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We have successfully supported PE and school sport in the majority of Tameside schools for over 20 years. Our Coaching in Schools programme engages over 11,000 young people each week within the school setting.

We have a combined resource of over 100 professional sports coaches, Bikeability instructors and swimming teachers to deliver a range of services to support schools.

Our key areas

  • PE – Coaching in Schools programme
  • Bikeability – Cycle road safety programme
  • School swimming – Curriculum
  • Cook4Life – Family healthy eating programme
  • Active Body Active Mind – mental wellbeing programme
  • Little Bikers – Early years pre-pedal programme
  • Fuel 4 Fun – funded school holiday camps
  • Fuel 4 Fun Plus – Children’s Health & Wellbeing Improvement programme

Contact details

Gavin Browne – Head of Active Education – gavin.browne@activetameside.com / 07525 130 996 

Andy Dwyer – Head of Sport & Physical Activity – andrew.dwyer@activetameside.com

Nicola Lawton – Swimming Development Manager – nicola.lawton@activetameside.com

PE and School Sport in Tameside – Primary Schools

Active Tameside provides high quality physical education curriculum, inspiring all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

This provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.

PE Curriculum Delivery

Active Tameside provides high quality physical education curriculum, inspiring all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. This provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.

Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. The programme fully integrates the national curriculum for physical education aims, to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time.
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities.
  • Lead healthy, active lives.
  • Understand the purpose of good nutrition values.
See what our partner primary schools say about us:

“The coach has been modelling skills well to pupils and teaching skills rather than sports. He sets differentiated aims for each lesson and writes them on his whiteboard which staff love and always goes back to it at the end of the lesson to see what the pupils have learnt. He is very knowledgeable about a range of sports and enthusiastic when teaching them. He plans nice activities for Nursery and is very patient with them.” – Broadbent Fold Primary School, Dukinfield

 

“The coach is playing an important part in helping the development of staff CPD.  He always has time to answer staff questions during sessions and explains ideas giving teachers a better insight to the teaching of PE.” – Rosehill Primary Academy, Ashton-Under- Lyne

 

“It’s been great working with the dance coach this half term. She has planned cheer routines for the upcoming Cheer Fest and consulted with me regarding costumes, names and cheers. She always catches up with me at lunch time and is eager to be involved/help with all aspects of Dance. It is always a pleasure to work with her, she is pro-active, professional and passionate about her job which is lovely to see!” – Parochial Primary School, Ashton-Under- Lyne

 

“The sports coach has settled brilliantly into school in such a short period of time. He has formed great relationships with the children and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. The children are thoroughly enjoying his sessions and his lessons are engaging and exciting. He has gone above and beyond in being flexible during the lockdown period and in a relative short time he has formed great relationships with the staff team.” – Stalyhill Infants School, Stalybridge

 

“High levels of engagement in classes and behaviour during lessons has been excellent or has been dealt with accordingly by the coach. After school clubs have been well attended and well received.” – St Mary’s Primary School, Glossop

Staffing of the programme

All teaching within school is delivered by Level 3 Association for Physical Education (afPE) qualified PE educators, who also hold National Governing Body (NGB) Level 2 coaching qualifications, which is an Ofsted recommendation.

Lesson plans are divided into specific year groups, which can be used by teachers to assist with the PE curriculum and enrichment planning.

Lesson content

Schemes of work for all programme elements in the KS1 & KS2 PE national curriculum are provided on a teacher lesson plan support portal, of which schools are given a unique username and password. The portal can be found here.

“All pupils leaving primary school should be physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.”

– Association for Physical Education

Pupil attainment and development

Progress assessments are completed each half term for every pupil and discussed with the PE subject lead and class teachers, which will then form the basis for an end of year PE report, examining child development and individual attainment against the PE national curriculum assessment framework.

KS2 fitness tracker – fitness development

To help with evidencing the impact of the PE premium funding, we have developed and piloted our KS2 fitness tracker. The tracker engages with every pupil in KS2 and provides them with a series of fitness based field tests throughout the school year.

All tests have been developed with our university partner, Salford University, and over the first year we recorded an overall increase in pupils’ fitness in KS2 of 78%. Tests are carried our as follows over the year and then schools are given data termly on each child, to show progression:

  • Test 1 – autumn term.
  • Test 2 – winter term.
  • Test 3 – summer term.
Benefits from the PE curriculum delivery
  • High quality PE lessons with clear learning objectives and outcomes.
  • Assessment of every pupil half termly against the outcomes of the PE National Curriculum to show child progression and attainment.
  • Teacher lesson plan support portal which houses over 300 year-specific lesson plans accompanied by year specific PE National Curriculum frameworks.
  • Delivery of the fitness tracker programme for all KS2 pupils three times per year that will show the impact of the programme along with progression of pupil’s personal fitness levels.
  • Use of portable whiteboards and ICT to encourage visual learning and pupil self-evaluation.
  • Development of a school PE/sport development plan in consultation with the lead teacher for PE.
  • Quality assurance and mentoring framework to support all schools and coaches in consultation with school staff through a dedicated Senior Sports Coach.
  • Development of school to club links through the Active Tameside Sport & Physical Activity Network www.tamesidesportsnetwork.co.uk.
  • Provision of Outdoor Education activities.
  • Play leaders courses for year 5/6 children to build confidence and support the development of future leaders and coaches.
  • A high quality solution to your PPA cover needs that will support the school curriculum and are also used for Teacher CPD.
  • 10 FREE Active Tameside gift vouchers per year for schools enrolled on the Coaching in School scheme.
Extra curricular PE delivery

Give every pupil the chance to increase sport participation and introduce them to different sports.

Choose from 9 core focus sports plus dance. We also offer alternative sports such as dodgeball, tri-golf, archery, cycling and much more.

Benefits

  • Opportunities to engage in PE and sport for all young people.
  • Increase participation of school PE and sport through extended school hours provision.
  • Further develop pupils’ skills and fitness.
  • Signposting pupils to community sports clubs to further encourage a healthy lifestyle.
  • Opportunities for children to become involved in the organisation and leadership of activities by undertaking a PE young leaders award.
  • Raising the importance of being active and making healthy food choices to parents and pupils.

“The children have made excellent progress and enjoy their PE lessons immensely. The impact the Active Tameside coaching programme is having on our participation at after school clubs and school games tournaments has been fantastic. Thank you.”

– Livingstone Primary School, Mossley

“The coach is playing an important part in helping the development of staff CPD.  He always has time to answer staff questions during sessions and explains ideas giving teachers a better insight to the teaching of PE.” – Rosehill Primary Academy, Ashton-Under- Lyne

Cycling in Tameside Schools

Little Bikers

A fundamental starting point for children’s cycling – balance bike sessions are aimed at children aged two and a half up to six years old.

Bikeability

Gives young people the skills and confidence to cycle on today’s challenging roads – cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give pupils an understanding of cycling road rules in real time situations.

Little Bikers

A fundamental starting point for children’s cycling.

Balance bike sessions are aimed at children aged two and a half to six years old.

Sessions provide a natural lead in to the Bikeability sessions for schools.

Balance bike sessions involve various fun activities that build confidence, spatial awareness and improve dynamic balancing skills, enabling children to cycle without the need of stabilisers.

6 x 1 hour sessions are recommended to see an improvement in a child’s cycling ability and allow sessions to flow and progress each week.

Course provides:

  • Up to 32 children per session.
  • Flexible sessions for your requirements.
  • 16 pre-pedal bikes.
  • 16 helmets.
  • All equipment needed.

For more information, email: mike.jones@activetameside.com

Bikeability

Giving young people the skills and confidence to cycle on today’s challenging roads.

Bikeability is cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give pupils and understanding of cycling road rules in real time situations. Bikeability consists of four two-hour sessions, run over four consecutive days, teaching cycling manoeuvres, signalling and road safety.

The first day involves all pupils completing level one and the final three days involve successful level one pupils completing level two.

Course provides:

High visibility jackets.
10 mountain bikes, if pupils do not have access to their own bike or if it is not in a road worthy condition.
A helmet for each pupil.
A certificate and badge for all pupils.
Level 1

Demonstrate the skills and understanding to allow pupils to make a bike trip, teaching them how to undertake activities safely in a traffic-free environment.

Level 2

Demonstrate the skills and understanding to allow pupils to make a safe trip, whether to school or for leisure, on quiet roads.

Bikeability Family!

We are excited to announce that free Bikeability Family Cycle Training is here at Active Tameside.

For more information, email: mike.jones@activetameside.com

“Active Tameside’s coaches in schools scheme provides an outstanding service. The children benefit hugely from the excellent teaching and the wide range of PE activities/sports both in and outside of the curriculum.” – St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Stalybridge

Swimming in Tameside Schools

Active Tameside deliver the Swim Teachers Association (STA) School Swimming Academy programme to ensure the quality of learning and progression remain at the forefront of every swimming lesson.

Specifically designed for primary school aged pupils, STA’s programme meets National Curriculum requirements for strokes and distances, whilst also ensuring pupils develop water confidence, key lifesaving and water safety skills.

What is it?

Active Tameside delivers the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) School Swimming Academy Programme to ensure the quality of learning and progression remain at the forefront of every swimming lesson.

With many pupils leaving school having not learned to swim at least 25 metres unaided, STA have created this programme to encourage skill development and enjoyment of the water, with the outcome to increase the number of pupils leaving school with water confidence and water safety awareness.

Specifically designed for primary school aged pupils, STA’s programme meets National Curriculum requirements for strokes and distances, whilst also ensuring pupils develop water confidence, and key lifesaving and water safety skills.

Unlike other award schemes, the eight-stage programme encompasses skills in strokes, distance, lifesaving skills and water safety, and encourages learners to go beyond the requirement to be able to swim 25 metres by the time they leave primary school.

We have long maintained that the 25-metre aim is too low a target for youngsters, so in our school swimming programme, we’ve set this achievement at level 5. This means that learners have the change to further develop their skills and become better and safer swimmers through levels 6-8.

The benefits

This is about ensuring learners are well-rounded and informed swimmers – not competitive swimmers – which is why we have broken it down into eight awards that mark key achievements in their progress.

It’s also about encouraging learners to be motivated at every stage of the programme. We have struck an excellent balance between meeting the needs of the national curriculum and ensuring that swimmers are confident.

Benefits

  • New Swimming Teachers Association (STA) school swimming framework.
  • Experience swimming instructors.
  • Lessons designed to work pupils towards the achievement of national curriculum standards in swimming at key stage 2.
  • Half termly assessment data based around national curriculum attainment.
  • An invitation to a summer term school swimming gala, with a chance for pupils to compete.
  • Water safety lesson delivered at the pool at the end of each term.
  • Transport provided if required.
National Curriculum Outcomes

Pupils will work towards the following National Curriculum outcomes:

  • Pacing themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival.
  • The programme encourages pupils to surpass the national curriculum standard of 25m (award 5) and they are given the opportunity to develop their skills further through awards 6-8.
  • Recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back.
  • A range of recognised strokes and personal survival skills, for example; front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface diving.

Swimming sessions are available in blocks of 12, 24 or 36 weeks, at 40 minutes for each session, over the school year. Transport can be provided where needed and additional swimming sessions can be purchased during the summer term to extend the opportunities for pupils’ learning.

Popular Street Primary School Project

We currently run a project with Poplar Street Primary School, using PE and Pupil Premium funding, to enable swimmers to access further swimming lessons outside of their school swimming lessons.

Pupils are able to join Active Tameside’s Swim School scheme at a reduced cost by the school funding half the cost of the private lessons and the parents funding half the cost. The scheme is also available to all schools in Tameside.

For more information, email: nicola.lawton@activetameside.com

“All of our children make excellent progress.” – Ashton West End Primary School, Ashton-under-Lyne

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