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A great way to make good use of the Primary Premium is using qualified coaches in your schools.  As well as offering sport specific technical support and development to your pupils, a good coach can also help develop the PE skills of Primary School Teachers.

To support schools with the deployment of coaches in their schools there are a wide range of resources available to help ensure the relevant minimum standards of delivery are met.  >>more

Active Lives Survey - 30 Cumbrian Schools Selected

The new Ipsos MORI Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People launched at the end of summer term. This study is being run by Sport England and was developed with the Department for Education, the Department for Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Sport England is an insight led organisation tasked with the behavioural challenge of getting more people active. To create the right conditions to increase participation, to decide who is invested in and understand how sport can deliver wider objectives, they need a broad and deep understanding of participation in, and attitudes towards, sport and physical activity.

In December 2015, Government published its new strategy for sport (Sporting Future) extending Sport England’s responsibility down to 5 years old and hence they are developing this survey as a measure of engagement of children and young people in sport. 30 Schools in Cumbria have been selected to take part this term, with a further 30 next term.  Head Teachers have already been contacted and follow contacts will continue over the coming weeks, the contact in Cumbria is  >>more

ACPAT Tracker Mop Up Workshops

4 more Half-day PE Assessment and Participation Workshop for Primary Schools have been organised for those schools who could not make them last term. The dates and venues are:

Tuesday 7th November 2017 9.15 – 12.00 Harraby Community Centre, Carlisle
Friday 10th November 2017 9.15 – 12.00 Netherwood Hotel Grange
Tuesday 14th November 2017 9.15 – 12.00 Rugby Club, Penrith
Friday 17th November 2017 9.15 – 12.00 Fire Station, Workington

They are again being provided by Howard Todd (Ex-Cumbria PE/Primary Adviser and Associate Ofsted Inspector for PE). You can book by emailing or For more information view the flyer >>here

School Games Gymnastics

The Cumbria School Games Local Organising Committee have recently sent out the Handbook for the 2018 Cumbria School Games. This will be passed by SGO’s to each of their schools. The main area of change in rules is within the key steps gymnastics competition, and after consultation with schools, and lengthy discussions at LOC meetings, it has been agreed to revert back to the rules of the 2016 event, which means that all key steps competitions are for beginner gymnasts only.

Full details of the rules for all sports are available in the Handbook which you can read >>here

Autumn ACPEN Meetings

The Autumn term Active Cumbria PE Network meetings have taken place in 4 districts already this term.  Good discussions were held about the future direction of the groups with new ideas and good practice sharing being key topics.

Eden and Carlisle area meetings are still to be organised but one the dates are set they will go on the website where you can find dates for the whole year for Allerdale, Copeland, Furness and South Lakeland >>here

Cumbria Cricket Board Offer for Primary Schools

Cumbria Cricket Board have a new programme to offer schools.  It has been developed and designed with the Youth Sport Trust and England’s top coaches.

It is a bespoke KS1 programme similar to All Stars Cricket which includes aspects of Inspire, Play, Learn, Teach, Compete and Progress.  It meets the needs of Curriculum and OFSTED.  You can find out more >>here

Thompson's FC Pan Disability Football

Thompson's FC run Pan Disabilty Football sessions at Harraby Sport Campus in Carlisle. They have the option to split the sports hall into 2 and also have use of the 3G pitches.  The sessions take place on Thursday's 5.30pm - 6.30pm.  You can find out more on their Facebook page >>here

Cumbria Local Safeguarding Board Update Resources

Cumbria LSCB has updated its resource directory with an online version on the website.

The Support and Services for Families part of the website contains up to date information about local and national services and sources of support.

You can visit the website >>here

If you would like to add or update your service on our website please email

News from the Nation

Reaffimation from Minister on Doubling of Primary PE and Sport Premium

The Association for PE have had further communication with the Minister of State for Children and Families about the doubling of the premium.  You can read more about what was said >>here

Cheif Medical Officer's Guidelines For Infants and Young People

At the recent ACPEN meetings the Chief Medical Officer's Guidelines for 5 - 18 year olds were discussed.  It was agreed to share the infographic via this newsletter please find it >>here

Badminton England National Schools Championships

The National Schools Championships is Badminton England's largest youth badminton initiative, attracting entry from over 6,400 school badminton teams, featuring over 35,000 players each year.

Free for every secondary, middle and independent school in England to enter, the Championships are made up of four rounds of competitive badminton team match-play in different age categories and split by gender, full details >>here

Indoor Cycling Sessions

Tom Leivers from Go-Ride North West is currently taking bookings from High Schools for the opportunity to do an indoor cycling activity during December or January.

The activity would be delivered on stationary training bikes, Watt Bikes, in a classroom, gym or hall. The bikes can accommodate all age groups and no cycling experience is necessary.

Tom usually goes to a school and delivers during PE lessons and breaks. If you are interested in hearing more you can contact Tom by emailing

Trends in Child BMI

Latest figures from the National Child Measurement Programme reveal that the year on year increase in Year 6 children’s body mass index continues. This is in contrast with a significant downward trend in the prevalence of obesity among Reception boys in the period 2006/07 to 2015/16.

The inequality gap in overweight, obese and excess weight categories is increasing across the country for all age groups.

The new report shows the trends in body mass index in Reception and Year 6 children from 2005/06 to 2015/16 measured across England in the National Child Measurement Programme. Read more >>here

Rise Above Resources For Schools

Rise Above for Schools draws on content from the Rise Above website, a resource for young people aged 11-16, that aims to delay and prevent them from engaging in exploratory risky behaviours and promote good mental health.

On the School Zone, you will find Personal, Social and Health Education Association (PSHE Association) accredited lesson plans and support sheets for teachers to use in a classroom setting. >>more

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