Milestone for Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE as 5,000 benefit from teacher training

To mark 5,000 successfully trained PE staff, the EFDS, Youth Sport Trust and colleagues from a local Sainsbury's store visited an Inclusive PE training session in Wolverhampton.

"Highly enjoyable, relevant and informative!"

That is the view of just one of thousands of teachers who continue to undertake valuable training through Sainsbury's Active Kids for All Inclusive PE.

And now a significant milestone has been reached, with 5,000 participants having undergone sessions since the programme's launch in 2012.

Sainsbury's Inclusive PE provides free training to support trainee teachers, existing teachers and school staff develop and improve the provision of inclusive PE to young disabled people within mainstream primary and secondary schools.

To mark 5,000 successfully trained PE staff, the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), Youth Sport Trust and colleagues from a local Sainsbury's store visited an Inclusive PE training session in action held by Paul Lord at Westcroft School in Wolverhampton.

Tom, Leader of Learning for PE at Heath Park School, who attended the session, said:

"The course allowed us the opportunity to evaluate our current PE offer and then provided us with the confidence and knowledge needed to ensure that PE experiences are high quality for all of our learners."

His view echoes the positive feedback received by EFDS throughout the life of Sainsbury's Inclusive PE.

In September 2013, 20 teachers and classroom assistants at Enniskillen Integrated Primary School attended workshop delivered by Disability Sport Northern Ireland.

One participant said of the day: "I really enjoyed the practical training - it's given me great ideas to include all children in all activities. A brilliant ways to adapt PE lessons."

That same year, Anne Saunders, a primary school teacher from Kings Road Primary in Rosyth, attended a Sainsbury's Inclusive PE Training workshop delivered by Scottish Disability Sport.

She later told EFDS: "At primary school one of the main aspects of PE is getting the children to work together as a team, so making everybody feel included is crucial. On the course I was introduced to Boccia, usually played by wheelchair users. I've started teaching this to my class and it's fantastic because all the children can get involved. It's great the children have had this exposure to a new sport and hopefully this will spark a lasting interest in being active."

Both theory and practical elements of Sainsbury's Inclusive PE provide a clearer understanding of the needs of all pupils. The training supports teachers to ensure all pupils are engaged and make good progress within lessons.

Participants can also access an online resource to support continued professional development and to enable material to be shared between colleagues.

EFDS knows that there are approximately 770,000 children age under 16 in the UK with a disability, six per cent of the child population, 80% of which are in mainstream education. 

Barry Horne, CEO at EFDS, said: "High quality, inclusive PE is essential to inspire and encourage young disabled people to lead full and active lifestyles through sport.  We are really excited to see the impact of this initiative in the support of teachers and school staff and most importantly on the experiences of young disabled people within PE."

That improved, positive experience of pupils is illustrated by the story of a child with cerebral palsy, who used to feel excluded in PE, and tended to sit out lessons.

But once her teacher applied her Sainsbury's Inclusive PE training to lesson planning, and introduced Zone Football, the results were immediate.

The pupil is now much more included in PE lessons and has the opportunity to control the ball at her own pace before passing to another player.

She said: "I really enjoy taking part in the team games now. Everyone wants to pass me the ball and I can take my time to pass it back without players trying to take it off me".

Please visit the EFDS website for more information. You can contact the Sainsbury's Active Kids for All team via email ak4a@efds.co.uk or call 01509 22 77 51.

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