NEW SCHOOL PE STANDARD MARK RECEIVES SEAL OF APPROVAL

19 Oct 2007

Welsh schools achieving high standards in the provision of PE opportunities are now set to benefit from a prestigious stamp of approval thanks to an all new partnership between the Sports Council for Wales and the Association for Physical Education (afPE).

ActiveMarc Cymru is a new schools accreditation scheme designed to offer schools the chance to achieve recognition for its commitment to developing high quality PE and school sport and for promoting the benefits of physical activity. The awards are open to primary and secondary schools, special schools and independent schools.

ActiveMarc Cymru

Schools that achieve the prestigious ActiveMarc Cymru status will receive a certificate and will be able to display the ActiveMarc Cymru logo on school documentation and websites for three years.

The Minister for Education, Children and Young People, Jane Hutt said:

"The good health and well-being of our young people is imperative. Through a range of Welsh Assembly Government schemes, including Health Challenge Wales, we are encouraging people of all ages to live healthier lifestyles. I hope that schools across Wales will strive to achieve the ActiveMarc Cymru and that all our pupils will reap the benefits of high quality PE and sports provision.

The Sports Council’s Lottery funded Dragon Sport scheme and the Welsh Assembly Government’s 5x60 and PE & School Sport (PESS) initiatives will each make their significant contributions to the awards.

Indeed, each of the schemes – which are managed by the Sports Council - have long been credited with the great strides that have been taken in the way PE is delivered in Welsh schools over recent years.

Active Marc Cymru Launch

Chair of the Sports Council for Wales Philip Carling welcomes the new scheme and the opportunities it will bring:

"School sport should not be underestimated. As well as contributing to academic excellence and encouraging sports participation, it plays a pivotal role in achieving a healthier Wales.

"The ActiveMarc Cymru award is an endorsement of the commitment that every Welsh school has to make sure that physical education has its rightful place in a balanced curriculum that seeks to develop the whole child. Awards such as this provide a benchmark of excellence to which schools can aspire to the benefit of all their pupils.

"ActiveMarc is all about helping and enabling schools to commit to developing their provision of physical activity. We want to make sure youngsters get the best possible start in sport."

When a school commits to applying for an ActiveMarc Cymru award, it engages in a process of self evaluation whereby strengths and areas for development are identified. The application form is aligned to the Estyn School Self Review and covers curriculum teaching and learning, Out of School Hours Learning (OSHL) and initiative shown to forge community links.

Chair of afPE Steve Kibble said:

"I am delighted to see the launch of ActiveMarc Cymru, and the close collaboration between Sports Council Wales and our Welsh members. afPE is proud to have been able to make a financial contribution and wish colleagues in Wales every success with this new venture.

"I am sure that ActiveMarc Cymru will make a significant contribution in raising the profile of PE, daily physical activity and school sport to the benefit of young people in Wales."

Schools can enter by completing the application form online via the ActiveMarc Cymru section of the Sports Council for Wales’ website sports-council-wales.org.uk. The closing date for applications is the end of February 2008.

Please contact Simon Leach, Communications Officer at the Association of Physical Education on 0 / 0

Lynette Evans at the Sports Council for Wales on /

Joanne Warlow, Senior Education Press Officer at the Welsh Assembly Government at /

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  • The PE and School Sport (PESS) Project was set up in 2000 as a result of a task force report outlining the key actions required to improve standards of PE.
  • The PESS project is managed by the Sports Council for Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly. SCW is supported by a national implementation team drawn from PE specialists across Wales. These specialists are also consultants supporting the development of the specialist projects and a team of national trainers to support the delivery of a high quality training programme as part of the project.