Around 80 teachers from across Bradford heard from industry experts at the third annual Active Bradford PE Conference last week.
Taking place at the University of Bradford, keynote speakers included Elaine Wyllie, founder of the world-renowned Daily Mile initiative, and physical activity expert, Dr. William Bird MBE.
Teachers were provided with updates and guidance on the Primary PE and Sport Premium, government funding for primary school PE that has been doubled for the current academic year due to additional money raised by what is commonly known as the ‘sugar tax’.
Attendees also heard from the Association for Physical Education and organisers of the Bradford School Games.
Teachers were encouraged to sign their schools up to the Active Bradford PE pledge which commits schools to ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to take part in and enjoy an active lifestyle. More than 100 schools across the district are already signed up.
The event was organised by Yorkshire Sport Foundation on behalf of Active Bradford, a partnership of organisations committed to making Bradford a healthier and more prosperous place to live and work.
The conference was opened by Chair of Active Bradford, Wayne Jacobs, who said: “To deliver on what we’ve set out in the Active Bradford strategy, we need to start young.
“School years shape a person life in so many ways and physical activity is no exception. We all know there are increasing pressures on schools to achieve results and it is all too easy for physical education and school sport to take a back seat. However, we know – and evidence proves – that being active can support so many of the other outcomes that schools need to achieve and it can have such a positive impact on a young person’s life.”
Dan Wilson, Primary PE lead for Yorkshire Sport Foundation, commented: “It was a timely event for teachers to find out more about the Primary PE Premium and how they can best use it for the benefit of their pupils. The new focus on physical activity for all pupils has been a very clear theme and teachers will have learnt about lots of innovating and engaging ways to get more children active.”
For more information on Active Bradford visit activebradford.com