Being active makes a lasting difference to children’s happiness, health and wellbeing says the Head of Health & Wellbeing from the Youth Sports Trust.

By Louise O'reilly on June 19th, 2018 - comments

Over 100 teachers from across Lincolnshire converged on Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln to attend the PE and School Sports Conference 2018. This year’s focus was on importance of active lives for school children and how the Active School Planner can enable teachers to achieve this.

Chris Wright from YST delivering the keynote

Chris Wright from YST delivering the keynote

Chris Wright, the head of Health and Wellbeing from the Youth Sport Trust was the keynote speaker. His speech aimed to inspire teachers to bring activity into the classroom, touching on issues of knowledge and understanding of the importance of PE and sport in school, children’s engagement with physical education and reaching out and making a difference in the lives of children who need it the most.
He spoke of the array of issues facing young people today, saying “they are being told that they are overweight, they need help with their stress and anxiety disorders, that they’re self-harming, that bullying is on the increase, inactivity is at an all-time high and we’ve largely got really unhappy and really (significantly, I thought) lonely kids”. Off the back of this Chris drove home the importance of the opportunity PE and school sport provides to make a lasting difference to children’s happiness, health and wellbeing. Using the medium of sport and activity to create an attitudinal change which will then help them to make positive choices and have a positive mind-set and a real sense of achievement.
Feedback from the day included Year four teacher Mr Shortland from Wyberton Primary School who said “What a great day I have had, lots of ideas given and important messages to share. Feeling inspired in my sports role for Great Oaks Primary School.”

Primary School PE Conference 2018Primary Teacher of the Year 2017 (as awarded by Lincolnshire Media Education) Keith Greaves from Kirton Primary School reflected on the Changing Behaviour session with enthusiasm especially as “it is fun for the teachers as well, it is something different for us with evidence that it works inspiring you to want to implement it”. Natalie Vaughan from Nocton Primary School also said “The PE conference is a great opportunity to network and talk to people. It’s just nice to be face to face with those you normally only work with over the phone”


Primary School PE Conference 2018

The key message for teachers was how to cover a number of themes, from policy and national strategy; to workforce and training; and active solutions and initiatives to inspire and create new ideas for the next academic year. The content was shaped by the One Network who help to support and advise schools. Chris Wright- Head of health and wellbeing at Youth Sports Trust believes “the One Network is fantastic, instead of making individual decisions as standalone schools you are able to share practice as a delivery network and that adds massive value.”

The conference was a great success with many teachers taking to social media to express their enjoyment of the day:

Tracy G
Great day full of inspiration, networking and positive news, spent with lots of likeminded others at #PEConf18 @ActiveLincs @LincsSchools_AL

Steph Powell
Great to be at today’s #PEConf18 with @LincsSchools_AL- Workshop 1 for me is @MathsoftheDay

Lacey Gardens PE
A highly informative day at the Primary PE & School Sport Conference 2018. Lots of discussion, and strategies to implement back at LGJS! @LincsSchools_AL#PEConf18

Pembroke SGO
Great day at the #PEconf18 today 👌 Fantastic speakers and workshops to encourage all our young people get active more often! Now let’s put this into practice @LincsSchools_AL

Fun in the market place at Lincolnshire PE School Sport Conference networking She Rallies workshops. We shared balance bikes, Bella Backhand balloon tennis, Frisbee throw & more! @LincsSchools_AL

Mr Dean Yr2
@LincsSchools_AL a great yesterday at the PE and Sports conference. It was great listening to the speakers and taking part in the workshop. It was nice to meet @PembrokeSGO and now be part of some exciting events moving forward.

This conference takes place every year and is organised by Active Lincolnshire and the One Network. If you would like any more information about the conference or to connect with anyone please get in touch with Active Lincolnshire or visit our website, if you missed out this year make sure you book early to be part of the networking experience next year.