Learning Through Sport
Learning through Sport is a unique and bespoke literacy program that has been developed using existing best practice from other successful initiatives such as the F.A., “Playing for Success” program and the Arsenal, “Double Club”, combined with the existing expertise of our own William Edwards School staff.
Aims of the program:
The main aims of Learning through Sport are: improving the literacy skills of targeted Year 8 students and improving the students’ attendance, punctuality and positive behaviour. In Year 9, the students follow an additional pathway which supports the development of their leadership and coaching skills in sport while continuing with the other established aims of the programme. Part of this additional pathway involves following the Sky Sports, “Living for Sport” project. In recent years we have been extremely privileged and proud to have worked closely with England Ladies Footballer, Casey Stoney and Freestyle Skier and Team GB Winter Olympian, Ellie Koyander. In 2016-17 we are excited to be working with former British Judo Champion and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Theo Spalding McIntosh.
The program uses contextualised learning combined with practically-based football sessions, trips and visits and a number of ongoing competitions. Students follow schemes of work that closely match those of the mainstream English classes but with the content themed around sport and topical sporting events and news. Practical football sessions are delivered by coaches from Chelsea F.C. as a reward for good effort and progress.
Trips and visits to sporting locations and facilities take place throughout the program and are used as a basis for some of the literacy work. Students are given their own identity as a group by being provided with branded Learning through Sport kit and tracksuit with our own specially designed logo. This becomes their school uniform for the 1 day a week when they are taking part in the project.
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Learning through Sport has been running at William Edwards School since 2012 with a new cohort of students starting every September. Since the programme’s inception, all the students who have been involved have shown significant progress in English and literacy and significant improvements in attendance and positive behaviour. In 2016, the first cohort of Learning through Sport students took their GCSE exams. These students all achieved tremendous results, not only gaining examination results that were higher than their target grades using all the key progress measures, but also out-performing other students in their year group.
New strands of Learning through Sport, following a similar format, have been developed and successfully piloted for Numeracy and Modern Foreign Languages. These will continue to be embedded into the curriculum and we will continuing to work with Year 5 and 6 students from the William Edwards feeder primary schools within the South West Essex Community Education Trust.
For any further information about the Learning through Sport programme, please contact the course leader Mr M Bowden on firstname.lastname@example.org
Living for Sport 2016
On Thursday 24th November 2016, we were extremely proud to welcome Commonwealth Gold Medallist and 6 time British Judo Champion Theo Spalding McIntosh to William Edwards. Theo delivered an energetic and motivational assembly to all students in Years 7-10 giving them some valuable advice and tips about how to be successful in whatever they choose to pursue in their lives. He then worked with Learning through Sport students from Year 8 and 9 to deliver a practical Judo session. All the students had a fantastic experience and learnt how to perform some Judo moves as well as having the opportunity to spend time with Theo and ask him questions about a big range of different things. William Edwards would like to give sincere thanks to Theo, and we look forward to welcoming him back for a whole day in June 2017.
Living for Sport Project
The students worked with former England Ladies football captain Casey Stoney to deliver the event which gave the younger students a chance to take part in a range of Paralympic sports that included blindfold football, wheelchair table tennis, sitting down volleyball and blindfold guided sprinting. The yr 9 students showed a fantastic range of organisation, leadership and coaching skills which allowed the younger students to experience what it is like to be a Paralympic athlete.
Well done to the Learning through Sport team!