Youth Sport Trust team up with Bupa for Start to Move

The Youth Sport Trust has been working with Bupa to develop a revolutionary approach to teaching PE to four to seven year olds.

The Youth Sport Trust has been working with Bupa to develop a revolutionary approach to teaching PE to four to seven year olds. Start to Move: developing physical literacy aims to provide teachers with greater knowledge and confidence in how best to deliver PE in a fun and engaging way.

Since September, over 300 primary school teachers have taken part in the free Start to Move pilot and received training on how to use this new curriculum approach to develop their children's fundamental movement skills - locomotion, stability and object control. Research conducted to support the project by Dr Jeanne Keay, Dean of Education at Roehampton University, found that one in three primary school teachers are influenced by their own negative experiences of PE when they were children, which is impacting on how they deliver the subject to their pupils. Lack of confidence was also cited as one of the major barriers to primary school teachers delivering high quality PE classes.

Start to Move aims to tackle these issues by encouraging teachers to build their understanding of how young children learn to move and to build on the skills the children have, rather than focusing on teaching adult sports before children have the skills to participate.

Baroness Sue Campbell, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: "It is not entirely surprising to see that some primary school teachers don't look back fondly on their own PE experiences at school. It has only really been in recent years that we have seen such a transformation in the quality and quantity of PE and school sport which young people can now enjoy.

"By teaming up with Bupa we aim to equip primary teachers with a far greater knowledge and confidence in how best to deliver PE to four to seven year olds in a fun, energetic way. This in turn will excite and inspire their pupils who will see PE as an enjoyable experience and hopefully be a platform for them to go on to lead healthy and active lives."

Martin George, Group Development Director at Bupa commented: "We're very pleased to be supporting this revolutionary approach to teaching PE. This is not just another 'initiative' - we believe that this is the way PE will be taught by all schools in the future. By focusing on the essential skills, such as tracking and catching a ball, instead of teaching a child how to play netball for example, the child's confidence and ability will gradually build. By engaging children while they are still learning about what it means to be healthy, we hope to inspire them to be the next generation of fit, healthy adults."

The programme is free to all primary schools and starts with a day of training delivered by experienced national trainers. Support is then provided on an ongoing basis from local educational specialists. The website will be live in early 2012 and will feature video clips of children demonstrating their progression in activities; showing how they have adopted the basic movement skills and developed these into more complex activities.

Latest news

Elite athletes and parents supported with wellbeing through new initiative

A new partnership which sees 11 national governing bodies of sport work with a national children’s sports charity will help educate up and coming young athletes in the rigours of performance sport, protecting their mental health and wellbeing.
Continue Reading

YST joins #21by21 campaign

The campaign, led by the Sport for Development Coalition and key partners, is aimed at encouraging 21,000 sports coaches and volunteers to become trained in mental health awareness by the year 2021. The Youth Sport Trust is proud to joing the campaign and support future generations of young people.
Continue Reading

Charity urges PM to make PE and sport first order of business

As Boris Johnson is announced as the next PM, children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has reiterated its calls for tackling inactivity to be a national priority. The charity said there is a need for a long-term, joined-up plan to tackle this national crisis and it is encouraging that the new Prime Minister has committed to this being a key pillar of his programme for government.
Continue Reading

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson pledge to tackle inactivity

During YST National School Sport Week 2019, YST along with almost 100 partners wrote a joint letter to the two Conservative Party leadership candidates, urging them to commit to tackling the decline in young people's wellbeing and make it a priority to ensure every child enjoys at least 60 active minutes every day. These are their responses.
Continue Reading

Sport sector responds to Government's School Sport and Activity Action Plan

Leading sports bodies and charities respond to Government's School Sport and Activity Action Plan.
Continue Reading

Football camp inspires next generation of female coaches

England legend Faye White says it is vital to give girls the confidence and knowledge they need to inspire others and this camp helps girls to develop both coaching and refereeing knowledge.
Continue Reading
More News