New Resource Published to Help Guide Coach Recruitment in Schools

Posted: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:40

New Resource Published to Help Guide Coach Recruitment in Schools

Active Norfolk has released a new guide to support schools to maximise impact of coaches and make effective use of their Primary PE and Sport Premium.

The Guide to the Use of Coaches in Schools includes helpful process flowcharts to help schools work through their requirements and decide if a coach is required, processes for induction and integration into the school, useful templates to develop coaching action plans and observe coached sessions, and other practical advice and guidance.

Coaches can have a positive and far-reaching impact on pupils in a school setting. They can bring knowledge, skills, enthusiasm and passion, which in turn can lead to greater engagement from pupils in healthy and active lifestyles whether through supporting high quality lessons, engaging and diverse extra-curricular opportunities, or promoting exit routes out to clubs.

However, there are some important considerations when employing and deploying a coach, and this new guide provides practical support and guidance to support schools and coaches through these considerations to maximise the benefits for the schools, the pupils, and the coach.

Ben Jones, Director of Active Norfolk, said "The benefits of physical activity are well established, from improved physical and mental health to improved in-class cognitive functions and academic performance in young people. Positive early experiences of physical activity, sport and physical education are imperative to creating positive attitudes and behaviours relating to leading an active lifestyle.

We all have a responsibility to ensure that the deployment of coaches is as effective as possible to ensure the best possible outcomes for young people. This guide will help schools and coaches maximise their collective knowledge and skills to achieve exactly that, the best possible outcomes for Norfolk's young people."

The Primary PE and Sport Premium is £320 million per annum allocated to primary schools in England to improve provision of physical education and sport, which has been secured through 2020. Active Norfolk is funded by Sport England to provide free, impartial support, advice and guidance to schools to help maximise the impact of this funding.

This Guide, and the PE & Sport Premium: A Guide for Governors published in 2017, has been developed by Active Norfolk to support schools and school governors to ensure the Premium funding is used to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

The Guide to the Use of Coaches in Schools was written in collaboration with coaching providers and education improvement providers Premier Education, KJH Optimum Coaching, Vision ED and Educator Solutions.

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