Schools and students will be able to accurately track progress in PE and school sport thanks to an innovative tool unveiled by the Youth Sport Trust and Sportsdata.
Following a pilot launched in September 2015, Skills2Achieve has been developed further and is now available to help teachers plan, record and measure pupil progress in PE, sport and physical activity.
The online platform was inspired by feedback from participating schools and the Youth Sport Trust Class of 2035: promoting a brighter and more active future for the youth of tomorrow’ report. The report warned that PE and school sport are at a critical crossroads and the subject should remain a key priority to avoid a physically and socially disengaged future generation, over dependent on technology, resulting in low physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
Skills2Achieve encourages pupils to explore, plan, predict and even evaluate their own performance when responding to challenges through the online platform.
The advanced tracking and reporting capabilities enable schools to monitor pupils’ progress accurately, and embraces the part technology plays in the current and future educational landscape. Skills2Achieve uses technology to create a sustainable approach to the development of children’s physical literacy and all round progress.
Focussing on the whole child, the content has been created over four themes: physical, healthy, thinking and social. By encouraging physical activity and a reduction in sedentary behaviour, the programme seeks to help schools keep young people engaged in physical activity.
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of Youth Sport Trust said:
“Skills2Achieve is a programme that contextualises physical development of children within the wider development of thinking, social and health skills. We know that physically active children will have a greater sense of emotional wellbeing and do better in the classroom.
“A key strength of Skills to Achieve is the integration of families into the approach. It allows parents and young people access to their profile in order to add in extracurricular activity, after school clubs and hobbies. This enables parents and teachers to have a clear view of the child’s progress as a whole and helps to enforce the importance of developing enjoyment in physical activity.”
James Ross, PE Coordinator of St Breock School, a pilot school for the programme commented: “Embedding the programme across the whole school has helped demonstrate to pupils the diversity of learning. Then they realise how their progress is evidenced, it helps to build confidence. The programme is a whole child development tool for monitoring much more than physical literacy and ability.”