New Primary School Portal Launched

New Primary School Portal Launched

Posted: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:30

New Primary School Portal Launched

A brand new website has been launched to help primary schools recruit and develop sports coaches as part of a £450million Olympic legacy.

The government will give Primary Schools across England more than £150million a year to help improve PE, with a 250 pupil school set to receive around £9,000.

The web portal, launched by Sports Coach UK, will provide advice and support on how to effectively use the government funding as well as information on recruiting and developing coaches.

Edward Timpson, Children and Families Minister, who appears in one of a series of films created to coincide with the launch, said: "We want all primary school children to play and enjoy sport, so they keep up the healthy habit for life.

"Our PE and Sports Premium is helping to transform PE lessons – and enabling schools to hire extra coaches, buy new equipment and run free after school classes.

Research has shown that since the introduction of the PE and Sports Premium 9/10 schools have seen an improvement in their PE lessons and John Driscoll, Executive Director of Sport Coach UK is certain the new portal will have further benefits, he said: "We're pleased that the majority of primary schools are using specialist sports coaches to support their teachers in the delivery of PE and sport.

"We know that identifying, recruiting and deploying the right coach is a tough task. The Coaching in Schools Portal is a free source of objective advice on everything head teachers and PE co-ordinators need to recruit and deploy coaches to support their staff, effectively and sustainably."

The first Bedfordshire and Luton Primary PE Conference will take part on the 26th March 2015. The conference is fully booked but there is limited availability for the keynote speech and question time with Baroness Sue Campbell. To book email Gill Morrow at schoolgames@teambedsandluton.co.uk

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