PE & School Sports Service

Brighton & Hove City Partnership for Education

PE and School Sport Information

The main targets of the PE and School Sport Service are as follows;

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick starting healthy active lifestyles
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport

All schools within the partnership are supported to achieve these targets with the help of a specialist primary PE teacher, who works closely with the PE coordinators. Each school has a dedicated PE coordinator who is a teacher that can inspire and enthuse the rest of the staff, as well as being able to develop a wide range of systems and strategies to make sure that all children become physically literate.


ALL pupils should leave primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

Target 3

A key target from the list above that will help to achieve the other areas, is to increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and school sport.

This has been a main focus of the specialist teacher across the partnership and continued professional development has taken place via demonstration lessons, team teaching, workshops, insets and meetings. Many members of staff have given feedback about their training:

“I feel much more confident having seen a specialist teacher work with my class”

“I now have a much better understanding of how to differentiate for the children in my class in gymnastics”

“After having regular support I now feel much more confident with the progression of skills”

“I feel much more empowered to teach dance”

“I feel reassured that I was on the right tracks but have still built up my knowledge further”

Target 4 – Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.

It is vital that only high quality sessions are being delivered in schools and the following excellent club links have been created;

  • South Coast Elite Basketball – Tom Ward
  • Brighton Table Tennis Club – Tim Holtam
  • The Squash Company – Nic Davis, Development Officer for Central Sussex
  • Sussex Cricket – Gary Wallis-Taylor
  • Get Creative-Dance and Early Years specialist – Louisa Fitzgerald
  • Sports Development team for Brighton & Hove
  • Albion in the community team

Target 4 – Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils &

Target 5 – Increased participation in competitive sport.

Another way to broaden the range on offer is through extra enrichment activities. Last year the focus for enrichment was on physical activities for some year groups.

  • All the reception children had a Performance Arts Day at The Dome which included dance, drama, singing, puppet making, brass rubbing and a tour of the theatre and the museum.
  • For years 2 and 3 there were Multi-Skills competitions held at BACA. This enabled the children to show their fundamental skills within a competitive setting.
  • For years 3 and 4 a partnership football tournament was set up to give the younger children an opportunity to compete. This was very successful and will now be put in the annual calendar.
  • The Year 6 transition day was given a physical activity focus and BACA kindly allowed us to use their facilities again. A huge thank you to the following coaches who gave their time for free on this day; Tom Ward, Gary Wallis-Taylor, Tim Holtam and Nic Davies.

Target 5 – Increased participation in competitive sport.

Throughout the year there are a number of City Wide Competitions that are open to all schools within Brighton and Hove.  They are organised by Emma Greenough who is the School Games Organiser and include; Cross country, Gymnastics, Indoor Athletics, Cricket, Quick Sticks, High 5 Netball, Tri golf, Tag Rugby, Tennis, Athletics and Swimming.

The number of competitions that our partnership of schools are now entering has increased due to sharing good practice and looking at ways to overcome any problems that may have hindered this in the past.

As a result of our increased participation all schools within the partnership received the School Games Mark Award. 2 schools received the Gold Award, 1 school the silver award and the rest of the schools achieved the Bronze Award.