1. SCHOOL GAMES MARK FRAMEWORK
The SCHOOL GAMES MARK traditionally exists as an annual award framework which aims to reward schools for their commitment to and development of Physical Education, School Sport, Physical Activity and specifically Competition. For the last 10 years, the Mark has continued to be the ONLY NATIONAL KITEMARK available that recognises these areas of practice and is directly linked to engagement in the School Games.
SCHOOL GAMES MARK 2019-20
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent school closures last academic year, the award administration was altered, but we are still pleased to report that a total of 68 GATESHEAD SCHOOLS were awarded the interim ‘School Games Engagement Award’ due to their ongoing commitment in this area (based on both physical and virtual engagement with our projects/programmes).
SCHOOL GAMES MARK 2020-21
Although it was hoped that the current academic year would see the resumption of the School Games Mark in its traditional form, circumstances have meant this has not been possible. As a result of this, a decision was made to re-position the School Games Mark framework for 2020-21, which has seen it utilised as a self-review tool. This has provided schools with a valuable opportunity to reflect on their practice and inform a robust plan for linking engagement with whole school improvement as we plan for the future. Indeed, this has represented an ideal way to align school priorities to your PE & Sport Premium funding, demonstrating a considered and thorough approach to its use.
The School Games Mark Framework completion window will close on Friday 28th May, re-opening during the final half term of this academic year with 2 additional questions for schools that are already engaged in the Framework.
We are pleased to annouce that the following Gateshead Schools have successfuly completed the Framework and can may access their digital certificate which can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
|Birtley East Community Primary School||Highfield Community Primary School|
|Blaydon West Primary School||Kibblesworth Academy|
|Caedmon Community Primary School||Larkspur Community Primary School|
|Chopwell Primary School||Oakfield Junior School|
|Clover Hill Community Primary School||Portobello Primary School|
|Colegate Community Primary School||Riverside Primary Academy|
|Crookhill Community Primary School||Roman Road Primary School|
|Dunston Hill Community Primary School||Rowlands Gill Community Primary School|
|Emmaville Primary School||South Street Community Primary School|
|Eslington Primary School||St Agnes' Catholic Primary School|
|Falla Park Community Primary School||St Joseph's Catholic Junior School, Birtley|
|Front Street Community Primary School||St Oswald's Catholic Primary, Wrekenton|
|Gibside School||St Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary School|
|Grace College||Swalwell Primary School|
|Greenside Primary School||Whickham School|
|Harlow Green Community Primary School||Winlaton West Lane Community Primary School|
2. INCLUSIVE HEALTH CHECK
What is it?
• It is a resource that has been designed in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport
and allows you to self-review your provision of inclusive School Games opportunities.
• It takes the form of a simple self-review made up of just 20 questions which all require no more than a yes/no answer.
• There is no pass/fail associated with the IHC. Once you submit your answers the only thing to happen is
that you will be provided with a personalised action plan and top tips to support you in the future.
Why complete it?
• The process and the questions are a great way to help you refect on your current school games provision and
how inclusive this is for all young people in your school. It will help you identify strengths and also establish
the areas for development which could then be supported by your Primary PE and Sport Premium
• You will be signposted to additional resources and given top tips to support you in the next steps of
ensuring your sport provision is inclusive for all.
• Completing the suggested actions can lead to increased opportunites, increased participation
and celebration of success which can be shared with children, parents and Ofsted.
How to complete it?
For guidance on how to complete the INCLUSIVE HEALTH CHECK, please download the IHC flyer by clicking HERE.
3. HIGH QUALITY COMPETITION PRINCIPLES LEARNING TOOL
The mission of the School Games is “keeping competitive sport at the heart of schools and providing more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best”. There are hundreds and thousands of competitions delivered throughout the country every year. However, are these competitions engaging more young people or just the same young people?
The vision of the School Games is that “by 2020 the School Games will be continuing to make a clear and meaningful difference to the lives of even more children and young people”. To be able to achieve this we need to consider our competition provision and the young people that we are trying to engage.
This short online learning module will introduce five principles of high quality competition that will support you when organising your intra-school competitions as well as when you are selecting young people to take part in inter-school competition. You can download additional informaiton by clicking HERE.