Excellence in Competitive School Sports

Ofsted Reprot – “Going the Extra Mile

A few quotes from the recent Ofsted report:

In independent schools, competitive sport isn’t an optional extra; it’s a key component in building self-esteem, confidence, school ethos and academic excellence. The drive to compete and excel in sport shapes a youngster’s character, binds the school together and reinforces the drive to compete and excel academically.

As this report makes clear, it is not resource that is the key to independent school success but attitude. Children are expected to compete, train and practise secure in the knowledge that teachers will go the extra mile to help them.

They use competitive sport to energise the entire school culture; their leaders understand its value and continually promote it. Pride in a team, the thrill of a new challenge, encouraging every pupil to have a go all pay academic dividends. As a result, attainment across these schools tends to be high

As things stand, many state schools treat competitive sport as an optional extra or fail to offer it any meaningful way. They get on the bus but fail to turn up on the pitch.

Children enjoy competition. It pushes them to do better and try harder. Of course, it also carries with it the risk of defeat, but how better to prepare pupils for the setbacks that life will inevitably throw at them? Not every child can or will go on to become a world champion, but every child will experience victories and defeats. And every student, wherever they are educated, deserves the opportunity to have their sporting passion identified and nurtured

the real value of competitive sport is the positive effect it has on education. Schools that win on the field win in the exam hall

A variety of other interlocking elements underpin sporting success in these independent schools. Investment in excellent sports facilities and effective coaching staff is a key component. However, the expectations placed on students and staff to participate in competitive sport is also crucial in delivering success.

In 15 of the maintained schools and academies we visited, competitive sport flourished largely because the headteacher and governors value it. Simply put, these schools were successful because headteachers and governors put in place the people, time and facilities to develop and maintain the school’s sporting traditions.

In the most successful maintained schools and academies, well-qualified coaches are employed, often on a permanent basis, to work alongside teachers in lessons and to coach school teams. Maintained schools and academies that employ sports coaches in this way place emphasis on both maximising participation and achieving high standards of performance.

SRU West Region Shield Fixtures

Fixtures for West Region Shield are now out.

 

Prelim round starts on 6th September, with Round 1 proper on 18th September.

 

Prelim Round – Sat 6 Sep 2014
Waysiders Drumpellier v Carrick
Stewartry v Cambuslang
Glasgow Academicals v Paisley
Oban Lorne v Allan Glen’s

Round 1 – Sat 18 Oct 2014
Clydebank v Glasgow Accies or Paisley
McLaren v Lenzie
Newton Stewart v Annan
Helensburgh v Garnock
Uddingston v Cumbernauld
GHK v Strathendrick
W Drumpellier or Carrick v Kilmarnock
Oban Lorne or A Glens v Stewartry or Cambuslang

The Rise of the Humans

The rapid growth of our digital world has brought huge advantages – access to information anywhere, at any time, and the ability to communicate with colleagues, family and friends around the globe in real-time.

Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft UK, argues that right now it feels like the machines are taking over but if we stop thinking about the digital deluge as a problem and instead see it as an incredible opportunity we will be able to redress the balance. Technology offers our society so much but it is up to us, the humans, to rise to that potential.

eBooks free, or £7 from Amazon, also YouTube video of what the guys about.

 

Scottish Teams Pull Out of B&I Cup

Having struggled for many years in the competition, the SRU have this year decided they cannot enter any Scottish Clubs in the B&I Cup competition due to scheduling issues.

The first round of fixtures are due to take place either side of the Autumn Tests (which to me suggests that fewer pro players will be available to be released to the Club sides), and Colin says, “Given this, we simply could not support six B&I Cup games in the first half of the season as this would have a significant impact on the integrity of our own BT Premiership competition.”

Last season, first round of B&I Cup fell in mid October, though group fixtures were spread out over a number of months.

Not exactly sure where the integrity of the Premiership competition comment comes from, as fixtures for this have still to be released, so would think there is still some flexibility here.

SRU release

“Given this, we simply could not support six B&I Cup games in the first half of the season as this would have a significant impact on the integrity of our own BT Premiership competition. – See more at: http://www.noodls.com/viewNoodl/23496699/irish-rugby-football-union/20-teams-to-compete-in-201415-british–irish-cup#sthash.lT8p4FvK.dpuf
“Given this, we simply could not support six B&I Cup games in the first half of the season as this would have a significant impact on the integrity of our own BT Premiership competition. – See more at: http://www.noodls.com/viewNoodl/23496699/irish-rugby-football-union/20-teams-to-compete-in-201415-british–irish-cup#sthash.lT8p4FvK.dpuf
“Given this, we simply could not support six B&I Cup games in the first half of the season as this would have a significant impact on the integrity of our own BT Premiership competition. – See more at: http://www.noodls.com/viewNoodl/23496699/irish-rugby-football-union/20-teams-to-compete-in-201415-british–irish-cup#sthash.lT8p4FvK.dpuf

3G Cashback Money

The next phase of 3G cashback money has been announced, with a further 6 projects being allocated £300k each.

•Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise at Townhead Park, Cumnock.
•South Ayrshire Council at Marr Playing Fields, Troon.
•Renfrewshire Council at Castlehead High School, Paisley.
•West Lothian Council at Linlithgow Leisure Centre.
•Craigie Community Sports Hub at Craigie High School, Dundee.
•Aberdeen Sports Village Ltd. at Aberdeen Sports Village.

more …

Junior World Cup – Group Stages

Well at the end of the Group stages, Scotland find themselves bottom of Group C, having played 3 and lost 3 – scoring 30 points and conceding 142.

Next match on Sunday is a semi final against Italy for the 9th place play-off.

The semi finals for the big prize sees England take on Ireland,  and South Africa take on New Zealnd (both of whom were in Group C).

Results

Does e-Learning Work

Piece from Pek Murray Goldberg, which reviews the findings of the Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning, A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies report from the US Department of Education from 2010.

His conclusions include:

eLearning has been around long enough and studied long enough that we can safely conclude that it is effective for all kinds of knowledge acquisition.

This study makes it clear that the benefits of eLearning are not domain-specific.
eLearning works. It has strengths which create an opportunity to do better than we do now. It is not a replacement for face to face or hands-on training.

The real discussion is about how we apply the strengths and advantages that eLearning brings to an industry that is in desperate need of better (not more) training, more uniform training, and an elevated discussion on what we can do to achieve these.

Adaptive Learning

“For more than a decade, K-12 educators have been hearing about the potential of adaptive learning, an approach to instruction and remediation that uses technology and accumulated data to provide customized program adjustments based on an individual student’s level of demonstrated mastery.”

http://thejournal.com/Articles/2014/05/14/Adaptive-Learning-Are-We-There-Yet.aspx?Page=1

References to:

Learning to Adapt: Understanding the Adaptive Learning Supplier Landscape

Learning to Adapt: A Case for Accelerating Adaptive Learning in Higher Education