ‘supervising’ team games (which can so often be the case in primary schools). My staff and children look forward to real PE based lessons with great anticipation and talk very passionately about the huge positive impact real PE has had on behaviour, attitudes to learning and respect for self and others. Everyone’s perception of what physical education actually means and its benefits has changed thanks to real PE.”
Dan Harding, Headteacher
Stockton Heath Primary School

Click here to find out how you and your school can get involved in real PE.

FREE Family FUNS introduction in Warminster

If you live in and around the Warminster area and would like to find out more about the Family FUNS programme, come to the FREE introduction day on Monday, 29th June (8.30am-3.00pm).

Family FUNS is a unique, early intervention programme which helps families play and learn together whilst supporting children to develop the physical and literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE and life.

Click here for further details including the full address.

Gifts at the Create Development National Awards 2015

Guests attending the Create Development National Awards 2015 were each given a Family FUNS home pack to enjoy with their families.

Each Family FUNS home pack contained:

  • Family FUNS board game
  • 12 adventure and activity books
  • Sports equipment
  • Interactive Disc with access to family games, videos, stories, physical challenges and songs
  • 3 sets of FUNS for everyone Mini Challenge Cards with over 100 progressive challenges
  • Sticker/rewards book to celebrate progress

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Family FUNS is a unique early intervention programme engaging families in regular, positive, active play in learning and home environments. It brings schools or community settings and families together, ensuring consistent messages and promoting positive parenting habits to develop essential learning behaviours and physical literacy.

To find out what other amazing resources and training is available in a Family FUNS programme, click here or contact us on:

T: 020 8863 0304
E: exceed@createdevelopment.co.uk

If you were a guest attending the National Awards, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Contact Jolene Barrett at jb@createdevelopment.co.uk or tweet using #FamilyFUNS

And the winners are…

Last night we were able to recognise and celebrate the work of teachers, individuals, schools and institutions that make such a difference to the lives of children at the Create Development National Awards. It was a very special evening, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Although we were only able to personally congratulate a handful of exception people, the awards also celebrated the work of 1000s of others too.

Let the awards commence

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The theme for the evening was black and/or white with a hint of magenta. Speakers included Iestyn Thomas, CEO and Founder of ChallengeAid, our chosen charity for the evening, and Lee Dickson, Scrum-half for Northampton Saints and England. After the amazing awards ceremony, delicious meal and a few fundraising games, the entertainment, including a disco, was in full flow where we all celebrated in true Create style.

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Thank you to Colourtone for sponsoring real PE Innovation of the Year and exceed Innovation of the Year awards.

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Once again, we would like to say a HUGE congratulations to all the outstanding finalists, winners and the 1000s of schools and organisations that we work with.

YOU are all redefining what’s possible.

The winners:

National School of the Year (NW)
Cheetham CE Community Academy

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National School of the Year  (Nth)
Broadgate Primary School

Keelie Devlin Broadgate

 

 

 

 

 


National School of the Year (Mids)
Falconer’s Hill Infant School

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National School of the Year (SW)
North Town Primary School

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National School of the Year (SE)

Woodhill Primary School

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National School of the Year (Sth)

Marish Academy Trust

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National School Advocate of the Year (NW)

Paul Naylor, Gaskell Primary School

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National School Advocate of the Year (Nth)

Kelly Waugh, Forest View Primary School

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National School Advocate of the Year (Mids)

Leigh Wolmarans, Lings Primary School

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National School Advocate of the Year (SW)
Mark Templeton, North Town Primary School

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National School Advocate of the Year (SE)

Mark Needham, Willow Tree Primary School

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National School Advocate of the Year (Sth)

Jason Elwell, Marish Academy Trust

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National Summer School of the Year

St Gregory the Great School

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National Partner of the Year (NW)
Jan Parker, LiveWire

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National Partner of the Year (N)

Lindsy James, Active Fusion

Lindsy James

 

 

 

 

 


National Partner of the Year (Mids)

Julie Chrysostomou, South Solihull SSP

Julie Chrysostomou

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Partner of the Year (SW)
Sue Odgers & Kim Hazeldene, Action 1st Foundation

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National Partner of the Year (SE)
Sarah Mortiboys, London PE & SSN

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National Partner of the Year (S)
Laura Brookstein, Slough SSN

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International Partner of the Year
Bridgend Active Young People, Wales

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National CSP of the Year

Northamptonshire Sport

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National Sports Organisation of the Year

RFL

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National Teachers of the Year

Angela Noyce, St Mary’s Primary Catholic School
Flo Head, Abington Vale Primary School

CDNA15 teachers of the Yr Flo Head and Angela Noyce

 

 

 

 

 



National real PE Display of the Year
Charlotte Sharman Primary School

CDNA Vicky Adkin from Charlotte Sharman primary School

 

 

 

 

 



CD Wheel Innovation of the Year
Maths Counts – The Mead Teaching School

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real PE Innovation of the Year
Sponsored by 

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exceed Innovation of the Year
Sponsored by

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You are redefining what's possible

National Awards finalists announced

Our largest, national event of the year is almost here and the list of national finalists is announced below.

The Create Development National Awards held on Wednesday, 13th May 2015 recognises and celebrates teachers, individuals, schools and institutions who do exceptional work and make a real impact on the lives of children.

Ronnie Heath, Managing Director said:
“We’re thrilled to be able to personally congratulate special individuals and more importantly celebrate the work of thousands of schools and organisations who make such a huge difference to the lives of children with their outstanding work by redefining what’s possible.”

Who has your vote?

Category: National School of the Year 2015

Baretrees Primary School
Jo Marston at Baretrees Primary School attended a real PE cohort in Oldham and was one of the first schools to commit to Whole school training. She fought hard to personalise the training days and the tutor was bowled over with the level of energy and enthusiasm from the staff.

Binfield CE Primary School
Over the last two years, at least five members of staff have taken part in a real PE programme and they have embraced it. Their commitment to teaching PE has a real impact on the pupils. They focus on the whole child and developing their needs and they have said the pupils are now aware of their own learning journeys, which, not only associate to PE but also supports their development across the curriculum. The school has also been developing the assessment framework and making it work for them and sharing this with other schools within the borough.

Broadgate Primary School
Broadgate Primary School has developed an extremely positive learning environment for the children in PE by creating wonderful displays around real PE, and also as a result of all teaching staff embracing the scheme and understanding the real impact it has on pupil’s learning.

Cheetham CE Community Academy
Three staff from Cheetham, known as Charlie’s Angels, attended a real PE course in Manchester and convinced Carolyn Timms, Subject Leader they also needed Whole school training. Carolyn embraced this and the school’s PE has flourished. They’re now exploring a Family FUNS club to extend the real PE messages at home. Sushma Sharma said:
“…real PE has built up my confidence in the teaching of PE as the progression of skills are very clear yet I can teach with flexibility and differentiation whilst still giving children choices. I feel it has taken away the prescriptive lessons and brought PE lessons to life for the children.”

Denaby Main Primary School
The school have transformed the quality of their PE delivery since using real PE. The teachers have found new enthusiasm for PE with the two greatest changes being the improved confidence in teaching and enjoyment of PE by the pupils. The following was stated in the schools recent OFSTED report:
“The school has developed a clear plan for using their allocation of sports premium monies. This includes further training opportunities for staff to develop new skills which are beginning to improve the quality of physical education (PE) teaching and the health and well-being of pupils.”

Falconer’s Hill Infant School
Hayley Hunt has enthusiastically led the school through great development in the teaching of PE. When real PE was introduced it was a very different way of working for staff and some were understandably hesitant and nervous. Hayley attended the training initially and encouraged and supported staff as they became accustomed to its implementation. She is now, not only delivering outstanding PE lessons herself and acting in an advice capacity but, continuing to move the school forward. This has involved developing assessment materials to compliment real PE and home learning challenges for the school. Hayley has begun to deliver Family FUNS in the school as an after school club. She is always highly supportive of all staff, very approachable and has an infectious sense of fun that permeates all her interactions with her colleagues.

Glenfield Infant School
Through the support of Sports Solent and the real PE programme over the last 2 years, the confidence, enthusiasm and skill level for teaching PE in the school has increased dramatically. The lessons are now pacy, full of rigour and challenge and fun. It is a pleasure to observe the children in lessons receiving high quality PE teaching, whilst also developing their personal skills. Several coaches and an Ofsted inspector gave extremely high praise for the PE lessons they have seen.

Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre
Since three members of the teaching staff from Kings Oak, attended the first cohort for real PE the school have embraced and integrated the programme across the curriculum. The school has since become the first in the area to show its continued commitment to real PE by taking the Whole staff training. Further support is also given to staff by Team Activ specialists to ensure teachers are confident enough to use the resources and apply the philosophies of real PE so every child makes outstanding progress.

Kirk Sandall Infant School
Kirk Sandall Infant School and teacher, Jacki Greenwood has been a joy to work with. Jacki is really friendly and ask lots of great questions. She has supported the learning of real PE and has been really instrumental and a driving force in sharing best practice with all her cluster schools. The school has seen a great difference in teaching and learning.

Lings Primary School
Lings Primary School in Northampton have enjoyed their most successful ever year for sport, after using Create Development’s real PE as the basis for their PE lessons. Headteacher, Leigh Wolmarans describes real PE as the best thing he has seen on the market for 20 years and has said that it has an unbelievable impact on the children due to the quality of learning. He often showcases his real PE lessons to visitors to the schools and shares best practice with other Headteachers, schools, agencies and sporting organisations in the county. His passion and motivation to develop the whole child is infectious.

Lyndhurst Primary School
Physical Education is key in this school and over the last two years PE Coordinator, Jay King has led and developed a whole school ethos with real PE at its core. Children are praised, understand their own ability and are able to make exceptional progress due to creative teaching and learning. real PE has also begun to have a wider impact on lessons across the whole school with personal challenge being at the core. There is no doubt that this school, under the leadership of Jay, provide the best possible learning outcomes for their pupils; outcomes which start in high quality Physical Education.

Marish Academy Trust
This school doesn’t just talk the talk, it walks the walk and then sprints with it!! The school have embedded real PE into the heart of the school and cross-curricular work is now based solely around the four cogs. The results speak for themselves: Ofsted commented on how well the Sports Premium was well invested in specialist staff to deliver an inspiring curriculum that all children can engage with. The lead inspector was impressed with the fact that children are able to self assess on a personalised PE curriculum using a variety of assessment tools. The school are not only developing their own good practice but they extend their support to all schools across Slough without any hesitation and purely for wanting children to be receiving high quality PE and developing skills for life.

Mattishall Primary School
Teacher Jane Taylor attended the first cohort of the real PE in Norfolk and truly embraced the ethos of the new approach to teaching PE in her school. She pushed it hard across the school leading to the school creating a separate inset day to get all staff trained. Jane has fully embraced the impact the approach can and is having with her pupils. She has improved the teaching environment by creating a Create Development/real PE wall to support learning and to positively impact development within real PE lessons. She has acted as an excellent advocate of real PE with other schools/PE leaders. Following Jane’s drive the whole school teaching of real PE has dramatically improved perceptions about PE and enjoyment of the subject.

Milstead Special School
Milstead is an SLD primary school with some really challenging children. Kate Shelley, Subject Leader worked hard to introduce real PE throughout the school as PE had been a subject the school had previously found very difficult. With inset support, Kate and John Shaw, a PE Teaching Assistant, introduced a common theme throughout all the classes from PMLD and ASD classes through to more mobile classes and the whole school began to explore the songs together in assembly. Kate organised for classes to share good practice and the feedback from all staff was that it increased confidence levels and participation levels from the children. Kate has since left the school but John continues to deliver across the school with teaching staff.

Monkton Park Primary School
Monkton Park Primary School have been immersed in the Create Development approach for many years and are now a leading light for the area in real PE. Their teaching is having a real impact on the pupils learning.

North Town School
The impact of real PE has been amazing. When the Year 6 cohort of 60 pupils were asked who wanted to represent the school in a hockey tournament (not a sport they offer/cover at North Town in the curriculum or after school club), 52 hands went up – that’s growth mindset in action. In the end, 28 different pupils went to the tournaments, none were hockey players but all had great attitudes and with great teamwork they went on to be Tone area champions!

Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School
Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School has really embraced the real PE approach within their school. Headteacher, Maire Hayes and her staff are passionate at supporting the development of both their pupils and staff.

St Finian’s Catholic Primary School
Teacher Selina is a massive inspiration to all her pupils and fully engages in the real PE and real gym approach and can’t wait for real dance. Her commitment to school sport has led to huge success not only in her own environment with motivated, happy learners and fully engaged teachers excited by teaching PE, but also in the wider community. They had great success at the school games this year with many teams performing so very well. Selina puts the basis of their physical literacy down to all the high quality real PE programmes that have been delivered (usually all in her school!), creating building blocks for the full game. Feedback has told us she is phenomenal and very special indeed.

St Mary’s RC Primary School
Lisa Snelson bounced in Day 1 of real PE and was completely committed and motivated from then on. She delivers PE in three schools and has worked hard to introduce real PE to all schools. She also arranged for staff at the schools to come together for a taster session. Lisa has been teaching PE a long time but was open and willing to dive in and have a go. She is a fantastically, supportive person to have on any training.

Stockton Heath Primary School
We have been delighted to see the progress and transformation within the school as a result of real PE. Headteacher, Dan Harding sums up their journey perfectly:
”The difference real PE has made to Stockton Heath Primary School children and staff in a very short space of time is phenomenal. We have always had a very clear vision and ethos about the value of PE and Sport but real PE has provided a context and structure that has allowed us to embed and ‘cement’ that ethos from EYFS all the way through to Year 6. real PE has revolutionised our approach to PE and Sport teaching and learning and allowed us to see outstanding progress in all pupils of all ability levels. The skills progression-based learning, the level of challenge for more-able children and the self-assessment tools in particular have enabled our pupils to take real ownership of their own development. Pupils thoroughly enjoy PE and Sport here and have gained enormous self-confidence and invaluable teamwork, coordination and spatial awareness skills through the real PE scheme. 
From a Headteacher’s perspective, it has been extremely rewarding to see how much more comfortable and confident staff members are delivering PE lessons that: are clearly structured, appropriately differentiated, engage all learners, develop skills which can be applied across a wide range of sports and physical activities, are not simply rooted in ‘supervising’ team games (which can so often be the case in primary schools). My staff and children look forward to real PE based lessons with great anticipation and talk very passionately about the huge positive impact real PE has had on behaviour, attitudes to learning and respect for self and others. Everyone’s perception of what physical education actually means and its benefits has changed thanks to real PE.”

Wessex Primary School
A real strength of Wessex Primary School is the strong advocacy provided by the Headteacher, and the drive from the teachers who attended the formal real PE training who believed in the benefits of the programme and wanted to ensure the impact was felt across the whole school. Pupils have been excited, enthused and interested in their learning in PE through the introduction of real PE. The visual side has definitely made a difference to the pupil’s journeys from teacher led learning to become independent learners. The pupils have improved their fundamental movement skills, and have progressed their learning in personal, social, cognitive, creative, physical skills as well as improved their health and fitness. Helen Southerden, Y6 class teacher said:
“The children have absolutely loved the real PE we have started this term. It is brilliant for the teacher to step back and watch the children take ownership for their own learning, whilst pushing the more able children to attempt the more difficult challenges. The cognitive learning goals are also very important in highlighting to the children how much they have to think about to achieve in PE. It is fantastic! The self assessment wheels for them to use in class are brilliant for keeping track of what challenge they are working on.”

Woodhill Primary School
Woodhill delivers real PE as part of their curriculum, adapting it to meet the needs of their children, e.g. through a creative ‘life PE’ approach e.g. combining one leg balance with scooter training and seated balance with cycling. They use the Create approach to target specific groups, e.g. using Learn to Compete, Compete to Learn every afternoon in their nurture unit to support behaviour (personal/social); they have health interventions for KS1 and KS2 delivered through Learn to Compete, Compete to Learn and FUNS and also use FUNS to support more able sessions.

Category: National School Advocate of the Year 2015

Caroline Muldoon, Burton Joyce Primary School
Caroline attended the very first real PE introduction meeting in Nottingham and from the start her enthusiasm and positivity shone through. She embraced the real PE values and approach and was determined that it was something that would be a benefit to her school and others across Notts. Caroline was a huge advocate and really helped to generate local interest and was fundamental in ensuring the first cohort took place. Caroline enthusiasm for real PE continues.

Chris Short, Bradshaw Community Primary School
Chris was one of the initial Headteachers in Warrington to sign up to real PE and his school was one of the first to undertake training. Since then, Chris has been bitten by the Create Development bug! Not only has his school established the Create Development ethos under his leadership, but he has been pivotal in inspiring other Headteachers to start their Create learning journeys. In fact, Jenny McAleny, Deputy Headteacher at Stockton Heath Primary School said: “Initially I wasn’t too keen on accessing real PE as I thought we had enough to do, but Chris kept talking to me about it so much that in the end I gave in. It’s the best thing we did and has transformed the teaching of PE in our school.” Chris’s dedication and commitment has ensured that Warrington is firmly on the Create learning journey.

Dan Jones, St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School
Dan is the Subject Leader at a renowned school for PE in York and he was asked to attend a meeting by his SGO to see if real PE was a good scheme for their schools. He immediately bought in to the approach and ethos and since then Dan has shared real PE with other schools in his cluster, travelled miles to attend a real PE cohort outside of his area and continues to promote and be an advocate for real PE with surrounding schools.

Dave Tregilgas, Selina Porter and Helen Colquhoun, Chippenham Partnership of Schools
Dave, Selina and Helen have a fantastic reputation for being great school advocates and as a group, the Chippenham Partnership are fantastic supporters of the Create approach, not only encouraging schools to take on real PE, but also to make sure they are strong enough to deliver real PE and model best practice.

Elizabeth Leece, New Islington Free School
Liz was initially very instrumental in encouraging Cheetham, the first school in Manchester to convert to Whole school. She also took real PE to her new school and we are about to deliver a whole school inset in July. Liz has been positive, willing to try anything and infectious with her enthusiasm.

Flo Head, Abington Vale Primary School
Flo attended the first ever real PE course in the county and since then her enthusiasm and passion helps develop PE not only in her school but has an impact on other teachers learning across other schools. More recently, Flo hosted the first ever ‘real PE Teach Meet’ in the county where she inspired many discussions and supported teachers by sharing with them ideas on delivery. Flo’s unique as not only has she improved her own PE delivery but she has shown evidence that she is an outstanding practitioner as she has impacted on teachers and children across the whole school and the wider community!

Jacki Greenwood, Kirk Sandall Infant School
Jacki Greenwood has been a joy to work with. Jacki is really friendly and ask lots of great questions. She has supported the learning of real PE and has been really instrumental and a driving force in sharing best practice with all her cluster schools.

Jane Perrons, Holmfirth JI and N School
Jane is one of the only people to contact Create Development demanding we start a cohort in her area! She then worked tirelessly contacting schools and keeping in contact and arranging presentations to the Headteacher network meetings and introducing us to our new partner in Kirklees before buying in to Whole school training and rolling out real PE throughout the school. The staff at the inset day were amazing and she had even invited other schools to take part. “Jane was like a dog with a bone and worked until she had her staff trained and all delivering from the real PE schemes with energy and enthusiasm.”

Jason Elwell, Marish Academy Trust
Headteacher, Gill Denham says: “Jason Elwell is an example to us all. He is dedicated beyond the call of duty to use his love of PE to inspire children to challenge expectations across the curriculum and to promote better outcomes for all. Not content with inspiring both staff and children in our own schools, he has tirelessly publicised and practised Create Development’s real PE across primary schools in Slough. The combination of PE and leadership and citizenship learning is unique and highly motivating. It has impacted positively on outcomes at Marish Academy Trust, particularly over the last year and cannot fail to support outcomes for all of Slough’s children if schools enable them to get involved.”

Kelly Waugh, Forest View Primary School
Kelly works in a school that has seen many changes recently as over half the staff left and therefore, it has received a lot of attention from the local authority and Ofsted was imminent when she signed up to real PE. Despite being Early Years Co-ordinator she has driven real PE throughout the school with passion and enthusiasm. The result is that the whole school has taken real PE fully on board with fabulous results. An Ofsted inspector commented on a colleague’s lesson as being the best PE lesson she had ever seen in her whole career. The teacher, in question, attributes this purely to Kelly’s enthusiasm and support in selling real PE.

Leigh Wolmarans, Lings Primary School
Leigh is the Headteacher at Lings and teaches PE two and a half days a week. Leigh believes that real PE puts quality learning and detaching at the heart and bridges the gap between the classroom and the sports field. His passion, enthusiasm and belief in the real PE approach has made him somewhat of an ambassador and he often showcases his real PE lessons to visitors to the schools. He has also supported teachers from other schools with their training, using his pupils as leaders. Leigh says, “You have to make a stand for things you believe in.”

Lisa Snelson, St Mary’s Catholic School
Lisa bounced in Day 1 of real PE and was completely committed and motivated from then on. She delivers PE in three schools and has worked hard to introduce real PE to all schools. She also arranged for staff at the schools to come together for a taster session. Lisa has been teaching PE a long time but was open and willing to dive in and have a go. She is a fantastically, supportive person to have on any training.

Lucy Ray, St James Church School
Lucy is a fantastic advocate for real PE. She actively promotes real PE to other schools at any opportunity. They have completely embraced the philosophy of real PE in this challenging school. The attendance at after school clubs has rocketed and the attitude to learning and behaviour in PE has been revolutionised. They have developed and improved communication with other schools and parents via Twitter, set home challenges and are changing and challenging attitudes to physical activity within the school.
Mark Needham, Willow Tree Primary School
Mark is passionate at developing the whole child by using the real PE approach to support teachers and change the way children learn. We’ve received nothing but positive feedback about Mark and many have praised his enthusiasm and energy.

Mark Needham, Willow Tree Primary School
Mark and his team, based at Willow Tree Primary School, have totally embraced and driven real PE with over 30 schools in the local area, providing post course support and advice and really driving the new ethos and philosophy of real PE both within his own school and other schools, taking huge pride in the successes of both and also continually engaging with and challenging us to provide more support. Without Mark’s support and energy, the programme would not have been the success it is, and we are delighted to be building on the great work with further training and support next year through real PE and new programmes such as real gym.

Mark Templeton, North Town School
Mark is a great advocate for real PE. He has regularly visited other local schools to team teach with and support other teachers of real PE. He is a trusted member of the Tone area PLT cluster group and regularly spreads the word and shares the philosophies of real PE and the impact it has had at North Town with others. He constantly reflects on his own practice and strives to give the children the best experience possible in PE.

Paul Naylor, Gaskill Primary School
Paul attended real PE in Merseyside and immediately asked how he could involve the schools in Bolton. He involved his Headteacher and has signed up for Whole school training and Family FUNS. He is providing taster sessions for schools in Bolton to experience real PE and has been continually enthusiastic, supportive and motivated other delegates. Paul’s feedback on the real PE programme really helped to lift the overall level and helped other delegate’s level of commitment.

Ruth Chappell, Ascot and Maidenhead School Sport Partnership
Ruth’s drive for excellence in PE and sport and developing the whole child is evident in all that she does. Her energy and ability to motivate others using the real PE approach has made a real difference to teachers and children and had a great impact.

Sam Hartwell, Rye Oak Primary School
Sam is a shining light in the world of partnership working for PE across Peckham. She is passionate about ensuring that every child has the opportunity to participate in high quality competition in a wide range of sports and activities, which are both inclusive and challenging for all. In addition, Sam also arranges Network Meetings for the cluster, which, provide a valuable outlet to share best practice, competition structures and development ideas. She truly shares, engages, and supports other schools.

Tanya Irvine, Hillyfield Primary Academy
We’ve heard nothing but praise about Tanya’s drive and enthusiasm to get children excited, challenged, active and having fun. She is determined to change the way children learn by giving them ownership to drive their learning and motivate them using the real PE approach. Tanya’s aim is to enhance, enrich and broaden PE and school sport provision.

Category: National Summer School of the Year 2015

City Heights E-ACT Academy
Friars Academy
St Gregory the Great School
Trowbridge Schools

Category: National Partner of the Year 2015

Anne Hargreaves and Kath Rudd, Active Dorset
Benice Owen and Luke Freer, CSW Sport
Emma Flaherty, Links School Sport Partnership
Jan Parker, LiveWire
Jill Wilkinson, Children’s Services Business Support Unit, Leeds
Julie Chrysostomou, South Solihull SSP
Laura Brookstein, Slough School Sport Network
Lindsy James, Active Fusion
Max Smiles-Cook, West Berkshire School Sport Network
Rob Crocker, New Forest School Sport Network
Sarah Mortiboys, London PE & School Sport Network
Steve Boocock and Rik Grover, Wiltshire Sports Partnership WASP
Sue Odgers and Kim Hazeldene, Action 1st Foundation
Tony Stewart, Northamptonshire Sport

Category: International Partner of the Year 2015

Bridgend Active Young People, Wales
Glasgow Life, Scotland
Tanglin Trust, Singapore

Category: National CSP of the Year 2015

Active Devon
Active Dorset
Active Surrey
CSW Sport
Get Berkshire Active
Northamptonshire Sport
SASP
Sport Hampshire & IOW
Sport Nottinghamshire
WASP
Wesport

Category: National Sports Organisation of the Year 2015

Cricket Foundation ‘Chance to Shine’
Greenhouse Sports/The Royal Foundation
RFL

Category: National Teacher of the Year 2015

Andrew Rowney, Lower Wortley Primary School
Andrew has shown commitment, passion and enthusiasm to embed the real PE scheme in his school by supporting all teaching staff. He demonstrates excellent teaching practice. The positive learning environment created by Andrew within the school is having a positive impact with all children enabling a wide range of participation opportunities, which are always taken up by the children.

Angela Noyce, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Through Angela’s inspirational leadership and implementation of real PE, she is delivering outstanding results with Foundation stage children. real PE has inspired her teaching, up-skilled her delivery of fundamentals and enriched the physical fluency of her class. Angela should be commended for her creation of clear learning pathways, shared challenges and most significantly, the sowing of early seeds of lifelong participation and enjoyment in sport for EVERY child. Ben Crook says ”I have been moved, inspired and ‘converted’ by the work undertaken by Angela. I am also very proud of her continued professional development and leadership having mentored her in her early years! The sorcerer is outshone by the Pirate (hopefully on an adventure!)”

Anne Davies, Lings Primary School
Anne is part of a passionate team at Lings Primary School, which enables their learners to take increasing responsibility for their own learning. Sport changes lives at Lings and together with Headteacher, Leigh Wolmarans, Anne helps drive the real PE approach within the school to develop the whole child.

Carla Wallington, St Michael’s CE Primary School
Carla has told us that staff have seen the benefits and the confidence real PE gives children, and have realised that the teaching doesn’t have to be restricted to PE. As the PE coordinator, Carla has been impressed with how the teachers have applied elements of real PE into their other lessons. One class used an ‘unlocking of levels’ (based on the skill breakdown) in their maths observation, which the Headteacher loved!
Carla said: “I can see how the layout and format of the real PE lesson plans have affected my overall teaching. The children have a clearer picture, of not only the individual lesson, but the learning journey for the term. They can see where they have started and where they need/want to be at the end of the term. The plans comfort teachers with their consistent and reliable formats. What has impressed me most, is the reflection and positive feedback the children have been able to give one another. We have used the ‘roles on the bus’ reflection tool to help us. I am blown away by how reflective and thoughtful the children have been in their peer and group assessments.”

Clare Fielder, Willow Tree Primary School
Claire has embraced the real PE approach since it was introduced to the school last academic year. She has delivered outstanding PE lessons observed by the Headteacher and has also delivered lessons to other EYFS/KS1 staff during Whole school PE insets. The progress made of pupil’s physical skills has been commended by the Headteacher and Claire has also delivered PE lessons to her class while visitors from neighbouring boroughs have attended in order to demonstrate the strengths of the programme which has supported other schools to engage real PE.

Flo Head, Abington Vale Primary School
Flo attended the first ever real PE course in the county and since then her enthusiasm and passion helps develop PE not only in her school but has an impact on other teachers learning across other schools. Flo is unique as not only has she improved her own PE delivery but she has shown evidence that she is an outstanding practitioner as she has impacted on teachers and children across the whole school and the wider community!

Hayley Hunt, Falconer’s Hill Infant School
Hayley has enthusiastically led the school through great development in the teaching of PE. When real PE was introduced it was a very different way of working for staff and some were understandably hesitant and nervous. Hayley attended the training initially and encouraged and supported staff as they became accustomed to its implementation. She is now, not only delivering outstanding PE lessons herself and acting in an advice capacity but, continuing to move the school forward. This has involved developing assessment materials to compliment real PE and home learning challenges for the school. Hayley has begun to deliver Family FUNS in the school as an after school club. She is always highly supportive of all staff, very approachable and has an infectious sense of fun that permeates all her interactions with her colleagues.

Jane Taylor, Mattishall Primary School
Jane attended the first cohort of the real PE in Norfolk and truly embraced the ethos of the new approach to teaching PE in her school. She pushed it hard across the school leading to the school creating a separate inset day to get all staff trained. Jane has fully embraced the impact the approach can, and is having with her pupils. She has improved the teaching environment by creating a Create Development/real PE wall to support learning and to positively impact development within real PE lessons. She has acted as an excellent advocate of real PE with other schools/PE leaders. Following Jane’s drive the whole school teaching of real PE has dramatically improved perceptions about PE and enjoyment of the subject.

Lucie Hibberd, Rainbow Forge Primary School
Lucie really impressed us all on Day 2 of real PE when she began describing the amount and level of assessment she was achieving with her Year 1 class. She proceeded to produce high quality photos and descriptions of children working together, achieving new things and loving real PE.

Matt Alford, Shirley Warren Primary and Nursery School
Matt has engaged the whole school in real PE. He has used his innovative skills to excite all children to take responsibility for their own learning through PE. His use of ICT, producing photographic and video evidence of children’s learning are top quality. His team also teach in other schools that are trying to embed real PE across their schools. Shirley Warren’s PE subject Leader said:
“At Shirley Warren we are extremely proud that Matt has been nominated for this award. Matt has embraced the real PE scheme because so many of the values are aligned to his own. At Shirley Warren he has always looked to develop the ‘whole child’ and clearly looks to foster the physical, psychological and social development of all our pupils.

Matt has been able to reach out to children with challenging behaviour, enabling them to develop sportsmanship, praise of others and taking ownership of their own learning. Matt’s passion and belief in what he is delivering is infectious and rubs off on our pupils. The pupils show enthusiasm and enjoyment, responding extremely positively to Matt’s outstanding delivery.  Matt has utilised the resources in a creative and innovative way, to develop his own particular delivery and forms of assessment.  The pupils are often quoting the real PE terminology in class, the practical understanding of these terms, has a positive transferable effect on the lives and learning of our pupils. Matt always goes above and beyond, organising and delivering a wide range of extra-curricular activities, employing the philosophy he has embedded in our PE curriculum of developing the whole child. Whatever the outcome of this nomination, we are very fortunate to have Matt at Shirley Warren Primary and value the positive impact he has on our school community.”

Neil Crosbie, Wood End Academy
Neil has led outstanding PE lessons using the real PE approach since attending the first real PE CPD session this academic year. He has embraced the key philosophies of the programme and has supported real PE to be embedded at the heart of the school, to not just accelerate learning in PE, but also the development of the whole child through focusing on key learning behaviours. Alongside the PE Coordinator Neil has also developed Assessment for Learning strategies, which have been adopted across all classes and more recently delivered an outstanding session at real PE CPD Day 3.

Sara White, St John’s Primary School
Sara is a superb teacher of real PE who has totally embraced its ideas and concepts, to fully integrate the programme across the curriculum at Penistone St John’s. Since attending the real PE training she has used the teaching and assessment ideas extensively with her class and has been able to pass on her experiences to support other colleagues by sharing the practical ideas. In addition to this support, Sara has arranged for colleagues to be supported by a Team Activ specialist to ensure they are confident in the delivery of real PE and able to maximise its potential benefits and raise pupil attainment. Sara has also lead several demonstrations of real PE during our professional development courses, which has enabled colleagues from other schools to gain a clear understanding of the effectiveness of the programme and how it ensures outstanding pupil progress.

Vicky Adkin, Charlotte Sharman Primary School
Vicky is a young, passionate and committed teacher. She loves PE and because of this she is continually making a difference in a challenging central London primary school. Her display boards are out of this world – encouraging interaction with each pupil and a deeper understanding of how individual and peer assessment. Her lessons are exceptional and she has embraced real PE both within the subject but also as a part of her classroom teaching. Vicky is a shining example of a young vibrant teacher who will go far in her professional career.

Category: National real PE Display of the Year 2015

Charlotte Sharman Primary School
Crampton Primary School
Marish Primary School
Mattishall Primary School
St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School

Winners will be announced after the event.

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#CDNA2015

real gym springs into Berkshire

We are excited to deliver more real gym courses this week in Northolt, Warrington and Featherstone. The very first course was delivered before Easter at St Finian’s Catholic Primary School in Berkshire. Teachers from across the county learnt how real gym builds on the approach of real PE to develop children holistically through gymnastics activities.

They developed their skills set and went away feeling more competent to deliver real gym with increased confidence in their schools. They were also keen to put their new theory and practical skills into practice.

“I liked the clear link between real PE and real gym and the realisation that gym can be taught in such a progressive way. I now have valuable ideas for the teaching of gym in school.”
Lucy Cowan, teacher
Hermitage Primary School

“I learnt how to fit real gym in with real PE and teach good quality gym – less about leotards! I also liked the visual lesson plans and lesson demonstrations. A comprehensive and inspiring programme. real PE and real gym have been the best courses I’ve been on and I have seen lots of impact from them.”
Vicki Cleaver, teacher
Pangbourne Primary School

real gym is an innovative, vibrant, inclusive scheme which supports teachers to become competent and confident to deliver gymnastics activities and create rounded learners. It explodes the myths around teaching gymnastics skills and a programme that provides simple, progressive steps that make it easy to implement.

real gym has been written, developed and is being delivered by Sarah Moon, real gym National Lead. Sarah’s accolades include:
> Master Coach in Rhythmic Gymnastics, presented by British Gymnastics 2013
> TEAM GB Coach for the rhythmic gymnastics group for the Olympic Games, (London) in 2012
> Head Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach for England, for the Commonwealth Games (Delhi) in 2010
> National Coaching Foundation sports coach UK Community Sports Coach of the Year in 2007
> Sportswest Female Coach of the Year 2005.

Click here to view more information about real gym.

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Watch this space…the official real gym launch is coming soon.

If you’ve already taken part in a real PE programme and would like to find out more or book onto a real gym course contact us on:
E: info@createdevelopment.co.uk
T: 020 8863 0304

Summer Schools funding available now!

“For the first time in over 20 years of working at this school we have noticed that fewer Year 7s have struggled with these first few days at school. We have had fewer parents and carers make contact with us regarding concerns, and the students who attended Summer School seem more confident and settled.”
Senior Leader
Heathfield Community School

Last year, the Summer Schools that we delivered in partnership with schools were a great success, having a significant impact on attendance, behaviour and achievement. Click here to view the impact reports.

Summer 2014 – 15 Summer Schools – 378 pupils attending – 136 student mentors – 30 teachers

Your 2015 Summer School
Create Development offers two Summer Schools solutions:

A. Working in partnership
 with your school to deliver Summer Schools on school sites
Last few places available! Deadline: 18th May 2015

B. Summer Schools Training
Due to high demand, we are delivering two-day training programmes to support schools to personalise and deliver their own successful Summer School.  In addition to supportive tools and resources, the programme will provide training to support staff in:
• exploring creative questioning, feedback and review methods
• establishing a student mentor workforce
• engaging parents in their child’s learning
• celebrating and reporting impact.

National Summer School Training dates:
South
Day 1: 11th May 2015, Day 2: 29th June 2015 (9.30am – 4pm)
North
Day 1: 12th May 2015, Day 2: tbc (9.30am – 4pm)
South West
Day 1: 15th May 2015, Day 2: 30th June 2015 (9.30am – 4pm)
London/South East
tbc

To find out more including costs and locations click here or contact:
Hollie Batson
E:
exceed@createdevelopment.co.uk
T: 020 8863 0304: 020

Have you applied for your pupil premium Summer Schools funding for this year?
The Department for Education funds the Summer Schools programme to help close the attainment gap. The deadline for applications is 29th May 2015.

The online form is simple to complete and you will receive an email 24 hours of submitting your application form to confirm the school’s provisional funding allocation:
1. Find out your school login from your school office
2. Complete the short questionnaire (7 questions)
3. Submit your form

To apply, click here.

 

Create Development National Awards 2015

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We’re very excited to be holding our first Create Development National Awards presentation this year on the Wednesday, 13th May.

The Create Development National Awards recognises and celebrates teachers, schools and institutions who do exceptional work and make a real impact on the lives of children. Choosing winners from the thousands of amazing teachers, coaches, schools and organisations that we work with is going to be one of our most difficult challenges!

Our chosen charity for this event is Challenge Aid whose aim is to take children out of poverty through ‘Schools of Hope’.

We’re looking forward to congratulating all the winners and those nominated.

Watch this space for a list of nominees, winners and of course photographs of the amazing event too.

real PE wall display winner 2015

Congratulations to Charlotte Sharman Primary School who are the winners of this year’s real PE wall display competition.

Vicky Adkin Charlotte Sharman Primary Sch 3
We received so many amazing entries making it difficult to choose a winner. After much deliberation we decided that Charlotte Sharman Primary School’s addition of a pupil stadium, showing images of children at the school, supporting them to own their PE and learning gave them the edge. What a great idea. They have won £200 Create vouchers to spend on our resources and courses.

A huge congratulations also goes to the close runners-up:

Keith Kelsey Crampton Primary email 4th Mar

Jason Elwell_twitter 6th mar

 

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Marish Primary School

 

Jane at Mattishall Primary School

St Anthony

 

 

 

 

 

Mattishall Primary School

 

 

 

 

St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School

 

 

 

 

These schools will receive A4 size FUNS student cards.

Thank you to all those that entered the competition.

Watch this space for the next competition…

FREE closing the gap conferences

exceed-slider-newWhat are you doing to close the attainment gap in your school?

 

Join us at our FREE exceed conferences to explore our new programmes and solutions to close the attainment gap.


Cheshire
Date: 
Friday, 6th March 2015
Time:
12.30 – 4pm
Location:
Walton Hall and Gardens, Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 6SN

Click here to view the full details of the Cheshire conference.
RSVP by: 27th February to Hollie Batson at hb@createdevelopment.co.uk

London
Date: Thursday, 26th March 2015
Time: 12.30 – 4pm
Where: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Click here to view the full details of the London conference.
RSVP by: 18th March to Hollie Batson at hb@createdevelopment.co.uk

Midlands
Date: Wednesday, 4th June 2015
Time: 12.30 – 4pm
Location: Franklin’s Gardens (Home of the Northampton Saints), Weedon Road, Northampton NN5 5BG

Click here to view the full details of the Midlands conference.
RSVP by
: 29th May to Hollie Batson at hb@createdevelopment.co.uk

 

 

 

real PE competition deadline extended

real-PE-master-logoA chance to win £200 Create vouchers to spend on our resources and programmes.

 

Due to multiple requests we’ve agreed to extend the deadline for the real PE wall display competition.

Simply send in your fantastic photos of the real PE wall displays in your schools. The lucky winner will receive £200 Create vouchers to spend on our resources and programmes. For your chance to win all you need to do is

  • email your image to info@createdevelopment.co.uk using the subject name real PE competition

or

  • tweet your picture adding @Create_Dev and #realPE to your message

The new closing date for entries is Friday, 6th March. The winner will be chosen by a panel here at Create and will be notified asap.

Passion, positive energy and high quality teaching

It’s so rewarding when we receive feedback from Headteachers and teachers about the difference that the ‘real PE’ approach is making in schools.

We recently worked with King’s Lodge School in Chippenham, Wiltshire and here’s a snapshot of what they thought about the progrKing's Lodge Schoolamme and the ‘real PE’ approach:

“Serotonin moments, lots of laughter, TEAM work and a values based curriculum that is dear to the hearts of all KLS staff. Much food for thought… we are all excited. To have a teacher state that they had changed their mind re: the teaching of PE was a monumental moment – congratulations!”
Lynn Evans, Headteacher

“Matt (Lloyd) is truly inspirational in his delivery, making everyone feel so at ease with something that we know can be quite daunting for some, delivering high quality PE lessons. The enthusiasm and passion for PE and high quality teaching was clear to see and you could literally feel the positive energy throughout the day!”

“What a fantastic day!  Well done everyone for making the most of it.  I think we all left feeling invigorated and inspired.”

Many thanks to Headteacher Lynn Evans and the amazing teachers at King’s Lodge School.