Lessons for schools to learn at Olympic legacy conference


Representatives from more than 140 of Hertfordshire’s primary schools descended on the University of Hertfordshire for a 2012 Legacy Conference hosted by the Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Olympics and Paralympics Legacy Board.

A mixture of headteachers, PE subject leaders, governors and school games organisers enjoyed inspirational keynote addresses from Baroness Sue Campbell, chair of the Youth Sport Trust, and triple Paralympic gold medallist Giles Long .

Long – a BAFTA winner for his part in Channel 4’s coverage of the 2012 Paralympics – stated his belief in the important role that primary school teachers play in the development of children.

This comes after the announcement that the primary school Sport Premium funding – recently announced by central government – will, for the first time, form part of the Ofsted inspection process.

Baroness Campbell urged headteachers to invest the available funds wisely; to develop subject leaders for physical education; to engage with the County and National School Games Programme; and to embed sustainability for high quality sport and physical education in school programmes.

“Our young people deserve a lot more and the Youth Sport Trust is committed to working with Hertfordshire’s school games officers, and the Herts Sports Partnership to ensure optimum use of the available funding,” she said.