Sheffield Physical Education, School Sport & Physical Activity (PESSPA) Alliance

PESSPA Toolkit

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This strategic toolkit, which you can download on the left, sets out our vision for Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity within Sheffield. It has been developed by a strategic alliance of groups and organisations who are passionate about the value and importance of Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity.

We believe that:

  • high quality PE, School Sport and Physical Activity are essential in preparing children and young people to live healthy lives.
  • consistent access to educational establishments who are characterised by the embedded and exemplary characteristics in this toolkit will make a significant contribution to the long term health outcomes of our children and young people.
  • supporting pupils to be more active in PE, Schools Sport and Physical Activity will improve our children’s mental health, physical health and improve their academic attainment and achievement.

This toolkit has been designed to be used by Sheffield schools and builds on the PE Pledge which was developed and introduced in 2016. The pledge statements have been revised and now include more detailed descriptors, which provide an audit for schools to use in order to evaluate their provision and plan strategically for improvement. The toolkit also provides guidance on each aspect so that our collective understanding of the evidence base for best practice is enhanced.

The strategic alliance will continue to develop the PESSPA Toolkit using a research programme and feedback from schools. This will enable the content to support and challenge schools to improve the impact of their provision on the life chances of Sheffield’s children and young people.