The COVID-19 crisis has had an impact on virtually every aspect of our lives.
For children, all at once, they were unable to go to school, see their friends or, for a long time, spend more than 1 hour per day outdoors. A concerning consequence of these necessary restrictions has been the drastic drop in children’s activity levels.
In fact, it dropped so low that just 19% of children were meeting the recommended 1 hour of physical activity per day.
Many have been deprived of the benefits on physical and mental health associated with sports and physical activity at a time when those benefits were needed most.
We know that you care about your pupils’ health – we do too.
What we can do
With schools reopening amid a global pandemic, you have the monumental responsibility of nurturing your pupils’ development with an array of restrictions in society to ensure safety.
Government have set out guidelines for the safe delivery of high-quality PE using the PE and Sport Premium.
But, with so many new strategies to consider across the board, it will be challenging to provide physical education to the standard your pupils so desperately need.
This is where PE Curriculum Support (PECS) comes in.
What is PECS?
The PECS programme is an effective, sustainable investment for your PE and Sport Premium. It is more than a mere 1-day training course or standalone activity – instead, it takes a holistic approach to embed PE across your entire school.
PECS provides high-quality learning being the only programme of its kind recognised by the Association for Physical Education Professional Development Board. Primarily a mentoring process, PECS offers regular and ongoing support to empower teachers to raise physical education and activity levels in a way that lasts.
We have a proven record of helping schools drastically improve:
- Progress tracking
- Teacher confidence
- Staff subject knowledge
With our help, your teaching staff will get professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively to all pupils.
Everything we do is underpinned by robust data and our approach is constantly evolving to meet the demands of the UK’s primary schools.
With this in mind, we’ve recently made some adaptations to PECS to comply with government guidelines, maintain safe delivery and ensure your school’s PE doesn’t suffer from the fall-out of COVID-19.
Let us help you embed physical activity across your school.
Government guidelines for COVID-19 safety
We’ve adapted our approach into a robust, safe methodology in order to support you in meeting government guidelines for high-quality physical education.
What practical steps have we taken?
Teachers now have the option to do their initial meeting with their PECS mentor online.
PECS folders will be posted out to schools in advance of the initial meeting.
Only the teacher will handle the PECS folder.
Updated online PECS portal for mentors to access additional features.
Risk assessments in line with school policies are created in advance.
So, whether it’s delivering from a safe zone or supporting the teacher at a distance, your PECS mentor will provide the guidance needed to support your pupils learning with safe activities personalised to your school.
Your teachers are highly skilled experts in the classroom. The PECS programme helps them transfer those skills into the PE environment in a safe, sustainable way.
Let us help your staff teach PE confidently and effectively to improve outcomes for pupils and, crucially, keep everyone safe.