What a year ..... Team BPSS

What a year 2019/2020 has been, we certainly could not have predicted it. I would like to start by thanking all the SGOs – Mark, Vanessa, Katie and Caroline for their hard work and efforts in the past 4 challenging months. They have sought to continue competitions and games for the whole network of Barnet schools – with some great achievements in the London Youth Games league tables coming 5th in London.

As we face further unprecedented times for PE and School Sport we have been working closely with many colleagues to ensure that we can still offer you a full package of support, albeit a slightly different one for the first term. We have been gathering and creating exciting virtual leagues, leadership opportunities, NGB programmes, officiating resources, activities and more for all year groups from September onwards. The team is creating all the original annual leagues, competitions and events for when we get the green light to host again. Your school will have received our latest buy in offer for 2020/21 which we hope you will find reflective & supportive to engage many young people in PE, School Sport and Competition for this upcoming year.

We were delighted to hear PE & Sport Premium will continue for 2020/21. Please be aware of the guidelines including the online reporting deadline of 31st July 2020. If you require support please do contact your SGO or Jo Eames over the summer.

BPSS continues to be a support mechanism for schools, we are always on the end of an email, telephone call or now zoom call. Your SGO has been setting up bi-weekly discussions on zoom with your network which we will continue into the new term. We will also be hosting the BPSI Primary Physical Education Subject Leaders network meeting on 15th September with morning and twilight slots with the Secondary PE Subject Leaders meeting on 10th September. Booking information will be sent out soon.

In light of the past 2 terms we are deferring the BPSS Sports Awards 2020 until Thursday 23rd September 2021. All applications received will go forward to next year's event and we welcome any new applications through the whole school year.

I would like to wish our colleague and East SGO Vanessa all the very best in her own new adventures of parenthood in August, we hope you enjoy your new addition to the family. Mark will be the East Schools contact from August onwards.

The team have created a video (YouTube Link) which highlights the last 11 months of activity through BPSS. Thank you to everyone that has contributed and to all the students, schools and teachers who have helped to make BPSS the success that it is.

Have a wonderful summer holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.

Jo Eames & Board

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