myphizz caught up with PE teacher at The McAuley Catholic High School, Richard Brosnan, to discuss how schools can maximise government funding and increase levels of engagement in PE lessons, whilst improving their approach to students’ physical and mental wellbeing.
How important is physical activity in schools?
“All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity in early life is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system and instils healthy habits of participation.
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical and mental wellbeing, including increasing self-esteem and lowering anxiety and depression. Children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers.”
What funding is available to support schools with physical education?
“Government funding such as Pupil Premium, Catch-up Premium and the PE and Sport Premium can help primary and secondary schools to achieve this aim. The PE and Sport Premium provides primary schools with £320m of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets.
Allocated directly to schools, the funding provides educational establishments with the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for pupils. myphizz enables schools and teachers to access the tools they need to engage students in an active curriculum and acts as an effective solution for spending Sport Premium funding."
How can schools use myphizz to maximise funding?
Implemented quickly and offering immediate and long-lasting impact, myphizz empowers children to take control of their own physical activity and provides teachers with access to a functional control dashboard which measures pupils’ activity levels. It is also an effective way to encourage pupils to meet Ofsted’s recommendations of at least 60 minutes of exercise per day across the week¹.
myphizz fits the government’s 5 key indicators of how to use the PE and Sport Premium funding perfectly. Any new initiative, product or tool implemented in schools should:
Engage all pupils in regular physical activity
Raise the profile of PE and Sport across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
Increase knowledge, confidence and skills of all staff teaching PE and sport
Broaden the experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
Increase participation in competitive sport
myphizz also provides teachers with tangible data relating to their students’ progression and can be used to inform future planning and meet Ofsted targets.
The app is available to download from the Apple App Store, Google Play and can be accessed as a web-based application on PCs, mobiles and tablets. myphizz, which runs through secure school networks and is only visible to school communities, has undergone numerous successful trials in schools earlier this year to test its ability to motivate children.
To find out more about myphizz and register for a 30-day free trial visit www.myphizz.com
Source 1: UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines (publishing.service.gov.uk)