School Sport Survey: How to set up Cluster Planning

Sports:

Multi-sport

Location:

Carmarthenshire

When Ysgol y Strade received their School Sport Survey results in 2013, they were quick off the mark to draft an action plan. What's more, they planned collaboratively with their cluster primary schools. 

Their approach is now being rolled out across Carmarthenshire and has been admired here at Sport Wales.  

We tracked down Ysgol y Strade's Head of PE Sioned Hancock, as well as Carmarthenshire Active Young People Officer Matthew Adams, to share their tips.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

We already had a strong relationship with the primary schools in our area. We meet once a term to plan activities for the primary school pupils to enjoy at Ysgol y Strade.

But if you're starting from scratch, secondary schools can offer to take taster sessions out to the primaries. Or ask the Primary PE Coordinators if there are areas where they would appreciate mentoring or taster sessions.

USE SURVEY RESULTS TO KICK OFF JOINT WORKING

The survey is a really good opportunity to pull the PE staff from the cluster together.

Although we had all been working together for years, the 2013 survey results served as a turning point for us because we started planning together and in the same way.

It helped us to identify goals and targets because the survey formalises what you need to achieve. It made us more proactive with our time - we saw what needed to be done and we got on with it.

SCHOOL SPORTS COUNCILS ARE YOUR MAGIC INGREDIENT

Make sure you've got a strong School Sports Council and you'll feel as if you can achieve anything!

At Ysgol y Strade, we invited the primaries to bring their Year 6 Young Ambassadors to share ideas with our council. Meanwhile, you can spend time discussing issues with the PE Coordinators. It's a good way of getting them to the school!

The School Sports Council was also central to our planning. I broke down the survey results into a set of questions to discuss. Don't present everything - it's too much! They shared ideas and we turned these into specific targets, such as arranging a cycling and racquets festival to respond to the demand for these sports.

Finally, senior leadership and Estyn are so keen on pupil voice so involve your School Sports Council in identifying targets and ask them to present their ideas to senior leadership. It's very difficult to argue against pupil voice.

ACTION PLAN TOGETHER

At a cluster meeting, involving the School Sports Council and the Year 6 Young Ambassadors, we came up with some ideas. They don't have to be life-changing - just events or activities.

We set three targets per school and one shared cluster target. I put together a couple of Action Plan examples to share with the primary schools. I made it as simple as possible so I didn't put anyone off.

We then shared our Action Plans with each other and with the Local Education Authority.

WHAT CAN YOU DO BETTER?

We organised an after-school racquets club for primary pupils at Ysgol y Strade. Transport was an issue and perhaps we should have put on buses. If we did it again, we'd probably work with local community clubs. If there wasn't a local club for those sports, we'd try and set something up.

WORKING TOGETHER ACHIEVES MORE

If you're all doing the same thing, you can share ideas and pool resources and have a much greater impact.

 

 

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