Tackling some of the most significant and pressing issues young people face today, will be at the heart of the Youth Sport Trust 2016 National Conference – a flagship opportunity for any school leader or school sport professional who is determined to maximise the benefits of physical education (PE), school sport and physical activity for all young people.
The event will kick off with a Rio 2016 themed awards dinner on the Wednesday evening preceding the conference to highlight the outstanding achievements of schools and young people. Delegates will also have the chance to meet international medal winning sports men and women - including Jason Gardener, Alex Danson, Hannah Cockcroft and Gail Emms – as well as hearing from the Youth Sport Trust’s newest Ambassador, Kimberly Wyatt.
This conference, held on Thursday 3 March 2016 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, will bring together leading practitioners and those working with young people in a bid to support teachers in nurturing and developing the wellbeing of their students.
It is expected to be the first national forum following the launch of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Strategy for Sport. As such, there will be a sharp focus on supporting schools to provide advice and ideas on how to strategically use PE and school sport to drive wellbeing, develop leadership skills and explore ways this can impact on raising attainment in both primary and secondary education.
The packed agenda will provide practical learning for delegates as well as an opportunity to network with peers and leading suppliers in the world of PE, school sport and physical activity. There will also be the chance to engage with high-level politicians and policy makers in education, health and sport.
Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “I am extremely proud of all our partnership work so far in giving the nation’s young people a platform for future success, but it is vital that we are prepared for the challenges ahead, and this conference could not be better timed in light of the Government’s new sport and expected obesity strategies.”
There will also be a focus on the contribution and impact that physical activity and PE has on pupils’ cognitive development and performance, engagement with school and their personal and character development.
The keynote speech from Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, scientist, writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords, will look at the challenges that digitalisation poses to our young people and consider how sport and physical activity can positively redress and harness some of those effects.
Campbell added: “Through this conference delegates will have the chance to learn how we can all work together to broaden the opportunities for young people to better themselves physically, emotionally, academically and socially.”
Workshops will help highlight how to create a balanced curriculum to ensure a positive impact on pupil outcomes, personal development, behaviour and welfare, such as how to address the challenges of wellbeing at a pupil, practitioner and school level, developing the life skills needed for employability, and ultimately help schools raise achievement through PE and school sport.
Sessions for those in secondary education will look at how to use PE and school sport to develop students’ character and resilience, and how to equip them with the kind of leadership and employability skills demanded by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). They will also include updates and guidance on Ofsted, GCSEs and assessment, as well as improving participation among girls.
Primary specific sessions will showcase how the PE and school sport premium can be maximised, with examples of best practice that demonstrate the impact of PE and school sport on achievement, as well as sustained long term, whole schools.