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NOSSP support 'Move It!' launch   NOSSP support 'Move It!' launch  
       
   

Children from across The Warriner cluster of schools have today supported the BBC Radio Oxford Move It! launch.

The aim of the campaign is to increase physical activity across the county and to promote the many health benefits that can be had from fitting more movement into our days.

Warriner School young leaders taught 100 primary children a fun dance specially choreographed to ‘Move Your Hair’ from the recent Trolls movie.

BBC Radio Oxford is inviting schools from across the county to learn the dance and to post videos of the children performing.  The clips will then be compiled into a special montage that will be shared with audiences online, on social media and potentially on television, to help promote the wider campaign.  The deadline for submitting video clips is 10am, Monday 27th March 2017.

School Sport Coordinator Ian Lee, and three of his senior leaders, featured on this morning’s BBC Radio Oxford Breakfast Show ahead of the launch.

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  Go Girls! Go Girls!  
       
 

Blessed George Napier cluster of schools last week celebrated the national launch of  this year's This Girl Can campaign with its own Girls Active festival.

The event which was targeted at less active and less confident girls from Years 5 and 6 was led by an inspirational group of Year 8 girls from BGN.  Their aim was to convince the younger girls of the many benefits and positive feelings that regular physical activity and sport can bring.

The This Girl Can campaign adverts and posters featured heavily throughout the day.

This afternoon has been amazing.  We loved it and had great fun.  The young leaders were helpful and kind.  We would love to come again to a girl only event.”  (Children at St. Joseph’s)

 “It was fun teaching the girls lifts, trust falls and dances.  It was also great seeing all their smiles whilst doing these activities.”          (Year 8 BGN student leader)

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Primary Schools get 'In2' Hockey   Primary Schools get 'In2' Hockey  
       
   

Primary Hockey has flourished in North Oxfordshire in recent years, with relationships being forged and strengthened between schools and Banbury, Bicester and Oxford Hawks Hockey Clubs.

481 year 5 and 6 children from across the partnership have participated in one of four cluster competitions supported by the clubs during the past fortnight, and in some cases coaches from the community clubs have been offering taster sessions, school clubs and teacher training.

Oxford Hawks supported the leaders at Gosford Hill School in the delivery of the Kidlington cluster event, whilst Bloxham School hosted the Warriner cluster with coaches from Banbury Hockey Club on hand to offer advice and guidance. Prior to the Banbury Area event, coaches from the club had visited a number of schools to introduce students to In2 Hockey (an adapted version of the game using larger, softer balls, and smaller pitches). At the Cooper School, Bicester Hockey Club supported the Bicester Area event, with the majority of the leaders being club members themselves.

The competitions held are part of the Oxfordshire School Games pathway, with the winners from each feeding into the Partnership Final next week.

 
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  Playground Leaders programme having an impact. Playground Leaders programme having an impact.  
       
 

Primary Schools across North Oxfordshire have successfully increased physical activity levels at lunchtimes and break times through the continued roll-out of the NOSSP Playground Leaders programme. 

A recent partnership audit found that 33 Primary Schools (72%) currently train and deploy 622 Playground leaders, meaning that we are well on course to surpass last year’s impressive total of 668 trained young leaders from 36 Schools.

Schools have not only reported that the Playground Leader programme is helping to improve the health and well-being of our children, but also say that it’s helping to improve pupil behaviour at lunch and break times.

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Investment in PE & Sport confirmed.   Investment in PE & Sport confirmed.  
       
   

Last week’s budget confirmed the £1billion pledged to fund school sport and healthy living programmes over the life of the current parliament. The funding will be invested into schools through the Department of Education and is a further commitment by the Government to make a positive impact upon the health and wellbeing of the nation's young people.

It is currently unclear as to how this amount will be broken down, but we do know that the doubling of the Primary PE and Sport Premium, from £160m to £320m per year, has been ring fenced. NOSSP will ensure all partner schools have the latest information as soon as the DfE finalise the final funding details and grant requirements later this spring.

Last Tuesday there was a pre-announcement of a £415m capital fund focussed on new sports facilities and healthy lifestyles.  The fund is open to primary and secondary schools and sixth form colleges. Local authorities and Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) will receive an allocation for their schools and be able to make local decisions on how this is spent. Smaller MATs and individual academies/ sixth form colleges will be able to bid for one off grants from a capital fund.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-funding-to-boost-schools-facilities-and-healthy-lifestyles

For clarity, it should be noted that the original policy announcement around the £285m for secondary schools to look at extending the school day (the ‘longer school day’) has now been shelved and the money from this has been rolled into the £415m for the capital fund outlined above.

 
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  Upcoming events
   
  27-11-2017 Change 4 Life Festival (South) 09:30 - 11:30
 
  28-11-2017 Warriner Family Yr 1-2 Dance 10:30 - 12:30
 
  29-11-2017 The Warriner Family Yr 5/6 Swimming 14:30 - 16:00
 
  29-11-2017 Bicester Family Yr 1/2 Multi Skills 00:00 - 00:00
 
  29-11-2017 Secondary Cross Country Finals 13:30 - 15:30
 
  30-11-2017 Yr 5 Multiskills Kidlington Family 10:30 - 12:30
 
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