An investigation into the impact of the School Sports Partnership : A case study of the John O'Gaunt family, West Berkshire
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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Physical education (PE) can be regarded as a very important element of the national curriculum, for numerous physical and psychological developmental reasons. The introduction of the Physical Education School Sports and Club Links strategy (PESSCL) attempts to increase the emphasis on physical education, ultimately aiming to ensure 75% of children will have the chance to participate in two hours of high quality sport and PE every week. One strand of the scheme is the school sports co-ordinator programme, which groups schools into families allowing co-ordination and cooperation in matters regarding physical education. The purpose of this research is to provide an insight into the impacts of the school sports co-ordinator (SSCo) programme through a series of interviews with key members of the partnership, focusing on their attitudes and opinions. A case study approach to this research was taken, using a family of schools within West Berkshire. Results of the study show a positive response to a partnership that is working effectively. The partnership has impacted upon the diversity of sporting opportunity, the profile of physical education and improving teacher support. Yet a number of issues regarding contemporary physical education were still present and highlighted by the study. In particular the funding effectiveness of the scheme was highlighted as an issue that needs closer examination. A close examination of physical education’s role within the sports development continuum showed certain discrepancies regarding how physical education is represented in traditional models of sports development. An outcome of this analysis is that simple models of sports development need revision to place PE at the centre of all sporting development.
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