What is the Edinburgh Schools Project?
We partner with schools to develop their physical education (PE) programme and combine pupils increased activity levels with health and wellbeing across the curriculum.
We have been working with Flora Stevenson Primary School, Stockbridge Primary School and City of Edinburgh Council, and recently St Marys RC Primary School, to deliver a programme that focuses on making physical activity part of everyday school life.
Why is it needed?
By engaging children with sport during their early years, we aim to reverse the trend of youngsters dropping out of physical activity.
We can also ensure that children aren't being denied the benefits and life skills that having an active lifestyle can bring. Importantly, our focus is also on ensuring that these activities are appropriate for the child’s age and stage of learning and development.
How do we do it?
We work with the City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian to provide funding and support to allow pupils to receive PE lessons three days a week plus an active class challenge.
Children are also offered a range of sporting options for Friday ‘Golden Time’. (Golden Time is an hour of free time earned by pupils during which they can choose activities to enjoy).
We aim to improve opportunities for pupils to be active in school and ensure that primary teachers are confident in delivering PE and a range of physical activities.
Following involvement with the project:
- 100% of teachers surveyed noted a positive difference in pupils learning in PE
- 93% of teachers noted increased confidence in pupils
- majority of teachers felt much more competent (87%) and confident (87%) in delivering physical education
If you are involved in education and would like to find out more about the project and the difference it has made to many primary school children, please speak to Grant Small, Programme Manager or call 0131 455 9750 or mobile 07535 693 873.