Skills2Achieve, a new programme from the Youth Sport Trust, is set to support teachers in developing physical literacy and keeping children active.
Launched in 2015 by the Youth Sport Trust and Sportsdata, this online programme has been developed to help teachers plan, record and monitor pupil progress in PE, sport and physical activity.
Skills2Achieve provides teachers, pupils and parents with a comprehensive online system to develop and assess the progress of physical literacy of each individual, class and school, and to ensure children are meeting the minimum activity levels recommended by the Chief Medical Officer.
Skills2Achieve has partnered with Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) to deliver across local schools in London. Their pilot project has been introduced via CACT with the aim of then linking in with other sports club community projects and more schools around the country.
The new partnership comes after the Youth Sport Trust and the Future Foundation this week released a report titled 'Class of 2035: promoting a brighter and more active future for the youth of tomorrow'. The report warns 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. The report also highlights how the 'digital revolution' can be used to better PE and school sport, empowering young people to take responsibility for their own activity levels.
Skills2Achieve is an example of the way that technology can positively impact on PE and school sport as outlined in the Class of 2035 report.
Youth Sport Trust Chair Baroness Sue Campbell 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; Skills2Achieve helps teachers to manage that process. Every school we have worked with on this programme says that it is the most effective tool they have ever had for assessment."
CACT Chief Executive Jason Morgan said: "Charlton Athletic Community Trust is delighted to be involved with Sportsdata and the Youth Sport Trust and helping to deliver this important programme to primary school children. Teaching children about leading a healthy active lifestyle has never been more important and we believe Skills2Achieve is a fantastic opportunity for the children, parents and teachers."
Gail Ganney, Founder and Chief Executive of Sportsdata said: "We are in a digital age and it is essential to engage our children and parents in programmes that have the very best chance of success. Bringing digital functionality to this fantastic physical literacy programme has enabled Skills2Achieve to be a ground-breaking product. Whilst children from four years of age are actively engaging in progressively challenging physical, social and healthy activities, parents, teachers and schools can track progress, provide assessment and evidence the impact of focused funding through the reporting functionality. Everyone is involved, everyone can personally login and parental engagement is key to the success of programme."
Skills2Achieve is available online at www.skills2achieve.org and a day's free trial is available to all schools.