If you're in need of some inspiration, the Vale of Glamorgan's
Active Young People Coordinator, Ben Williams is here to talk
through their approach.
GIVE TEACHERS OWNERSHIP
One thing I always say is this is not the Vale of Glamorgan's
survey and it's not Sport Wales'. It belongs to the school.
Our role is to encourage the schools to acknowledge ownership
and help them use the information in the best possible way.
At St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, the 5x60 officer
analysed the results and presented a summary to all staff at the
start of the Spring term. The teachers were given responsibility to
disseminate information to pupils within form groups.
We gained brilliant feedback from pupils about what they thought
of the results and the activities they wanted. It shaped the
school's sports delivery and was especially useful for older girls
in Year 10 and above when you start seeing lower participation
PSE lessons also focussed on the data and looked at health
related benefits of sport as well as the impact of sport on
USE PUPIL VOICE POWER
At Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School, we undertook a joint
project with the then PESS team and a project facilitation
consultancy around pupil voice.
We involved Year 10 pupils who hadn't shown much interest in
sport and fitness. They were known as the Pupil Voice group. They
analysed the data, liaised with pupils and introduced new
activities and fitness sessions. They also introduced a Friendship
Booking at the school gym because the data showed us that pupils
wanted to exercise with friends.
A new PE kit was also introduced and the changing rooms were
even adapted. More dividers were installed so there was more
privacy. It meant pupils felt more comfortable attending extra
curricular sessions. Beforehand, Year 7s and Year 11s would have to
change in the same space which some found intimidating and
As a local authority, we avoided a scattergun approach. While we
wrote to all schools and offered the opportunity to work with us,
we targeted those most in need.
We identified the four primaries that were the lowest performing
and offered to help improve participation.
At Gladstone Primary, for example, we introduced a Young Leaders
programme. 54% of pupils there had taken part in extra curricular
sport once that year. The national average was 79%. Enjoyment and
decision-making were also lower than the national averages.
We trained 26 Year 5 and 6 pupils who were enthusiastic to make
a difference. The school kitted them out in high visability bibs so
they stood out in the playground.
They started running lunchtime clubs for younger pupils that
were so popular, it led to an after school club, all led by the
WOULD YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY?
When we get the results this time, we are learning from our
counterparts in South West Wales. We are developing simple template
action plans and are pulling together schools in clusters to look
at key results, where they need to improve and how they are going
to address findings.
Each member of our AYP team will be assigned schools to work
with. One thing we've learnt is that we need to share the workload
across more staff - the School Sport Survey is a priority for us
because it's having such a significant impact. This work will drive
the basis of our work over the next 18 months to two years.