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Archive: August 2016

  • 18Aug

    The Olympic Legacy

    Having taken a break from this blog, I feel refreshed and ready to share my thoughts on various issues related to education over the next year.

    The Olympics are now well underway in Rio. How time flies. Four years ago I took a group of students to watch Olympic volleyball whilst other staff took youngsters to Olympic football, gymnastics, handball and basketball. I was lucky enough to get tickets for athletics and boxing via a ballot. Urswick was one of the schools chosen to line the route as competitors entered the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony.

    At Urswick we value school sport. Most young people have two hours per week of high quality PE lessons, making maximum use of our excellent indoor and outdoor facilities. Sports clubs also take place out of hours: from 7.30am, during lunchtime and after school.

    Looking at the photos from 2012, at least one of that group of students has studied A Level PE. Sport and Leisure is a sector which offers numerous employment opportunities. We have maintained the qualifications that the school offers in PE, despite the government introducing the EBACC at KS4 which has marginalised both PE and the Arts subjects. Students can take GCSE, A Level and BTEC PE and a number have continued, studying various sports related degrees at university.

    The legacy of any Olympics must be to encourage young people to adopt healthy lifestyles. Our provision of free school lunches for all students (saving working families over £300 per year) ensures everyone has a healthy meal. The school’s curriculum and out of hours offer ensures every student will be able to participate in a range of sports.

    This country urgently needs a new strategy for school sport and wellbeing. Too many young people leave their primary schools lacking basic fitness. The Government needs to play a greater role in supporting schools in the provision of high quality PE. Meanwhile, Urswick will play a small part in securing the Olympic legacy.

    Filed under: Headteacher's Blog - by Richard Brown @ 10:38