Secondary Weekly Update - 05.03.21

Barnet Twin Towns Challenge

This epic 53 day adventure, which saw us visit our 8 twin towns (Montclair, Jinja, Ramat Gan, Morphou, Tempelhof, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Le Raincy and Chaville) has now drawn to a conclusion following our arrival back home yesterday afternoon. Our voyage took us on a 15,300 mile journey through 25 countries in four continents. 

For a full summary, please click here.

Resources for Parents/Guardians

We are continuing to collate a PDF spreadsheet, attached, for schools to circulate to their school community. It contains useful links of ways in which parents/guardians can motivate their children to stay active and healthy throughout lockdown. We continually update this information each week with the latest resources released, which are marked ‘New’.  

To access previous editions of our weekly update please click here.


Barnet Virtual Dance Festival – Thank You

We had an amazing uptake of 32 Infant and Primary schools sign up to participate in this year’s Barnet Virtual Dance Festival. However, disappointingly only 2 Secondary schools (Friern Barnet & Hendon) signed up. If you would like to still take part, it is not too late, please contact your SGO directly.



LYG x School Games Fitness Challenges

A big well done to the pupils from  Compton, Henrietta Barnett, QE Boys, St Michael’s and Wren that participated in the fifth weekly Fitness Challenge and collectively contributed towards Barnet’s overall score. We maintained our position of 10th place overall on the leaderboard.

To support you and your schools with participating in the Fitness Challenges please find the Challenge Sheets covering the next two weeks.

Week Seven (w/c 8th Mar) - Step Ups Challenge Sheet

Week Eight (w/c 15th Mar) - Squats Challenge Sheet

You can find a downloadable Participation Certificate to award to all young people taking part in the LYG x School Games Fitness Challenges to recognise their efforts! 

If you have yet to participate in the LYG x Fitness Challenge it isn’t too late, please click here for further details.



Step into Sport – Leadership Opportunity

SiS Youth Leadership Camps focus on the development of leadership skills in young people with SEND, with an increased emphasis on further training and deployment opportunities in workforce specific roles. Primarily targeted towards KS4 pupils, some of the ideas can be delivered to KS3 pupils too.

Please click here for lots of resources, including downloadable ideas and a student passport/workbook and videos to help deliver each workshop. 

This video can be used as an introduction for the “event” which features the North London young role model from Alexandra Park in Haringey describing her sporting story alongside Nolli Waterman (GB Rugby player and 6 nations commentator).



British Gymnastics Physical Education Teachers Trampoline Award Part 2

There is a Trampolining course taking place at Harris Academy in South Norwood on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June 2021, 9.30am-4.30pm.

For further details and how to book please see that attached flyer.



‘Women into Coaching’ – FA Campaign

This campaign will celebrate the incredible work of female grassroots coaches, whilst also aiming to inspire more women to begin their coaching journey. Please feel free to share with any teachers, school staff and/or young leaders looking for information on where to start their coaching journey.

To kick off a series of monthly webinars, the Women & Girls Coach Development Officers will be hosting four regional events during March. Please click here for further information.

To register for the south region webinar taking place on Monday 29th March (7pm), please click here.



PE & Computing – Message from Dan Smith (Sandringham Computing Hub Lead)

Dan Smith, former PE HOD at East Barnet, has asked us to share the following…

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) was established in 2018, backed by significant funding from the DfE.

·        It’s vision is to achieve a world leading computing education for every child in England.

·        It provides training and resources as well as bursary’s to support teachers to achieve this.  

·        I co-lead the Sandringham Computing Hub, one of the local faces of the NCCE.

·        Our ‘patch’ covers all schools in Herts, Central Beds and several London boroughs.

However, we have been asked to lead on a new national initiative to develop non-specialists, in particular PE teachers, to upskill and offer computing as a ‘second subject’.

·        I’ll be leading a short interactive webinar to explore the benefits to teachers and their school of being able to teach computing as a second subject – The booking link is here. The session is on Tuesday 23rd March, 4.00-4.45pm.

·        After this webinar, PE teachers can then join us in a series of bursary supported training courses throughout the summer term, as they take part in the CS Accelerator programme. After which they’ll achieve a nationally recognised benchmark of competence accredited by the Royal Academy of Engineering and up to £1800 worth of bursary payments to their school.

·        An example from Alexander Gray, a PE teacher from the North East can be read here.   

·        You can read more detailed information about our Hub through our eBook


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