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The Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport (PEPASS) team (formed by Education Services) comprises of the Physical Education Lead Officers (3), Active Schools Coordinators (30), Dance and Activities Development Officer (1), School Leadership/Competition Project Officers (2), Glasgow Primary Swim Team (7), and an administrative support team.

The Glasgow PEPASS Team is committed to the key priorities of:

  • 2014 Legacy Sport
  • Glasgow Improvement Challenge
  • Physical Education and School Sport
  • Participation
  • Coach Education and Leadership
  • Club Coaching and Volunteering
  • Events and Competition

Glasgow Improvement Challenge

PEPASS contributes to Strand 2 of Glasgow's Improvement Challenge (GIC) 2015-2020: Improving children's health and wellbeing through nurturing approaches and increased participation in physical activity and sport.

Three PE officers, are engaged in delivering the physical literacy programme to children and staff. The aim of the physical literacy programme is to develop children's core skills (Attention, Balance, and Coordination) and support and build the confidence of staff in order to connect the children's learning and develop skills for learning life and work.

  • The key outcomes from the programme are:
  • Children have increased levels of physical activity;
  • Children develop confidence and self-esteem;
  • Children develop physical literacy and improved fundamental movement skills; and
  • Awareness of play as a means to improved physical literacy is increased.­

Early data indicates that there has been an increase in distinct participants (Individual children) participating in out of school hours (OOSH) activity across the cohort schools.

Softer measures have indicated increase in pupil attendance, improved pupil behaviour, pupils more engaged during play/lunch times, increased pupil confidence to attend OOSH.

Glasgow figures have increased from 49% distinct participants to 53%

National figures have increased from 43% distinct participants to 45%

Active Play: Partnerships
Play for Attainment is being delivered through a partnership with Inspiring Scotland and local third sector groups (PEEK/Jeely Piece/FARE), along with the University of Strathclyde and Agile as part of the Glasgow Improvement Challenge.

Committed to deliver to all Glasgow primary schools over three years, the Active Play programme is a unique partnership model that has made an excellent start and has been very well received by teachers and pupils alike.

P3/4 Active Play participants:

100% improvement in fundamental movement skills

100% improved fitness/stamina levels

98% trying new skills

93% improving existing skills

90% more confident/motivated

90% improved relationships with other children/making new friends


P5/6 Play Champs:

98% improved confidence

98% understand what a good/bad PC is

90% are leading games solo

83% delivering play sessions in PE, playground, other AP times or outside school

78% motivated and keen to lead

Early evaluations also indicate increased parental/child involvement in physical activities.

pdf icon Active Play for Raising Attainment Year 2 final report [1006kb]

Physical Education and School Sport highlights

The City has 10 secondary schools where there is a focus on achievement through sport and 3 Elite performance schools:

Modified timetable:

  • In these schools, young people are selected at primary stages and have a modified curriculum
  • This allows them to spend more time on their chosen sport
  • Coaching is provided through links with sporting governing body and the local clubs

Schools of Football (3)

St. Mungo's Academy, Govan High School, John Paul (Girls S1)

 

School of Sport (1)

St Andrews Secondary

Schools of Basketball (1)

Hillhead High School

Schools of Rugby (5)

St. Andrew's Sec, Smithycroft Sec,

Shawlands Academy, St. Thomas Aquinas Sec, Knightswood Sec,

Schools of Dance

Bannerman High School,

Performance Schools

Dance

Football

Sport

 

Knightswood SOD

Holyrood Football Performance School (SFA)

Bellahouston GSOS (Elite athletes 5 sports

(Athletics, Badminton, Gymnastics, Hockey, Swimming )

Active Schools

Glasgow Education Services PEPASS Team has a team of Active Schools Co-ordinators (ASC's) who work with Primary, Secondary and ASL establishments across the city.

The team work to provide more and higher quality opportunities for children and young people to participate in sport and physical activity before school, during lunchtime and after school.

The team also manages and provides access to world class and local events and competitive opportunities for pupils across the city.

A key area of focus to developing school sport is through the leadership programmes for pupils and building capacity through the recruitment, retention and development of a network of deliverers and volunteers.

Collaboration and partnership working is critical to the success of Active Schools. Co-ordinators work closely with parents, school staff and pupils to provide opportunities that reflect young people's interests and connect to physical education and local community opportunities. Beyond the school environment Active Schools coordinators work with a range of partners including local sports clubs, sports development officers, community sport hubs, colleges and universities to provide pathways to support young people to stay involved and progress in sport.

In doing so Active Schools contributes to the health and being agenda, development of vocational skills and widening achievement of the young people in the city.

Sport Scotland - School awards

Sport Scotland offer school sport awards at Gold, Silver and Bronze level. Find out more here

Sportscotland: School sports awards:

More Glasgow Schools continue to achieve Sportscotland Gold, School sports awards, demonstrating the commitment of Schools to use Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport as a key driver for improvement, innovative and inspiring opportunities, is demonstrated through their drive to excel.

2018/2019 Gold Award

  • Aultmore Park Pri, Caledonia Pri (2), Haghill Park, Merrylee Pri, Pollokshields Pri, Royston Pri, St Francis of Assisi (Baillieston)
  • Eastbank Acad (2), Hyndland Sec, St Thomas Aquinas (2)

2018/2019 Silver Award

  • Secondary: Holyrood Secondary, King's Park Secondary, Notre Dame High
  • Primary:Aultmore Park Primary, Haghill Park Primary, Miller Primary, Mount Vernon Primary, Pollokshields Primary, Royston Primary, St Maria Goretti Primary 

2018/2019 Bronze Award

  • Primary: Blackfriars Primary School, Our Lady of the Annunciation.

2017/2018 (SPOTY Awards)

  • Shawlands Acad (2), St Mungos (2), John Paul Acad, Whitehill,
  • St Rose of Lima Primary (2), St Brigid Primary, St Benedict's Primary,
  • Oakgrove Primary, Caledonia Primary, St Thomas Aquinas

Participation:Key highlights: Out of School hours (OOSH) participation

The main aim of Active Schools is to work in partnership to provide more and higher quality opportunities for pupils to take part in sport and physical activity before school, during lunchtime and after school.

Active Schools also develops effective pathways between schools and sports clubs in the local community.

Glasgow figures for individual children and young people attending out of school hour activity has increased from 49% distinct participants to 53% National figures have increased from 43% distinct participants to 45%

pdf icon PEPASS Out of Schools hour infograph [890kb]

Youth leadership

Leadership programmes are developed throughout primary and secondary school, engaging children and young people to influence and lead on school sport delivery.

There is a pathway of opportunity for pupils to gain new skills in the key areas of leadership:

  • Young people as deliverers/ coaches
  • Young people as technical officials
  • Young people as event and competition organisers
  • Young people as decision makers
  • Young people as ambassadors

Leadership opportunities create a legacy to support future participation and improve employability skills.

The target group of senior pupils engaged as young ambassadors/ sports leaders/ dance leaders within their schools, makes an outstanding contribution to the planning and delivery of many PEPASS projects and programmes.

Leadership programmes: Education

P6/7Primary LeadershipBuddies/ Activators
S1/2 Secondary Leadership   Playmakers/ Young Leader Award
S3-6Secondary Leadership   Sport Level 1/2/3
S3-6Secondary Leadership   Dance Level 1/2/3
S3-6Secondary Young Ambassadorssportscotland

Glasgow swim team

The Glasgow swim team delivers a programme to all primary schools teaching and promoting swimming to children from P.5 through to P.7.

Children have the opportunity to complete the following courses:

  • Water confidence
  • Learning to swim
  • Distance swimming

The children are assessed under the National Swimming Assessment Criteria for Scottish swimming. Triple S swimmers, where necessary, are offered the top up swimming programme ensuring core skills in water confidence are established.

Dance

Glasgow is leading the way in terms of what we do in education to encourage children and young people to lead healthy lifestyles. Dance is a major element of the physical activity available to Glasgow schools and is delivered through a number of programmes including Determined to Dance and Active Schools.

Determined to Dance is delivered by a team of highly qualified dance coaches. Throughout the programme, the coaches and pupils work together to learn about dance techniques, music and coordination, motivation and self-esteem. The children and young people create their own routines which they then perform to a range of audiences.

Determined to Dance: (Target Group P1-3)
Dance allows children to showcase and perform. A real stepping stone that displays our pupils' development, commitment and confidence to perform on the school, city and national stage.

We have used dance to transform girls' participation in physical education/activity - with over 220 sessions of dance delivered each week and more than 10,000 boys and girls dancing throughout the year.

City of Dance showcase:
2017/2018, 18 local and city wide dance events were delivered with the finale held in the Royal Concert Hall. These opportunities allow parents and family to engage in celebrating their children's achievements. The final performances have sell out shows with over 1600 parents and family members attending. 

Outdoor education

Blairvadach Outdoor Education Centre is Glasgow's main outdoor education provision

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