Aspire:ED achieves CIMSPA ‘Enhancing’ status: A beacon of excellence in CPD training

cimspa Mar 27, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that following an extensive quality assurance check by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity)Aspire Training Solutions and Aspire:ED has been awarded “Enhancing” status—the highest level of quality ratings that an education provider can achieve.

Earning the status of 'Enhancing' isn't merely about recognition; it's the embodiment of our dedicated commitment to delivering apprenticeship education and exceptional-quality coaching and teaching CPD. This accomplishment is attributed to experienced CIMSPA auditors conducting extensive inspections to ensure genuine, exceptional instructional delivery.

Understanding the CIMSPA Ratings:

CIMSPA education partners can receive one of three outcomes:

  • Enhancing: Providers demonstrate best practices in their operations, processes, and procedures, offering the highest quality education to learners.
  • Enabling: Providers show good practices in...
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Elevating the game: Promoting women in coaching at Aspire

At Aspire, we recognise the power of coaching as a catalyst for change, not just in sports but in every walk of life where guidance is invaluable. Yet, there's an undeniable gap — an underrepresentation of women in coaching roles, which, in turn, affects the diversity and inclusivity of our industry. It's time to address this imbalance and nurture the potential of female coaches who can act as role models and mentors for the next generation.

Acknowledging the 'Gender Play Gap'
A report highlighted by the Telegraph throws light on the 'gender play gap' that stops girls from taking up sport, an issue raised by MPs that has far-reaching implications. This gap not only reduces physical activity amongst young girls but also significantly limits the pool of potential female coaches in the future. By addressing this play gap and encouraging more young women to participate in sports, we lay the groundwork for a more robust pipeline of future coaches.

The increasing need for...

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Integrating OAA in the Primary Curriculum with Michael Chamberlain

webinar Mar 18, 2024

In continuous learning and development, staying ahead is not just an option; it's a necessity.


And what better way to keep the momentum going than with an exclusive learning experience designed just for you? Let's explore this special opportunity that awaits our Discover and Thrive members—a detailed, enriching webinar, on the 18th April at 4:30pm, designed to broaden your horizons and fuel your passion for growth.

What's on offer?
Exclusively for our Discover and Thrive members, we're hosting a not-to-be-missed webinar. It's not just any webinar—meet Michael Chamberlain, an experienced educator for over 25 years, emphasising team-based problem-solving skills he founded Open Minds in 2010 to offer high-quality Outdoor Adventure Activities (OAA) teaching in collaboration with Aspire Active Education Group.

Understand the basics
Gain a deeper understanding of OAA, its place in the primary curriculum, and how it can support the physical and mental well-being of each...

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Unlocking excellence in education and sports: Introducing Aspire:ED's CIMSPA accredited CPD courses

cimspa Mar 05, 2024

At Aspire:ED, we're all about helping you stay ahead in Continuous Professional Development (CPD). We aim to empower KS1 and KS2 teachers, professionals, coaches and trainees like you through some of the best CPD courses available.

We're proud to say that our courses, such as 'Managing Behaviour in Physical Education', 'Athletics' and 'Invasion Games', have now been accredited by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity). This accreditation is a mark of quality, ensuring your professional development is recognised and aligned with industry standards.

Inclusivity and adaptability are at the core of our values at Aspire:ED. Our CPD courses are designed to cater to the diverse needs of all educators and coaches. We're particularly excited about our Aspire Accelerate pilot strategy which offers innovative teaching methodologies, ensuring that our courses are inclusive, adaptable and reflect contemporary educational demands.  

Our courses are...

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'Road 2 Paris' workshop celebrating the build-up to the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics

road 2 paris Jan 15, 2024

This summer, Paris will host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The world’s top athletes will compete on a global stage – and your pupils can get an unforgettable piece of the action! 

Our 'Road 2 Paris' workshop provides a full day of Games-themed activities, delivered by qualified coaches and designed to introduce KS1 and KS2 pupils to brand-new sports. 

You’ll also receive a huge range of extras, including downloadable session plans, digital assemblies, and the chance to win a school visit from an Olympian or Paralympian! 


We kicked off our ‘Road 2' workshops in 2012, bringing the buzz of the London Games to schools across the UK. Since then, we’ve helped pupils celebrate the spirit of Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. 

Along the way, we’ve motivated thousands of children to try new sports and live the Olympic and Paralympic values of excellence, determination, courage, equality,...

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Transforming primary sports education: A must-attend PESSPA webinar

Uncategorized Nov 27, 2023

Unlock the vast potential of primary sports education with our upcoming free webinar. Dive into the world of Physical Education, School Sports, and Physical Activity (PESSPA) in primary settings and discover how it can make an invaluable impact on children's lives.


An Enlightening and Engaging Webinar 
We are thrilled to announce an enlightening and engaging webinar hosted by James Latham on the development of PESSPA in primary education. James, a proud Trust PE Lead, has a BA Honours degree in Sports & Exercise Science and Business Management, and an MSc in PE & Well-being from Birmingham University. He specialises in youth sports and education, providing a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical expertise. 

Discover the Amazing Benefits of PESSPA
This webinar is perfect for those who are passionate about enhancing the positive impact of PESSPA on children's physical and mental well-being. Children who participate in regular physical activities...

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Mastering Behaviour Management: Empowering coaches to create a supportive environment for every pupil.

Are you a sports coach looking to create a supportive environment for every pupil? The new Behaviour Management course from Aspire:ED is here to help you empower your coaching techniques and positively impact your pupils' lives.

As a coach, you understand the importance of creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all children. PE, school sports, and physical activity enhance physical and mental well-being and teach valuable life skills. However, children come from different backgrounds and possess varying behavioural challenges, which can pose a challenge for coaches in primary schools.

To help you navigate these challenges, we've compiled some top tips for behaviour management.

  1. Reinforce positive behaviour even when you're not there: As a sports coach, it's essential to consistently reinforce positive behaviour, even when you're not physically present. We understand that periodic visits to primary schools can pose challenges in effectively managing behaviour....
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New qualification: 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Multi-Skills Development in Sport 

For most people, professional development means building new skills, enhancing performance and unlocking opportunities. For teachers and coaches, it means all those things and more.  

Because when you’re boosting children’s physical and mental health, expanding your knowledge base doesn’t just benefit you. It gives pupils a better start in life.  

According to Sport England, physically literate children are more likely to be active for the long term – but more than half of children aged five to 15 in England aren’t doing the recommended daily amount of exercise. 

For many pupils, school provides the mainstay of their physical activity. It’s where they learn Fundamental Movement Skills – from balancing to throwing a ball – that blossom into sporting talents and vital life tools like teamwork and taking part. It’s also where they discover the power of play.  

As an educator, the wider your...

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Benchmark and develop a sustainable strategy with the Aspire:ED PE Deep Dive Toolkit

Are you looking to assess your school's PE provision and develop a sustainable strategy for the upcoming academic year? Aspire:ED can help! 

Following the recent announcement from the DfE that the Primary PE and School Sport Premium will continue for the next 2 years, there has never been a better time to use Aspire:ED's PE Deep Dive Toolkit to benchmark your current provision and make long-term improvements. Our toolkit covers all aspects of the PE curriculum, from planning and assessment to best practices in provision. 

The toolkit includes practical guidance, templates, and examples to help you develop a whole-school approach to PE that promotes wellbeing and physical activity. You can be confident that your provision meets the latest government regulations and industry standards, as well as the needs of your pupils. 

We understand that PE provision can be challenging, which is why we have designed this toolkit to make your job easier. Our toolkit can help you...

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New course: Physically Active Learning in the Early Years

The foundations of our physical activity behaviours start in the earliest of years.

Children who develop physical literacy in the Early Years are more likely to enjoy being physically active, and they have lower morbidity and mortality across their life course.

Physical activity helps young children meet key physical development milestones, improve body control and strengthen bones and muscles. 

And it’s not just physical development, there’s a growing body of research linking physical activity to cognition and future academic performance.

But the Early Intervention Foundation’s parent polling suggests that less than 1 in 5 under 6s are getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity. 

Time, cost, and access are all barriers to children’s physical activity outside of a learning environment.

And so, it is crucial that children have an abundance of opportunity to be physically active within the learning environment.

Physically active...

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