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PULSE Overall Effectiveness

A key aspect of the judgement on overall effectiveness is the Inspectors’ perspective on how effective the provision is for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC). While this may not immediately appear to be linked to the Physical Education curriculum, a closer look reveals some interesting links. Within the School Inspection Handbook (Sept.2015), Inspectors are advised that, among other indicators, SMSC development of pupils can be shown by their;

 use of imagination and creativity in their learning

 ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives

 understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions

 use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils

 willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively

Sources of Support:

 Use the Sainsbury’s School Games website to get ideas for intra and inter school competition http:// sports/level-1-primary

 Invest in the ‘Assessing without Levels in Physical Education’

 willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities

Compare this to the National curriculum PE ‘Purpose of Study’, which clearly states that;

‘Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect’, and the programmes of Study for Key Stage 1 and 2, which include the requirement for pupils too;

 participate in team games

 be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations,

 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.

Add to this the fact that sporting activities are governed by clear sets of rules, enforced by a referee, offering opportunities to learn about the need for rules and respect, and the potential role of PE in embedding SMSC across the school becomes clear.

This is reflected in one of the grade descriptors for Overall Effectiveness, which reads;

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‘The school’s thoughtful and wide- ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their physical well-being enables pupils to thrive’.

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Lastly, we come to the new judgement with the framework and, potentially, the judgement offering greatest scope for a contribution from PE and School Sport. Within the grade descriptor for outstanding, under this heading, comes the following statement; ‘Pupils can explain accurately and confidently how to keep themselves healthy. They make informed choices about healthy eating, fitness and their emotional and mental well-being’. Considered in the context of the PE Premium, with its emphasis on improving the health of pupils, this offers schools a golden opportunity to utilise the PE funding for school improvement. PE Leaders must work closely with senior leaders and teachers with responsibility for Healthy Schools to fully explore how the PE Premium can be used to bring about health benefits for pupils in the school.

PE can also be instrumental in developing and reinforcing a whole school ethos linked to other elements of this judgement, such as self- discipline and attitudes to learning; resilience, a growth mindset, aspiration and being the best that you can be. A carefully planned curriculum that promotes the notion of competition against oneself, the value of practice alongside the celebration of effort and achievement, overcoming perceived limitations (e.g: in Outdoor and Adventurous Activities) and pupils as coaches / leaders to support, encourage and nurture each other can be a key component of the personal development of pupils.

Sources of Support:

 Watch out for the new county ‘Quality Standards Framework for a Whole School Approach to Health and Physical Activity’ from Kent Sport.

 Contact your local School Games Organiser to introduce a Change for Life Physical Activity club at your school.

 Book a place on KCC’s course ‘Using the PE Premium to Close the Attainment Gap for Vulnerable Pupils’. Further details from cpdonline, course code SCH16 / 271

 Invest in the ‘Assessing without Levels in Physical Education’ resource from Blueprint Consultancy, which includes a Healthy Living Journal for monitoring pupils’ lifestyle choices and perceptions of PE, Sport and Physical Activity. Still a snip at £50 plus VAT!


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