Inclusive PE and School Sport Programme

Type of service:
Local Government Department
Northamptonshire Sport, c/o Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Northampton NN1 3ED
Telephone number:
01604 364680
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Service description:
The Northamptonshire School Sports Inclusive Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) programme helps to increase and improve sports and PE opportunities to both Special Schools and for any children with SEND attending mainstream schools. They work with all participating schools to provide a programme that meets the student’s specific needs and offer a range of activities to cater for all children, enabling them to be active and involved in school sports and activities from PE lessons to afterschool clubs.
The Inclusive PE section of Northamptonshire sport is able to offer advice to schools on providing suitable PE for students with special educational needs and disabilities.

Please contact Rhian Turnbull at Friars Academy for specific advice.

Students are able to participate in a county wide programme of opportunities from School Games competitions, to come and try opportunities, festivals and Sports Leadership Courses.

Level 3 School Games

Inclusive Competitions provide an opportunity for students with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) to compete alongside mainstream peers in the same team, in the same competition. A minimum of 50% of a team competing in an Inclusive Competition must be students with special educational needs or disabilities

District Level 2 Competitions

• Arrows KS2
• Goalball KS2
• New Age Kurling (KS1 and KS2)

Delivered by School Sport Partnerships

Project Ability Competitions provide an opportunity for students with special educational needs or disabilities to compete in national governing body structured competitions. School Games rules must be adhered to at all times as these competitions progress to Level 3 School Games and/or regional levels of competition.

Open Level 3 competition

• Boccia (KS2,3, 4)
• Lord Taverner’s Table Cricket (Pan disability) KS3, 4
• TriGolf (KS2, 3, 4)

These can lead to regional competitions

See Project Ability for more information.

Delivered by School Sport Partnerships

Festival Programme provide a less competitive environment for students, allowing them the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the rules, skill development and enable them to apply both of these in a relaxed environment.

Festivals do not lead to a level of competition that needs strict rules and therefore there should be expectation from staff that not all rules will be applied and students are allowed help.

• Sportshall Athletics
• Tri Golf
• Table Cricket
• Sitting Volleyball
• Handball

The festivals programme opportunities are led by young SEND leaders who have undertaken sports leaders courses to help gain confidence to deliver and host their own sports festivals and opportunities at school

Motor Activity Training Programme (MATP) Pan Disability is to help students with profound and multiple disabilities and PMLD to improve their motor skills in a fun way to enable them to improve their mobility and take part in fun activities. This has been developed with partners from health services

Northamptonshire is one of the first counties to introduce a national initiative called the MATP – Motor Activity Training Programme – which caters for PMLD children and offers individuals a specific programme of tasks and activities in conjunction with ongoing physiotherapy to develop mobility, dexterity, hitting or kicking skills, that then can be incorporated as part of a recognised game and activities.

The team ensures that the inclusive programme can provide opportunities for all abilities

• Primary—KS1/2
• Secondary - KS3/4

Contact Michelle Reeves for more information.

Young Leader Training will provide older students with the opportunity to officiate and manage participation and competition within the Festival programme.

Delivered by School Sport Partnerships Contact Michelle Reeves for more details.

Step into Sport Conference 1 will provide students with core skills and qualities to equip them to undertake further sport specific training opportunities.

Step into Sport Conference 2 will reward and celebrate students’ achievements through leadership.

Sports specific training will provide students with the skills and qualities to be able to confidently and competently support the delivery of Festivals.

Contact Michelle Reeves for more information

Come & Try opportunities are a way for students to experience a new sport or activity without having the pressure of being within a competitive or Festival style environment. The dates for these are found on the Programme Timetable. On occasions experienced and qualified coaches may lead part of the session. These sessions provide a great opportunity for teachers’ continuing professional development as well.

Delivered by School Sport Partnerships or contact Michelle Reeves

Schools wishing to access any part of the inclusive PE programme will need to contact Natalie Lawrenceto set up a school contract.

Inclusive PE programme 2018 to 2019

Age range:
5 years - 18 years
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age - School (5-18)
Referral route:
  • Contact service direct
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