How to plan an inclusive primary school Sports Day

A key date in the school sports calendar is coming up.

Sports Day is a chance to celebrate physical activity, improve teamwork, develop social skills, create healthy competition, build resilience and inspire active lives.

But with opportunity comes responsibility.

It’s your job to plan your primary school’s Sports Day, but it’s also your job to stay on top of everything else whilst doing it.

And it’s not just the time it takes. You also want the day to be engaging, inclusive, educational and enjoyable for pupils, teachers and parents. And you need to strike the right balance between competition and fun.

So, how can you do all that with speed and ease?

With this ready-to-go Inclusive Sports Day resource.

A free downloadable resource you can use to plan a circuit-based Sports Day for all ages and abilities at your primary school.

How does the resource help you plan your primary school Sports Day?

The printable booklet ensures you’ve got all the key...

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Get a bespoke action plan for your school’s remaining PE and sport premium

94,000 fewer children and young people were active in the 2020-2021 academic year compared to 2018-2019

The number of children with a probable mental health disorder has increased from one in nine in 2017 to one in six in 2021

And so, if there was ever a time to make sure you’re making the most of your PE and sport premium, it’s now.

You’ve got until the end of this academic year to spend your premium in full, which includes any unspent funds rolled over as a result of the pandemic.

There’s so many ways to spend the premium, but how do you know what will have the most impact on your school and pupils specifically?

Get bespoke recommendations by completing the Primary School PE Scorecard


What is the Primary School PE Scorecard?

The Department for Education (DfE) states that schools should use their premium to secure improvements in 5 key indicators:

  • Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  • The profile of PE and sport is raised...
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S3 Ep6 – The Primary PE Huddle: “You’re not on your own”


This week on the podcast we’re joined by class teacher and PE Coordinator Louisa Mulvey.

Who is Louisa Mulvey?

Louisa is a qualified teacher based in Hampshire. Louisa has been working in primary schools since 2014 where her career began on the sunny, leafy side of Wimbledon Village. Louisa spent three years teaching PE exclusively before qualifying in 2017 where she managed the role of class teacher alongside PE coordinator.

Louisa’s teaching journey began after graduating university armed with a 2:2 in Sports Science and minimal career advice. During summers Louisa worked as a children’s camp manager. The company proceeded to offer Louisa a job as a site manager/PE teacher/lunchtime supervisor/afterschool club manager/ competition coordinator. The following three years saw Louisa manage numerous apprentices alongside the continuation of full-time teaching.

At the beginning of Louisa’s third year in teaching she decided she needed to progress her...

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S3 Ep5 – The Primary PE Huddle: Engagement over compliance


This week on the podcast we welcome two of the team from Wodensfield Primary School, Deputy Headteacher Liam Gould and PE Lead Teresa Shackleton.

Who is Liam Gould?

Liam is Deputy Headteacher of Wodensfield Primary School. Liam has over twenty years’ experience working in schools and leadership roles, but his passion has always been in sport and PE. 

From a young age Liam’s parents provided him with lots of opportunities to play and participate in different sports.  Liam’s first official participation in sport was playing for a local junior football team, as he moved into his teens this expanded to cricket, tennis, table tennis and golf.  This engagement with sports has continued into adulthood. Liam continues to play golf and has a handicap of 5, he coaches his son’s (U12’s) and daughter’s (U9’s) football teams, valuing the chance to provide his own children and their teammates with key opportunities to lead...

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How do you know if you’re spending your PE and sport premium effectively?

You have until 31st July to publish the details of your PE and sport premium spend on your school’s website.

The Department for Education (DfE) monitors your online reporting to make sure the premium is being used for its purpose: to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA) provided.

Misuse can result in a school having to repay the premium and future payments being withheld.

So, how do you make sure you’re spending the premium effectively?

You need to benchmark your PESSPA provision against the DfE’s five key indicators.

Here we’ll show you how.


What are the DfE’s 5 key indicators?

First, a reminder of the DfE’s indicators of effective usage:

  • Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  • The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and...
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S3 Ep4 – The Primary PE Huddle: “My PE teachers were my heroes”


This week on the podcast we welcome United Learning’s Head of Sport Shaun Dowling. 

Who is Shaun Dowling?

Shaun is Head of Sport at United Learning, a national group of primary, secondary and all-through schools across the state and independent sectors. As Head of Sport, Shaun supports Heads of PE and Directors of Sport in further improving the quality of their PE curriculum, school sport programmes and physical activity provision; Shaun ensures they’re using the power of sport to assist young people with their wider educational development.

Shaun is a former Head of PE and Director of Specialism, having progressed to Deputy Headship in two specialist sports colleges. 

Having trained at the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education, Shaun later gained his MA(Ed) from Southampton University. He achieved his NPQH before the opportunity arose to undertake a national role in the education team at the Youth Sport Trust (YST). 

Shaun’s extensive...

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S3 Ep3 - The Primary PE Huddle: “Let's make learning irresistible”



In the words of a Key Stage 2 pupil, this week’s podcast guest “is a genius”.

For episode 3 of The Primary PE Huddle, we welcome Tagtiv8  founder Bryn Llewellyn.


Who is Bryn Llewellyn?

Bryn worked in multiple UK schools for over 20 years as a teacher and school leader. In 2012, Bryn founded Tagtiv8. His pioneering approach to Physically Active Learning (PAL) provides a valuable and enjoyable alternative to classroom-based learning – crucial when challenging the increasing problem of sedentary lifestyles.

Research by Leeds Beckett University demonstrates that Tagtiv8 PAL solutions tackle inactivity and obesity levels, as well as impacting positively on academic performance. Following this research, Dr Andy Daly-Smith and Bryn Llewellyn co-delivered their TEDx Talk.

And Bryn’s work doesn’t stop there, he’s also co-director of Move & Learn (CIC), and education consultant for the BBC and Premier League...

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S3 Ep2: Once you’ve got the ear of SLT, then it’s about delivering on your promises, John Haycock


This week on the podcast we’re joined by primary school PE lead John Haycock.

Who is John Haycock?

John has been a teacher at Chilcote primary school for 11 years, both as PE and class teacher.

Joining the school with a view to take over PE, John completed his NQT and became PE lead in his second year. 10 years on, John’s passion for sport and physical activity combined with his drive has put PE, school sport and physical activity at the heart of school life 

What’s discussed in the episode?

  • Where to go to get support as a PE lead
  • The role of a PE lead over the last 10 years
  • Observing lessons - best practice
  • Making PE and physical activity the heart of school life
  • Helping children to become young leaders
  • Opportunities for those less active
  • Split role as a class teacher and a PE lead
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S3 Ep1 - The Primary PE Huddle: “We don’t move for functional reasons, we move for the joy of it.”



 The Primary PE Huddle is back for Series 3 with a whole new host of experts from across the sport and physical activity sector.

To kick off the series, we welcome Greg Dryer, co-founder and CEO of miMove.


Who is Greg Dryer?

Greg is the co-founder and CEO of miMove, the world’s first bespoke app enabling schools to help pupils make physical activity a normal and regular part of their lives. 

Prior to the creation of miMove, Greg was founder and director of the Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity at Kingston University (CPESA) after a long teaching career that afforded him the opportunity to work with all ages from pre-school through to post-grad. 

Greg is a highly experienced physical educator and critical thinker, having led PE departments in three London schools before moving into higher education. 

Greg’s work disrupts exclusive practices in PE and sport. Drawing inspiration from psychology, critical theory,...

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New course: A Recovery Curriculum - Planning a new approach to Physical Education, physical activity and school sport

The Covid-19 pandemic has not been a linear process. Just as we think life is getting back to ‘normal’, another variant comes along and everything changes. As teachers, what and how you teach your children is constantly in review, and the need to tend to children’s mental and physical health stays high on the agenda.

The term ‘Recovery Curriculum’ has been used by various people in various ways. In essence, it is about taking into account the experiences of the past two years and adapting what we do in light of those experiences.

Our new Recovery Curriculum course  helps you to navigate your way through this process.  

The central intentions for the course are to: 

  • Understand why a recovery curriculum is important at this time
  • Understand how physical education, physical activity and school sport can be used as a whole school platform, embedded throughout the day
  • Give you the knowledge, understanding and ability to enable...
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