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Building Schools For the Future Geoff Sheldon and Jim Birleson

Building Schools for the Future County Durham Building Communities of Practice

Agenda •  What is BSF? •  BSF in County Durham •  PE and sport within the Durham BSF programme

What is BSF? •  Largest capital investment programme for 50 years •  Strategic approach to investment across secondary school estate •  Aims to provide world-class teaching and learning environments •  Will improve the life chances of 3.3 million young people

Durham’s BSF Project •  £530 million investment, including £100 million for ICT •  45 Schools including 6 special schools and 1 PRU •  10 year duration commencing Spring 2009

Objectives To secure first class learning outcomes from world class teaching and learning environments To maximise the regenerative and community benefits

Durham’s Challenges and Opportunities •  The scale of our programme •  Levels of deprivation •  Falling school rolls •  County Durham’s 'rurality' •  Relatively poor stock in the existing estate

Transforming learning environments





How can we ensure this knowledge and information contributes to the BSF CSP




PE & Sport Stakeholder Group

ICT Working Group

Local Authority’s Strategy for Change: Visioning document for future provision

TECHNICAL Working Group Legal Working Group


Financial Working Group

County Durham PE and Sport – Over-arching aim •  As a legacy to 2012 create a worldclass physical education and sport programme for all young people (aged 3 – 19) in County Durham.

PE & Sport Stakeholder Group Remit • 

To act as the key stakeholder group to provide a collective lead on how BSF will contribute to the development of physical education, sport and physical activity in County Durham. 1.  Ensure transformation - not just more of the same 2.  Develop world class facilities for the North East which will inspire young people 3.  Ensure that there is a strategic approach across the County and within districts

AIMS OF PESSG •  Match school and community aspirations •  Identify and support potential communities of practice •  Liaise with NGBs •  Identify further funding possibilities •  Provide advice on design

Transformation – improving schools •  •  •  •  •  • 

Improved behaviour Improved attendance Improved concentration Improved attainment Improved inclusion More young people achieving

•  Neighbourhood renewal •  Social inclusion •  Reduction in crime and disorder •  Improved health •  Raised levels of achievement •  Increased participation •  Increase in volunteering

The Modern Learner •  •  •  •  • 

Communication Literacy Planning and organisation Computing/IT Customer relations

PLTS •  Self-managers •  Team workers •  Effective participators •  Reflective learners •  Independent enquirers •  Creative thinkers

Model Diploma Holder in Sport and Active Leisure •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  • 

Knowledge of sport & leisure industry Has communication/people skills – good team worker Has customer service skills Is practical, has problem-solving/organisational skills Is responsible and self-confident Is receptive to part-time and volunteer work as a route into the industry Has legislation knowledge esp. health and safety Is able to work with special populations eg young people Understands the technical qualifications he/she will require Understands the importance of being physically active

Proposed Specialist Learning Areas •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  • 

Life-saving (Levels 1/2) Facility operations management (Level 3) Sports medicine – incl. injuries/physiotherapy (Level 3) Sport/leisure event management (Levels 2/3) Officiating (Levels 1/2/3) Coaching/Activity Leadership ( Levels 1/2/3) Sports surfaces/grounds maintenance (Levels 2/3) Playwork (Levels 1/2/3) Exercise/fitness/physical activity (Levels 1/2/3) Sports legacy development (Levels 2/3) Youth work (Levels 2/3) Sport/leisure business skills (Levels 2/3) The outdoors (Levels 1/2/3)

It would be wicked if we had our own swimming pool, then we could even do synchronised swimming and water polo.

The opportunity for us to do more different stuff like climbing. Could we have our own climbing wall at school?

Community of Practice •  •  •  •  •  •  •  • 

DCC Physical Education Inspector/Adviser DCC Director of Sport & Leisure County Durham Sport Executive Director BSF Project Manager Sport England Planning/Design Officer 1 x Head Teacher 2 x Directors of Sport Continental Sports Technical Adviser


Some Strengths •  Well established specialist sports colleges and School Sport Partnerships •  Recognised areas of excellence •  Range of sporting strengths across all secondary schools •  Some well established dual use school/ community sports halls •  Sports Development Strategy in draft

Progress to date •  Detailed report accepted by BSF board including recommended minimum PE/sport requirements (in excess of BB98) •  Mapping exercise completed - strategic PE/sport facility plan accepted by Board •  NGB priorities agreed and “in-principle” built into BSF plans •  First Durham school 6-court sports hall

In Progress! (individual school projects) •  •  •  •  • 

1 x BCF cycling track 1 x EBBA basketball arena 6 x FA floodlit 3G pitches 1 x sports science centre (fitness lab etc) 1 x dance centre of excellence with in-house dance group) •  5 x community sports centres on school sites (wet/dry facilities)

Obstacles •  Time •  Estates •  Funding •  Bureaucracy


•  Geoff Sheldon – Inspector for PE and Sport, Durham County Council

Building Schools For the Future Geoff Sheldon and Jim Birleson

Geoff Sheldon and Jim Birleson - BSF  

Presentation from the ESP National Conference 2009. Presented by Geoff Sheldon, PE Inspector for Durham and Jim Birleson, Head Teacher for L...