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.
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
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
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
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.