North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership (NOSSP) came into existence in September 2004 as part of the roll out of the national 'Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links' (PESSCL) strategy.
School Sport Partnerships were central to the then Government's aim of creating a world class system for PE and sport for all children and young people; a system that would stimulate and increase participation in sport and sustain it!
With our hub site at Blessed George Napier Specialist Sports College, we originally consisted of just 5 secondary, 33 primary and 1 special school, managed by a Partnership Development Manager and 5 School Sport Co-ordinators.
The Partnership grew in September 2006 to include a further 2 secondary, 13 primary and 2 special schools, taking the total number of 5-16yr olds in our School Sport Partnership to c18,400.
We currently work in partnership with 54 schools, all of which affiliate to NOSSP on an annual basis.
In September 2008 the PSSSCL strategy was replaced by the Government's new 'Physical Education and Sport Strategy for Young People' (PESSYP). Central to this strategy was the '5 Hour Offer', aimed at providing all 5-19yr olds with the opportunity to participate in at least 5 hours of PE and sport per week by 2011 and for sport to become a natural part of every young person's life.
With the change of Government in 2010 came the introduction of the ‘Sainsbury’s School Games’. The School Games strategy still exists today and is delivered in partnership by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Sport England and Youth Sport Trust, and provides a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.
2013 saw the introduction of the ‘PE and Sport Premium’. This provides ring fenced money to primary schools in order to improve the quality of PE and sport activities offered to their pupils. The funding is currently worth £150 million per year and is provided jointly by the Department for Education, the Department of Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Since our conception in 2004, North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership has followed and embraced each strategy for PE and school sport, with the clear aim of making a real and positive difference to the lives of local young people. Since 2004 the number of children actively engaged in two hours high quality PE and school sport each week has jumped from 69% to 99%. Children taking part in competitive sport against other schools has risen to an annual figure of around 70%. The number of 10-19yr olds involved in sports leadership and volunteering has grown to c50%.
NOSSP also actively supports whole school improvement and broader pupil learning. Intervention sports clubs have helped to reduce bullying and anti-social behaviour, pre-school activity clubs have resulted in improved punctuality and attendance, and Change4Life type clubs have successfully inspired vulnerable and ‘inactive’ youngsters to regularly take part in physical activity and to develop confidence, self-esteem and key social skills. In turn these innovative initiatives have led to improvements in pupil attainment and achievement.
Through our team of PE Mentors we currently provide over 6,000 hours per year of specialist in-school support to primary school teachers, giving them the confidence and competence needed to plan and deliver high quality Physical Education to their children. We also engage on average around 600 teachers per year in continual professional development training, designed specifically to meet the needs of our dedicated workforce. These programmes along with the on-going support offered to PE subject leaders, means that more and more young people locally are experiencing the full range of benefits that high quality Physical Education and sport can offer.