We’re committed to supporting primary schools, headteachers and PE coordinators across Hertfordshire to work towards creating the a generation of physically active children. We know that high-quality teaching and provision of PE and school sport will increase participation levels in physical activity and lead to healthier young people who are more engaged across the whole curriculum, and are more likely to become and remain more active more often.

The Herts Sports Partnership is commissioned by Sport England to provide guidance to schools on how to make effective use of their PE and School Sport Premium funding, provide access to resources to help your school make appropriate choices and where appropriate, offer individual support and help to complete your plan for your website. Included in this support is organising the annual Primary PE and School Sport conference and the Advocate Headteachers Group who helped produce the Hertfordshire Guide to High Quality Primary PE, Physical Activity and School Sport.

Additionally, each year we are asked to complete a mapping exercise on behalf of Sport England, whereby we review a minimum of fifty school websites in relation to their use of the PE and Sport Premium. The information is compiled into a Local Intelligence report. Sport England also requires evidence in the form of case studies, so we may be approaching your school later in the year for a case study to demonstrate best use of the funding. Sport England collates the data from each county to provide a report for the ministerial board that the Department for Education and Department of Health sit on. The Ministers annually request examples of how their investment has been spent and what the impact has been. This can determine the future of the funding.

Good practice and support

Hertfordshire Headteacher Advocates
The Hertfordshire Primary Headteacher Advocate group was established in 2014 by the Herts Sports Partnership, working in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust. This active group of local headteachers provides strategic thinking to align local and national strategies, and responds to and helps shape county-wide plans to achieve the vision:

‘To develop happy, healthy, physically literate and active young people through high-quality physical education, physical activity and school sport’

The group wrote and produced the , which was launched at the conference in January 2017.

The headteacher advocate group meet termly at the de Havilland Campus in Hatfield and then feedback through Head teacher cluster groups. If you have information to share with the group, please feel free to get in touch with either your advocate or HSP.

Meet our Headteacher Advocates:

  • Ellie Shaw, Wilbury School
  • Alison Richards, Hertingfordbury Cowper Primary School
  • Laura Woods, Roger De Clare First CofE School
  • Jon Hood, Cowley Hill School
  • Mandy West, High Wych Church of England Primary School
  • Charis Geoghegan, Little Gaddesden Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
  • Maggie Clifford, The Grove Junior School
  • Jan Martin, Woolmer Green
  • Paul Sutton, Orchard Primary
  • Sian Kilpatrick, Bernards Heath Juniors
  • Yvonne Davis, Oakview

CoachMark and Quality Matrix

All schools in Hertfordshire should be aiming to work with CoachMark coaches. The CoachMark accreditation ensures that those coaches who have it are certified with the correct safeguarding, first aid and coaching qualifications and skills to be safe to coach within your school environment. We strongly recommend that you look to only use coaches with the CoachMark accreditation.

To find out if a coach has the CoachMark accreditation, please contact Chris Samways.

Quality Matrix
To find out more on the Quality Matrix, please contact Chris Samways.

Funding

The Herts Sports Partnership and Funding4Sport will support schools across Hertfordshire to apply for funding. We offer expert advice on the availability of funding that could enhance provision for sport, PE and physical activity.

For more information on funding, please view our Funding page.

Inclusive Physical Education Support

Primary Schools Offer
The Herts Sports Partnership work collaboratively with the Lead Inclusion/Project Ability School, Pinewood, and the YST Wheelchair Hub School, Lonsdale, in advocating, enabling and advising on all matters relating to the inclusion of all young people in physical education, school sport and physical activity.

In addition to the Inclusion PE courses which are held at the Hertfordshire Sports Village, Project Ability can provide personalised support for our primary schools.

Do you have a pupil who needs additional support?
This support takes the form of an experienced practitioner/s visiting the school, meeting with the headteacher and/or SENCo to discuss the needs of the pupil/s. During this visit the practitioner will work with the pupil/s and teacher in the physical lducation lesson. Following this visit, the practitioner will provide the school with advice and strategies to support the pupil/s to access meaningful and purposeful lessons.

The Practitioners:

  • Over 25 years’ experience working with children with sensory, physical, learning impairments and autism
  • Experienced course deliverers
  • Experience working with SENCOs, occupational and physiotherapists, and impairment teams
  • 25 years experience within mainstream and special schools

Half day consultation costs £200 and includes support material/ideas and strategies with a possible follow up visit. This support offer fits within the criteria for the Sport Premium funding. For more details or information on this Primary Support offer please contact Anne-Marie Riddle, Lead for YST Inclusion/Project Ability.

Primary School Sport newsletter

We will produce a termly newsletter updating subscribers on the latest news from the Department for Education, Sport England and the Headteacher Advocates group including case studies of best practice. If you wish to receive the newsletter, please contact Shelley Woods directly.