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Sport and play development in schools

What support is available to schools in the development of PE and sport?

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:

  • Continuous professional development
  • Positive Futures
  • Skip4life
  • Community use of schools
  • School swimming programme
  • Risk assessment support
  • Eriding Teacher and Learner website
  • Special school support.

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.

  • The Teachers section is dedicated to teaching and learning issues relating to PE and school sport. It contains health and safety information, as well as courses and up-and-coming initiatives that are being developed.
  • The Pupils section contains lots of information including courses and careers in sport, rules of sports and fun games.

Information on all of our programme areas listed above can be found on the eRiding website or please get in touch using the general enquiry form on the right-hand side of the page, or you can contact the Sports and Play Development Team at:


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How do you ensure the safety of pupils in PE and school sport?

The council provides support to schools to ensure pupils can enjoy PE and school sport in a safe environment.

Risk assessments:

Sport-specific risk assessment forms for schools are available from the eRiding website.

Voluntary clubs in school:

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:

  • club constitution or business plan
  • accident/incident report forms and completed annual risk assessment or action plan in place
  • first aid kit at all sessions
  • current public liability insurance
  • safeguarding policy including an anti bullying
  • all coaches and volunteers first aid and safeguarding trained (updated every three years)
  • named safeguarding/welfare officer who holds a clear CRB check (updated every three years)
  • all coaches and volunteers hold a clear CRB check (updated every three years)
  • all coaches hold recognised National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications.

Minimum operating standards for businesses:

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.

Coaches in schools guidance:

We provide support and advice for schools wanting to use coaches to deliver activities in schools.

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What are the guidelines on using coaches 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:

  • been assessed by the Headteacher or delegated responsible person to ascertain their competence
  • received an induction session which includes receiving and being made aware of the school child protection (safeguarding) reporting procedures, the safe and appropriate working guidance, the school physical intervention policy and other relevant standard procedures and rules
  • an understanding of the need to encourage pupils to adopt safe and responsible practices and deal sensibly with risk when using equipment and during outdoor activities
  • an enhanced CRB clearance, within the past three years, in accordance with the school’s own policy
  • a minimum of an emergency first aid certificate (completed in the past three years)
  • a child protection/safeguarding children course equivalent to East Riding Safeguarding Children Board Foundation or online core level (attended or completed in the past three years)
  • a minimum of level 2 coaching qualification (if leading the session).

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)

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