Support available to schools, ensuring the safety of pupils and guidelines for using coaches in schools.
The council has a schools and young people team who provide support to primary, secondary and special schools. We are able to offer a high quality support and information service to all East Riding schools on all aspects of physical education and school sport.
The team has a number of projects ongoing at any one time which include:
The sport, play and arts service has an additional website dedicated to PE and school sport based within the local education authority's teachers and learners website eRiding.
eRiding Teaching and Learning Resources (external East Riding website)
The PE and School Sport area is divided into both a teachers and pupils section and provides a useful resource for all East Riding schools.
Information on all of our programme areas listed above can be found on the eRiding website. If you can't find what you are looking for contact us online.
Alternatively, you can email the Sports and Play Development Team at:
The council provides support to schools to ensure pupils can enjoy PE and school sport in a safe environment.
Sport-specific risk assessment forms for schools are available from the eRiding website.
Whilst we absolutely encourage local clubs to forge links with their schools we have a policy in place to ensure the welfare of the pupils. It is essential that every sports group delivering activities to young people within a school have at least level 1 of the East Riding Accreditation Scheme (ERCAS) which confirms they meet the following criteria, even if the school has been working with these groups for years:
The policy is the same for sports businesses working in schools who also need to achieve minimum operating standards through the Quality Assured Sports Business Scheme.
All clubs and businesses that gained accreditation through the council are now issued with an award letter and certificate of achievement which is renewed on an annual basis. It is therefore essential that schools ask to see either the approval letter or the certificate if approached by a club/business rather than just accepting the word of the organisation.
We provide support and advice for schools wanting to use coaches to deliver activities in schools.
Sports coaches and volunteers play a vital role in supporting schools to deliver high quality school sport. However, it is the school's responsibility to ensure that coaches coming into their school are competent.
In order to provide safe, high quality sessions, the Sport and Physical Education in the East Riding (SPEER) group have adopted this guidance alongside their current minimum operating standards. Therefore, all coaches (whether paid or unpaid) working in schools must have:
As stated in the guidance, it is essential for class teachers to directly supervise support staff at all times in order to evaluate their competence. Direct supervision involves support staff working alongside a class teacher so that the teacher can intervene at any time, if necessary.
At a later stage, more distant supervision may be appropriate for the coach according to their competence and the level of responsibility assigned to them. This would allow them to work at some distance from a class teacher. However, frequent monitoring by the teacher is essential and required.
This guidance is in place to ensure the welfare of pupils and to maintain high quality school sport in schools. Further details can be found on the eriding website.
eriding (external East Riding website)