Through the School Games and a network of 50 lead Project Ability schools in England, each selected for their established expertise in engaging young disabled people, schools can improve the quality, and extend the provision, of physical activity for disabled pupils.
Inclusion Lead Schools are part of the School Games, and include:
- bespoke training, developed by the Youth Sport Trust, to provide local advice and guidance to School Games Organisers and host schools
- the establishment and implementation of even more local competitive opportunities for young disabled people
- the development of school club activities.
In West Yorkshire there are two host Inclusion Lead schools – Newsome High School in Kirklees and West SILC in Leeds. These schools co-ordinate a project group which includes School Games Organisers from each district, the School Games lead and a member of the Yorkshire Sport Foundation. The purpose of the group is to increase the number of inclusive Level 1 and 2 school games events and to ensure that these events are also included at Level 3 of the School Games.
Project Ability is also a way to access the TOP Sportsability resources and the Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive PE Training.
Schools whose pupils need more substantial or significant help can utilise the TOP Sportsability resource, available free from the Youth Sport Trust. Through the use of video and downloadable documents the resource has three easy to follow sections to guide practitioners on how to adapt formats for a range of abilities and settings:
- a manual for CPD and sports leadership
- a disability sports section with sports and adapted games
- a sports adaptations section offering more traditional sports and their adapted format