School Games Update – New direction of travel
As part of their new 10-year strategy Uniting the Movement, Sport England has signalled a new direction of travel which is a shift away from providing investment to deliver national programmes to more place-based working. The guiding principle of all this work will be about investing most in those that need it most, to tackle the deep-rooted inequalities that exist in sport and physical activity.
How will the School Games look and feel different?
Active Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire School Games Organisers were asked to think about how we could use the School Games as a vehicle to drive change and help address inequalities across the County. As a result, we've taken steps to review and adapt our traditional offers, so that School Games events can help to tackle these inequalities going forwards.
Below you can see the Spring and Summer Festivals for this academic year. As you will see, there are some traditional sports competitions no longer taking place, which is due to our new focus on increasing resource for children at greatest risk of inactivity.
School Games Festivals (MS Word, 129 Kb)
School Games Manual 21/22
School Games Manual 21/22 (PDF, 1 Mb)
Schools can access a local competition and events calendar which is produced by local School Games Organisers. The local competition and events calendar meets the needs of all young people and inspires pupils to be physically active for life through providing positive experiences of sport, physical activity and competition.
To find out more about what is going on in your local area, contact your local School Games Organiser:
City- Grant Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org
North- Emma Jackson: email@example.com
South- Jon Allen:
Vale- Sean McCullough: firstname.lastname@example.org
West- Rachel Mills: email@example.com
School Games Interventions
As well as the two festivals mentioned above, we will also be running a number of interventions in schools across the County with our priority areas being:
- Secondary schools: focusing in particular on girls in years 8/9
- Children and Young people with SEND and Special Schools – focusing on the least active children and young people
- Swimming and Water Safety intervention due to the impact Covid-19 had on millions of children across the UK missing out on swimming lessons and subsequently not being able to swim by the time they left primary school. This will include a particular focus on students from less affluent areas.
Special Schools offer
Active Oxfordshire have commissioned Panathlon to deliver various activities to students, alongside upskilling teachers so they can continue running the activities in the long run. The offer is aimed at secondary aged pupils but will be a bespoke package based on the needs and desires of the school.