250 Delegates from the World of PE & Sport in Cornwall Attend the 2019 Time 2 Move PE & School Sport Conference

Ali Oliver

Friday 1st November saw close to 250 delegates from the primary and secondary PE and School Sport (PE&SS) world in Cornwall attend Callywith College in Bodmin for the annual Time 2 Move PE&SS Conference.

The day opened with a demonstration from 'Drumba' who engaged with the delegates that included Secondary PE teachers, Heads of Department and PE leads from Primary Schools from Bude to Penzance to take part in a practical welcome using drumming as an activity to engage students to be active.

The day gave delegates the opportunity to listen to national leads including Ali Oliver CEO of the Youth Sport Trust who talked about the world of PE and School Sport being connected in to the world around us and the impact it can have if we all become 'Connected Leaders'.

Ali said:"It is always such a pleasure to spend time with the PE and school sport community in Cornwall.  This year's conference was full of energy, inspiration and challenge.  There is no substitute for thought leading content, the opportunity to reflect on one's own practice and the chance to network and learn from others, and the 2019 Time 2 Move Conference programme offered all of these things."

Steve Caldecott travelled down from Manchester to represent the Association for PE and gave an update on the new Ofsted Inspection Framework and the opportunity for PE&SS within this.

Delegates also attended inspirational workshops ranging from Active Maths, Power of an Active School, Active Travel and also practical sessions of Alternative Sports and Functional Fitness.

Ben Smith

The highlight of the day was listening to Ben Smith who completed 401 marathons in 401 days to raise the awareness of bullying. Ben shared his personal story of why he completed such a challenge and how he set up his own foundation to help people build confidence and self-esteem.

The day was organised by the four School Sport Networks in Cornwall Arena, Mid Cornwall, Peninsula and Penwith along with Active Cornwall.

Lee Adams, Head of PE at Poltair School commented:''The annual Time 2 Move PE and School Sport Conference was a great success for Poltair School giving us the opportunity to hear from national speakers, OfSted updates for PE and attend workshops on new initiatives to use in and out of the classroom. It enabled me to network and share good practice to take back to colleague at Poltair. This was all topped off with a motivational speech from Ben Smith about his challenges with mental health and the power of sport to support him in overcoming them.
Many thanks to the Cornwall School Games Organiser's and Active Cornwall for organising this great event."

Active Cornwall Children, Young People & Families lead Tim Marrion facilitated the day focusing on the five key elements of Physical Literacy: Enjoyment, Confidence, Competence, Understanding and Knowledge and how important Enjoyment is as the biggest driver of activity for children.

Tim said:"It was amazing to see and be involved in such an event in Cornwall with national leading content and delivered in such a professional way by our four school sport networks. The day really ensures that the professional workforce in schools feel supported to deliver high quality PE&SS and raise activity levels in our children, let's all make sure 'enjoyment 'is at the heart of everything we do!.

Seeing all the best practice on the day from our primary and secondary schools really demonstrates we have a talented sector striving to be the best they can be and help ensure we share this practice."

The Time 2 Move School of the Year Award sponsored by CAPH was presented to the winners Treloweth Primary School for their great work around delivering physical activity & sport not only in lessons but integrated throughout the whole school.

The conference also provided the perfect opportunity to present the 2019 Cornwall School Games Helen Glover Primary Championship Race winners Mount Hawke Academy and Jack Nowell Secondary Championship Race winners Mounts Bay Academy with their awards.

These awards don't just focus on the schools that win but reward the schools that participate, demonstrate the values and also achieve the School Games mark.

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