As you are no doubt aware, 2012 is the year of the London Olympic Games, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the UEFA European Championships, to be hosted by Poland and the Ukraine. During these events, interest and excitement, in both children and adults, will reach fever pitch across the entire country.
Enrich your curriculum with fun days of active learning
Evolve have developed a range of curriculum event days to engage with young learners of all abilities and all year groups, and these are not just other overly competitive Olympic based events.
It is that time of year when headteachers have to prioritise resources and make important decisions about what their school can or cannot afford. During this time of significant change within education, the pressure on school business managers, governors and senior leadership to make effective judgements is more intense than ever.
The Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Fund recently published a Pupil Premium Toolkit to offer schools a summary of the best educational research in order to make informed financial decisions and maximise the benefit of school spending. The toolkit was developed by a team of academics at the University of Durham and led by Professor Steve Higgins.
The impact and cost effectiveness of a number of themes are assessed with some useful and interesting findings.
John Bishop recently met with Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Public Health Minister, to look at ways of combating the rising obesity levels in the UK.
John joined colleagues from Play England and Docklands Settlements at Portcullis House to debate the issue and agree effective measures that should be taken to encourage children to become more physically active. The debate focussed on two main areas: during school time and out of school settings.
In this country it is traditional for schools to give a major focus to academic development as they compete for success in the school league tables. However at Evolve: A Social Impact Company we place our focus on developing every child and are well aware that there are other areas that need highlighting – specifically the health, talents and passions of the young learners.
COMPASS – Community of Providers of Physical Activity and Sports – held its first meeting of Founding members on Wednesday 1st February.Compass aims to become the trade association for companies providing externally delivered physical activity and sport into schools. Evolve directors Graham Morgan and John Bishop attended with 16 other key stakeholders and Graham has been appointed to lead Compass on all health related matters.
Evolve director Graham Morgan was invited to present at the sixth annual conference of Sports and Physical Activity Provision for Children and Young People, along with some well known speakers such as Kate Hoey (former Minister for Sport) and England rugby legend Rory Underwood.