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'Given the right opportunity, PE and school sport can be a life-changing opportunity for young people. If you take care of a child's emotional and physical well-being, everything else falls into place.' (Baroness Sue Campbell, former Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, former Chair of UK Sport and current England FA's Head of Women's Football)

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Dear parents, carers, children and other interested parties,

At Clavering Primary School, we want every Clavering child to be:

  • competent and confident physically;
  • competitive successfully; and
  • committed to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.

Through the nationally-recognised, multi-award-winning Clavering Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) Programme, dedicated staff members work tirelessly to achieve an outstanding Physical Education (PE) curriculum; promote physical activity for all; provide our pupils with the chance to compete in sporting events and tournaments at cluster, town and regional level; and ensure that all of our pupils, staff members and governors are part of an established culture that promotes academic and sporting excellence.

'Pupils really enjoy the very wide range of activities and clubs available to them, especially the different sports activities and are rightly proud of their sporting successes. When asked what they would like to change, most found it difficult to think of any significant improvements.' (Ofsted 2014)

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As a school community, we are increasingly focusing on our commitment to promoting the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff through physical activity, aiming to maximise opportunities for children and all associated with the school to be physically active by promoting all avenues for activity (not just in PE lessons and through competitive sport opportunities). This includes within our curriculum, within our extra-curricular offer, across our school environment and through links with the wider community. Having consulted with families, pupils and staff, we launched our Clavering 30:30 Physical Activity Strategy, ensuring that every Clavering pupil is physically active for at least thirty minutes during every school day and that no Clavering pupil is sedentary for longer than thirty minutes during any school day. This is being achieved in a strategic, systematic and fun way; however, we understand that positive behaviour change will only be sustained if children, themselves, are motivated to lead healthier lifestyles.

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The 'Clavering Curriculum for PE' covers dance, outdoor adventurous activities (OAA) and the use of at least fifteen different sports as contexts for learning; when added to our extra-curricular opportunities, our pupils have the opportunity to participate in over twenty different sports (plus dance and OAA).

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Within school, our pupils have the chance to compete in intra-school tournaments in over fifteen different sports formats across the school and in terms of inter-school sport, our pupils have the chance to compete in at least fifteen different sports formats against other schools.

'It is really important that we promote competitive sport in schools. Everybody recognises that giving young people a competitive outlet through sport is a very good thing. Sport is a universal language, building more bridges between people than anything else I can think of.' (Lord Coe) 

The Olympic Legacy is certainly very much alive at Clavering with, for example, large percentages of pupils having the opportunity to represent the school in competitive inter-school sport before leaving us:

  • 90% of the 2012-2013 Year 6 cohort;
  • 90% of the 2013-2014 Year 6 cohort;
  • 96% of the 2014-2015 Year 6 cohort;
  • 94% of the 2015-2016 Year 6 cohort;
  • 100% of the 2016-2017 Year 6 cohort; and
  • 100% of the 2017-2018 Year 6 cohort.

We are proud of the outstanding opportunities that we are able to provide our pupils with in terms of chances to represent the school in a variety of inter-school sports competitions and the success that we have enjoyed in Cluster, Town and Tees Valley CompetitionsIn addition, within school, every child participates in intra-school sports competitions for children of all ages and abilities.

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Most importantly of all in our Clavering PESSPA Programme are our Clavering Sports Values: DETERMINATION, HONESTY, PASSION, RESPECT, SELF-BELIEF and TEAMWORK. I am consistently delighted with the positive attitude that our pupils demonstrate when participating in PE lessons, other physical activity sessions and when representing the school. They are a credit to the whole Clavering family!  

I am sure that you will agree that the Clavering PESSPA Programme is going from strength to strength and this success is having a positive impact right across the school. As Lord Coe argues: 'I do genuinely believe that if young people play sport at a competitive level, sensibly controlled, sensibly organised, that has to be a good thing. It will teach them to win, it will teach them to lose with dignity and magnanimity - all the things you want. It's a pretty good metaphor for life!'

Finally, despite the numerous sports trophies, shields and plaques which now fill our trophy cabinet, I am always very keen to emphasise the wider benefits of our school’s PESSPA success in that one of the key aims of the Clavering PESSPA Programme is to try to achieve what was highlighted in the Ofsted report ‘Going the extra mile: excellence in competitive school sport’. Ofsted has found that schools with high sporting standards have similarly high expectations in the classroom and, when led effectively, a school’s sport programme can help pupils to excel both in the classroom and on the playing field. We hope that this is what we are achieving at Clavering and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the teachers, support staff and governors at Clavering; Clavering families; our pupil-led School Games Organising Crew; and, most importantly of all, our amazing children for their ongoing support in this endeavour.

I hope you enjoy viewing the 'PESSPA' section of our school website which will continue to develop as each academic year progresses.

Best wishes, 

Mr N. C. McAvoy

Deputy Headteacher and Clavering PESSPA Programme Director

For PESSPA queries, please phone 01429 422088 or email

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As a result of the success of the 'Clavering PESSPA Programme', we have won a number of national awards and we have been asked by a variety of different organisations to share our work and the impact of the Sport Premium funding; in addition, we are part of the Youth Sport Trust's Headteacher Ambassador Network, we are a Youth Sport Trust Ambassador School, we are a Youth Sport Trust Lead School for Health and Wellbeing, and we are an Ambassador School for the Active Schools' initiative. Please click here for more information.

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What is Physical Literacy, Physical Eduation (PE), School Sport & Physical Activity?

‘Physical literacy’ is described by the Youth Sport Trust as being ‘the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding that provides children with the movement foundation for lifelong participation in physical activity. Enabling children to be physically literate supports their development as competent, confident and healthy movers.’

‘Physical activity’, ‘Physical Education’ and ‘school sport’ are similar in that they all include physical movement, but there are important differences between them, as outlined below in definitions from the Association for Physical Education:

‘Physical activity’ is a broad term referring to all bodily movement that uses energy. It includes all forms of physical education, sports and dance activities. However, it is wider than this, as it also includes indoor and outdoor play, work-related activity, outdoor and adventurous activities, active travel (e.g. walking, cycling, rollerblading, scooting) and routine, habitual activities such as using the stairs, doing housework and gardening.

‘Physical education’ is the planned, progressive learning that takes place in school curriculum timetabled time and which is delivered to all pupils. This involves both ‘learning to move’ (i.e. becoming more physically competent) and ‘moving to learn’ (e.g. learning through movement, a range of skills and understandings beyond physical activity, such as co-operating with others). The context for the learning is physical activity, with children experiencing a broad range of activities, including sport and dance.

‘School sport’ is the structured learning that takes place beyond the curriculum (i.e. in the extended curriculum) within school settings; this is sometimes referred to as out-of-school-hours learning. Again, the context for the learning is physical activity. The ‘school sport’ programme has the potential to develop and broaden the foundation learning that takes place in physical education. It also forms a vital link with ‘community sport and activity’.