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YST National School Sport Week

More than 80 pupils will join schools up and down the country in being part of a week-long celebration of the power of Physical Education and school sport to improve young people’s wellbeing in June.

YST National School Sport Week (NSSW) will inspire schools and supporters to use Physical Education and school sport much more intentionally to promote wellbeing and support the personal development of young people.

Children from Westbury Academy will have the opportunity to take part in ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ between 24 to 28 June.

Mr Drew, Head of PE stated “We are continuing to commit ourselves as Lead Inclusion School for Nottingham to the Youth Sport Trust and will be engaging in Sports Week 2019. During that time, we will be hosting our ‘Step into Sport’ leadership camp which will include pupils of Westbury but also from within the Raleigh Learning Trust. Here we are hoping to build on pupils wellbeing and the excellent work the school does on a daily basis.”

The Youth Sport Trust, which has been working in partnership with education for 24 years to improve the provision and impact of physical education, play and sport, has said too many young people are missing out on the life-changing benefits that can be delivered with the right approach, and it’s time for change.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive Officer at the Youth Sport Trust, said:

“It’s fantastic that Westbury Academy is taking part and showing their commitment to championing the power of sport to improve young people’s lives.

“The wellbeing of young people has been in decline and too many are struggling with issues that a good quality Physical Education could support them with. But four in five young people aren’t active enough and schools have been cutting time for PE on the curriculum.

“To turn this around we need like-minded schools, teachers, parents, young people and others to join together this YST National School Sport Week and show why PE and sport have an essential role to play in every young person’s development and that the subject should have the same importance as Maths and English within a child’s education.

“The focus of YST National School Sport Week 2019 will be on raising awareness of the vital role of PE and school sport in helping young people experience the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’:

  1. getting them active
  2. connecting
  3. giving back
  4. taking notice
  5. learning

“I’d urge anyone who cares about young people’s health, happiness and success in school to sign up and join our campaign to improve young people’s lives.”

There will be the chance for schools to win a visit from one of the Youth Sport Trust’s inspirational athlete mentors by sharing their best photos and videos during the week on social media demonstrating this year’s theme.

Among those championing the week will be Ben Smith, the man who ran 401 marathons in 401 days. Schools will be given an opportunity for their pupils to be part of his next awe-inspiring challenge, USA 2020, through a partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and his 401 Foundation, which will culminate in National School Sport Week 2020.

Ben is a wellbeing ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust. He said:

“I’m delighted to be working with the Youth Sport Trust. Their mission is really close to my heart because I believe that physical exercise can help people to ‘find their happy’ and improve their wellbeing irrespective of their ability or background.”

Anyone can take part in YST National School Sport Week by signing up at www.youthsporttrust.org/nssw. The charity will share key developments and provide free resources with schools and supporters to help promote events, offer tips and ideas for getting the most out of the week.

Follow and join in the conversation on social media using @YouthSportTrust #NSSW

About the Youth Sport Trust:

The Youth Sport Trust is a children’s charity working to ensure every child enjoys the life-changing benefits that come from play and sport. It has more than 20 years expertise in pioneering new ways of using sport to improve children’s wellbeing and give them a brighter future.

The charity works with more than 20,000 schools across the UK and operates on a local, national and global level. It harnesses the power of sport, physical activity and PE to build life skills, connections between people and support networks which increase life chances through greater attainment, improved wellbeing and healthier lifestyles. www.youthsporttrust.org

New Arrivals!

Today we have welcomed some new members to the Westbury family. Meet our baby rabbits!

They join our chickens Hilda, Maple and Ebony, and bearded dragon, Sisqo, as part of Animal Care BTEC, and will be on hand as reading rabbits to support pupils who feel anxious. They don’t have names just yet, but there will be a competition to name them so watch this space…

INCLUSION 2020

Westbury Academy, through the Nottingham Sports Partnership, to provide inclusive youth sport opportunities through festivals.

Hundreds of young people from Nottinghamshire will have the chance to take part in inclusive sports activities in the run up to the 2020 Paralympic Games.

Westbury Academy is working with children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, which is leading a consortium of organisations commissioned by the Department for Education, to increase opportunities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to enjoy Physical Education, school sport and physical activity.

The new programme, Inclusion 2020, will see pupils of all abilities experience a variety of sports and get the opportunity to compete. They will be supported by a team of Youth Sport Trust athlete mentors including ParalympicsGB swimmer Kate Grey.

Westbury Academy is one of 50 Lead Inclusion Schools – hubs of expertise on inclusive PE and sport – which is championing inclusive PE in its local area. As well as staging festivals, the school will be responsible for training staff and sharing best practice with other schools to improve the provision of PE, school sport and physical activity for young people with SEND.  This includes Social, emotional and mental health needs as well as physical disability.

Joe Drew, who is in charge of the YST Lead Inclusion project and based at Westbury Academy said “this is a fantastic opportunity to promote the Paralympic Games.  Our ultimate aim is to inspire the next generation to love sport so the more opportunities we can provide the better chance we have to create positive habits that will last a lifetime”.

Inclusion 2020 will aim to reach tens of thousands of pupils, 2,800 schools and train 6,000 teachers and coaches ahead of the 2020 Games. The consortium of organisations led by the Youth Sport Trust includes Activity Alliance, the British Paralympic Association, Nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) and Swim England.

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:

“Schools have come a long way in improving the provision of sport and play for young disabled people, but we know there is still more we can do.

“Taking part in fun and inclusive sport and play unlocks so many other life benefits. It improves well being, increases confidence and helps build relationships and a sense of belonging. It can help forge friendships and foster inclusive and respectful environments within schools. 

“Ahead of Tokyo 2020, we want to build excitement and inspire children and young people. Inclusion 2020 offers a fantastic opportunity to work with schools, teachers and parents to ensure that having special educational needs or a disability is no barrier when it comes to benefiting from high-quality PE, sport and physical activity.”

Minister for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi said:

“With excitement already building for Tokyo 2020, we are delighted to be funding this project which is a great opportunity to make sure all pupils can enjoy the benefits of staying active – let’s hope it may even inspire some future Olympic and Paralympic stars.

“We want every child – including those with special educational needs and disabilities – to have the opportunity to find a sport they love, and this funding will build on the £320 million we are providing through the PE and Sport Premium to help primary schools encourage all of their pupils to lead active lives.”

For more information about the project please contact Joe Drew

J.Drew [@] westbury.nottingham.sch.uk

About the Youth Sport Trust:

The Youth Sport Trust is a children’s charity working to ensure every child enjoys the life-changing benefits that come from play and sport. It has more than 20 years expertise in pioneering new ways of using sport to improve children’s well being and give them a brighter future.

The charity works with more than 20,000 schools across the UK and operates on a local, national and global level. It harnesses the power of sport, physical activity and PE to build life skills, connections between people and support networks which increase life chances through greater attainment, improved well being and healthier lifestyles. www.youthsporttrust.org 

Twitter: @YouthSportTrust 

Facebook: YouthSportTrust 

Instagram: @youthsporttrust

LinkedIn: Youth Sport Trust

Autism Friendly Family Fun

BUILD, CREATE, PLAY, READ, ENJOY!

Nottingham City Libraries are offering autism friendly sessions designed especially for children with autism and their families. Get involved with lots of activities such as playing with Lego, crafts and stories.
You can do as little or as much as you like in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Locations and Dates:

St Ann’s Valley Library on the first Saturday of the month:

  • 2 February
  • 2 March
  • 6 April

Strelley Library the last Saturday of the month:

  • 26 January
  • 23 February
  • 30 March

For more information contact: St Ann’s Valley Library on 8839700
or Strelley Library on 0115 9152880

Autism Friendly Sessions Poster (pdf)

New Build Opening Ceremony

Westbury officially opened its new £4m expansion on 2nd October – increasing its provision from 45 permanent places to 120 places.

Work started earlier in the summer to get the buildings ready for the new academic year with new classrooms, offices and recreation facilities for KS2 and 3.

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony and plaque-unveiling was held at Westbury with Cllr Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Education and Skills in Nottingham, to mark the official opening.

Marcus Wells, Principal of Westbury Academy, said: “Our school continues to make a difference to our pupils and I am very proud to see the recognition that we are receiving for this through the commitment of the council in funding this development. We’re really excited by this expansion at Westbury and the opportunity it gives to pupils in Nottingham City. Increasing capacity from 45 permanent places to 120 places means more parents can access this specialist provision.”

Councillor Khan added: “When we started out on this expansion programme, it was essential to make sure that top-class facilities are made available to all pupils in Nottingham, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

“As well as extending current special schools, we are working to introduce further specialist provision within mainstream schools in the City to support those parents who want more options available to them.”