PlayMaker Award

Developing learner's leadership skills

PlayMaker Award

Developing learner's leadership skills

What is Balance-Ability?

Balance-ability is the UK's first accredited 'learn to cycle' programme for children aged 2½ to 6 years old.

The programme is a structured course that combines unique ergonomic balance bikes with a schedule of fun activities that build confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills enabling young children to cycle without ever needing stabilisers.

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What is the PlayMaker Award?

The PlayMaker Award is a great introduction into leadership giving learners knowledge of how to organise small games and activities that can be used during curricular and extracurricular time, lunchtimes, breaks, as well as in sports clubs outside school hours. The PlayMaker Award aims to help learners develop leadership skills such as organisation, communication and teamwork, as well as helping to build confidence and self-esteem as they take on the responsibility of assisting in leading their peers and younger children.

Who is the PlayMaker Award for?

Anyone can become a PlayMaker, regardless of their sporting experience or prowess. The PlayMaker Award is designed in a way so that learners can participate and learn about key leadership skills. The recommended age range is 9-11.

How is the PlayMaker Award delivered?

Sports Leaders UK suggest approximately six hours for delivery of this Award. The length of the course will depend on your learners’ ability and the time you have available. RB Gym and Sport deliver the PlayMaker Award as a one-day course.

Is there any formal assessment?

Learners will all receive a leadership journal which they can use to record what they have done during the course; what they have learnt, what they have enjoyed and what they found most challenging. Certificates will be awarded once learners have completed the core elements of the PlayMaker Award and have put PACE into practice.

Key Features

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How does RB Gym and Sport’s address the DFE Standards?

Professional development should have a clear focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes

  • Differentiated activities and lessons to ensure all pupils are challenged and make swift progress.
  • Regular shared assessment to match needs, experience and knowledge to curriculum support activities and delivery.

Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise​

  • Pre and post audit/evaluation.
  • Impact data reports.
  • Curriculum progress recording.
  • Quality assurance through regular observations and training.
  • Evidence reported on professional development forms.
  • Each member of staff has their own personal development folder to help develop, support, reflect and evidence progress​.

Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge

  • Sport Educators provide ongoing support, modelling, and challenge.
  • Regular feedback to help create, achieve, and reflect on weekly goals.

Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge

  • Delivered on site in your lesson with your pupils.
  • Mentoring relationship pre, during and post lesson delivery.
  • Ongoing support for all teachers taking part.
  • Sport Educator can help engage children in sustained physical activity opportunitiese.g. Extra-curricular clubs, playleader awards etc.

Why is Balance-Ability important for children?

Pedal independently

Nearly half of the UK’s kids are unable to ride a bike by the time they turn six due to the increased pressures of modern lifestyles. By the time children reach year 5, only 50% of pupils on average can ride a pedal bike independently. Through a fun and safe introduction to riding a bike, Balance-ability aims to 'embed in the psyche' of young children that cycling is a part of life.

Improve skills

By improving balance and sensory processing skills, children with healthy vestibular systems can excel and those with challenges or weaknesses (those with Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, ADD and ADHD) can improve dramatically.

Enjoy physical activity

Fundamental motor skills are the building blocks for engagement in physical activity and aid all aspects of the learning process. If these skills are underdeveloped in childhood, children's ability to participate in and enjoy physical activity can be greatly diminished. In practicing gross and fine motor skills, children not only gain intellectually, but also grow in strength, develop new skills, and enjoy increased confidence levels in the face of new challenges.

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Activities

Fast Track

Demonstrate height and control of the body whilst you combine a variety of gymnastics jumps together across a 10-metre-long trampoline

Trampoline

Feel what it’s like to fly as you explore a range of jump, turns and seat drops on the trampoline.

A-Bars

Circle forward on the bar, use your strength to hold shapes and swing forwards and backwards on the A-Symmetrical bars.

Beam

Walk tall on tip toes 4 foot off the floor, in a variety of directions, perform ½ and 1/1 turns and stay as still as a statue as we test your 1 footed balance’s.

Floor

Perfect your forward roll across the floor and perform it from a jump onto high equipment.

Vault

Unleash your power as you run, hurdle step and squat on to various vaulting equipment.

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6 Key reasons to deliver the PlayMaker Award

  1. Focus on the four core areas of leadership – Participants, Area, Communication and Equipment.
  2. Includes access to comprehensive resources which are easy to use.
  3. Leadership challenges give ideas on how PlayMakers can put their basic leadership skills into practice after the course.
  4. Links with the home encourages home/school links through the inclusion of home-based activities and by asking parents/carers to contribute to learners’ Leadership Journals.
  5. Supports Key Stage 2 curriculum for English, physical education, PSHE and citizenship
  6. The award can have a sustainable benefit to your school and can help you to achieve your sport premium aims by:
    • Encouraging active play during break times and lunchtimes.
    • Encouraging pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school (such as ‘sport leader’ or peer-mentoring schemes).

Boosting your school's swimming education

Choosing Swim:ED creates a streamlined, effective swimming programme in  your primary school. Ensuring many distinct advantages, such as:

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How your school can budget
for English on the Move

PE and Sport Premium

English on the Move addresses key indicators and raises the profile of physical activity across the whole school as a tool for whole-school improvement.

Pupil Premium

English on the Move raises the confidence and attainment of your pupils and ‘closes the gap’.

English Budget

English on the Move introduces innovative methods and helps your pupils achieve national standards in English.

Funding for Balance-Ability

Schools can utilize their Sport Premium Funding with Balance-Ability meeting the following targets:

  • Embedding physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active break times and active lessons and teaching.

  • Develop or add to the PE, Physical Activity and Sport that your school provides.

  • Providing targeted activities or support to involve and encourage the least active children.

Hassle free evidence and impact for teachers

RB Gym and Sport Educators ensure that Balance-ability is a progressive 'outcome based' learning programme where children are assessed at regular points throughout the course in order to monitor and measure progress. Schools will receive assessment data to help them account for physical literacy within children and a short impact report to help evidence the programme to Ofsted and use in your Sport Premium Evidence and Impact report.

All resources included

All Balance-ability sessions come with:

  • An accredited RB Gym and Sport Balance-ability Instructor

  • Balance-ability bikes and pedal bikes

  • Balance and co-ordination training aids

  • Road awareness signs and course cones

  • Visual activity cards

A vital life skill every child deserves

Swimming is an essential life skill. Alarmingly, 1 in  4 children in England leave primary school unable to swim 25 metres or perform crucial safe self-rescue—this could surge to 1 in 3 by 2025, if  no action is  taken. Swim:ED is here to stem the tide, ensuring every pupil is equipped with this life-saving skill.

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I would whole-heartedly recommend RB Gym and Sport for any school looking for high-quality professionals with a clear understanding of the Primary PE Curriculum.

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Provision: 12 weeks of a Full Day Balance-Ability Programme

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The future of primary school swimming

Swim:ED is an innovative programme that makes swimming education accessible and inclusive for every primary school. Let's dive into its unique features:

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On-site swimming from £10,750

Every primary school is unique and when all costs are considered, Swim:ED is often more cost-effective than a traditional swimming programme. We offer delivery models over 5 to 7 weeks, accommodating up to 180 children in swimming and water safety lessons.

Easily navigate space challenges with our temporary changing rooms, starting at just £250, and enhance your Swim:ED journey by incorporating extra-curricular clubs into your programme, utilising Pupil Premium or PE and Sport Premium funding.

Why?

Physical Inactivity

Today’s children may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Currently, just 23% of boys and 20% of girls meet the recommended 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. For many children in your school, the school day provides their only opportunity to be active.

Workforce

Ofsted’s new framework highlights health, well-being and behaviour as key priority areas. However, tight budgets have resulted in schools struggling to identify ways in which they can engage children in activity and boost health and well-being throughout the school day. As a result, non-teaching staff are often used to supervise children on the playground. Yet, most receive little or no training.

Engagement

In so many school’s children become bored on the playground and football dominates, mainly because there isn’t anything else to do. Our risk adverse culture and play equipment that usually includes balls, skipping ropes and a few hoops often means there is little to stimulate our pupil’s imagination.

Pupil Behaviour

These common problems lead to a high level of lunchtime incidents and accidents. Lunchtime supervisors are often left to try and resolve petty arguments that can end up carrying over into the classroom.

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How does your school swimming measure up?

Where to start with improving your school's swimming provision? We've got just the tool for you. With the help of our friends at Swim England, we've developed the Primary School Swimming Review, designed to give you insights into your current swimming programme and help identify areas of improvement. You'll receive a FREE personalised report in four minutes or less showing how your school can improve swimming proficiency and water safety by answering a few simple questions.

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Invest in the professional development of your staff and unlock the potential of your school's gymnastics program with our tailored Staff Training Workshops. Contact us today to discuss your requirements and book your workshop.

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We work with experts in high-quality modular structures, ensuring your pupils enjoy safe, secure, and efficient swimming lessons with minimal disruption to your school. Our temporary modular systems are quick to install, secure, and adhere to the highest safety standards, while preserving the integrity of your playground.

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