Weekly Wednesday Update - 07.10.20

BPSS News…


BPSS Board Statement on Inter School Competitions

The following statement from Jo Eames, Strategic Manager on BPSS on behalf of the Board was released last Thursday.

‘Whilst we understand that some NGBs including England Basketball, FA, RFU and ESFA have promoted that youth ‘community sport’ can go back to playing matches and training, with many restrictions in place, we do NOT feel this is appropriate for schools’ competitions. After a discussion with the board of headteachers and taking into account the latest advice from afPE which identifies that ‘afPE’s position at the current time is that school fixtures should be avoided, as this will involve contact across schools, and increase the opportunities for virus transmission.  BPSS will not be returning to face-to-face competitions including leagues until January 2021, at the earliest.’

To help us identify what sports leagues your school might like to take part in January can you please complete the following surveys, if you have not done so already.

Primary Schools - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6C55569

Secondary Schools - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6CB3QJD


BPSS Virtual Schools League

We hope your students enjoyed participating in QuadKids across the previous two weeks, through the virtual challenges, personal best challenges and leadership packs. Thank you to all those schools that took part and congratulations to the following winning schools;

KS1 – Wessex Gardens Yr2

KS1 SEND – St John’s N20

KS2 – Brunswick Park Yr6

KS2 SEND – Monkfrith

KS4 – Wren Academy Yr9

KS5 – Wren Academy Yr11 

A reminder that the deadline to submit your results for Boccia is Friday 5pm. Next week we turn our focus to Football.


BPSS will be managing an FA girls’ football partnership for KS1 – 4 Students

The Football Association supported by Barclays and the Youth Sport Trust have recruited a network of education-based partnerships with schools throughout England. Girls’ Football Schools Partnerships aim to develop innovative ways to deliver football for girls, improving participation from their very first experience; creating an active and confident generation of inspired female footballers, coaches, officials, leaders, activists and marketeers.

·       Demonstrate the value of girl’s football within the whole school through delivery of bespoke interventions for schools through which schools can access FREE CPD, resources and equipment.

·       Advocate the impact of football on girls’ wellbeing, leadership and achievement

·       Develop and test specialist interventions and learning through the vehicle of football in schools

·       Collaborate with partners to support transition of young people to sustain their involvement in girls’ football.

Primary Schools have the opportunity to take part in the FA Shooting Stars Project.

To sign up as a KS1/KS2 interest please complete this survey.

Secondary Schools have the opportunity to take part in the Game of Our Own (GOOO) Project

To sign up to the Secondary Project please complete this survey.



Secondary Teacher Training Project – Barnet Schools Plan

This project will enable you in collaboration with your Barnet PE colleagues to develop PE in a way that best suits your students to increase motivation and participation. What you do is up to you but most of the spend should be about professional development and dialogue with no more than 10% on capital costs. If you or your line manager / SLT need to know a little bit more than please see the Sport England website.

If your school wants to be involved in this project you will need to ensure SLT approval so that we can submit an ' expression of interest' in October half term 2020. We would be in the final phase of the project, so this is the last opportunity to access this funding. If we get approval, then there would be an 'Orientation' event in the w/c 1st February 2021 which a member of SLT should attend with the PE HOD or lead.

For more information please click here


744 Hour Strava Challenge

Team Barnet got off to a steady start in the first week of the 744 Hour Challenge, despite Storm Alex doing its best to dampen the weekend.

In total our 62 members recorded 44 hours and 14 minutes of physical activity across the week, from 57 logged activities. 26hrs & 14mins were covered by bike, 15hrs & 21mins on foot and 2hrs 39mins swum. If you would like to join please click here and drop us a quick email once they have requested to join so we can verify your request. Any member of staff working within a Barnet school is also welcome to join too, please feel free to spread the word.

Caroline Connell – Maternity Leave

As some of you may already know, Caroline will be going on maternity leave from Thursday 15th October. Katie will be covering Caroline's West Schools and sporting areas of responsibility, along with the South. If you need any support after the 15th October, please contact Katie or Jo for support. ([email protected])



News from our Partners…



LYG Virtual Games

LYG are delighted to announce the return of the LYG Virtual Games this Autumn as part of the School Games offer! There will be weekly challenges released every Monday at 09:00 for your students to take part in and represent your borough.

Please find a Fact Sheet here which will provide you with all of the key information you need ahead of the first challenge!

What will the first month of challenges entail?

For the month of October the following sports will feature:

  • Monday 5th October – Rugby
  • Monday 12th October – Volleyball
  • Monday 19th October – Handball

We can’t wait to see your students attempts and don’t forget to show us how you get on by tagging us in your social media posts using #ThisIsLYG


Newly Updated Covid-19 FAQs                                 

afPE has collated some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) and provided answers to these by their Health & Safety Team. Topics covered include:

  • Swimming
  • Indoor PE Lessons
  • Changing for Swimming Lessons
  • Changing for Physical Education
  • Fixtures
  • Contact within Lessons

Click here to download the COVID-19 and PESSPA in a School Setting FAQs document.



afPE London Region - Trampolining Courses

The following trampolining courses are being organised by the afPE London Region:

British Gymnastics PE Teachers' Trampoline Award Part 1, 28th & 29th November 2020 in East Dulwich

British Gymnastics Physical Education Teachers’ Trampoline Refresher Course,  12th December 2020 in North London


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