National Conference for Directors of Sport in Prep Schools

Thursday, 21 June 2018 Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Marlow Book online

National Conference for Directors of Sport in Prep Schools

Welcome to the annual Conference for Directors of Sport in Prep schools.

The landscape of PE and Games in the unique prep sector is changing rapidly. Traditions of compulsory team games for all are under threat, and there is a growing concern to make this subject more relevant and inclusive. There is wide recognition that the quality of the pupil experience at prep school has significant impact on both performance and engagement throughout a child’s school life and beyond. Providing positive experiences and establishing a foundation of physical literacy are the key ingredients in achieving enthusiasm and capabIlity for all pupils.

The Prep sector has a long history of high performance in sport. We are delighted that IAPS is contributing news in its thoughts and plans for the future of competition at these levels. Delegates will be invited to inform this debate by contributing their views. The coaching of games in order to achieve high standards will also be considered.

The afternoon offers a choice of sessions from a range of topical issues. This is intended to allow delegates to pursue issues of particular interest. The day concludes with a discussion forum in which concerns and solutions can be shared in an atmosphere of collaborative networking.

This is an opportunity for forward thinking prep school Directors of Sport to gain awareness of current issues and new approaches to ensure their programmes are modern, inclusive and future proof.

Programme

9.30am
Conference assembles. Coffee etc

10.00am
IAPS Sport; Past, Present and Future
with Mark Brotherton, Director of Education, IAPS

10.30am
Achieving a foundation of physical literacy for all pupils
with Kate Thornton-Bousfield, Youth Sports Trust

11.15am
Coffee

11.30am
Learning through Coaching Games
with Richard Cheetham MBE

12.15pm
Preparing for ISI inspection
with John Cox

1.00pm
Lunch

1.45pm
Seminar Programme
Delegates may choose one of the following sessions,
which will run simultaneously

Preparing Schools for Senior School Sports Awards Assessments  
with Paul Askew, Clifton College

or
Working with Parents in Schools  
with Gordon Maclelland

or
What about the ‘leftovers’? Meaningful physical activity for the less able
with Neil Rollings

2.45pm
Discussion forum

3.30pm
Conference Closes

Prices

PADSIS Members £169

Non members £189

Two delegates from the same school £239

PADSIS membership £59
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Guest Speakers

Kate Thornton-Bousfield

Kate joined the Youth Sport Trust in January 2014 as Development manager for Physical Literacy and is now Strategic Lead for Primary at Youth Sport Trust.  Previously, she spent 13 years teaching in both primary and secondary schools. Kate is an Ex Director of Specialism, Head of PE and Senior Leader in charge of Teaching and learning. Kate writes course content for YST primary membership, oversees primary pe programmes and initiatives and supports the Internal Faculty in delivering content. 

Richard Cheetham MBE

Richard Cheetham is a Senior Fellow in Sports Coaching at the University of Winchester where he has worked since 2005.  His research focus centres on a more holistic approach to coaching with time spent since 2013 at Saracens RFC within the Academy programme and more recently at Fulham Football Club. Richard also has developed a strong reputation on creative thinking and innovation within coach education and development. Alongside publications he has also presented his applied research at the UK Coaching Summit, Project500 coaching initiative, Nottinghamshire Talented Coaches Programme and the English Institute of Sport. 

John Cox

John Cox has been an ISI Inspector since 2008 and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Malvern College. He has completed both a Regulatory Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection under the new framework.  He also holds the position of Professional Teaching & Learning Mentor and Inspection Coordinator. In addition, John works as both a school-based and visiting tutor for the University of Buckingham on their PGCE + QTS course. 

Paul Askew

Paul has been in been in charge of sport in Independent schools since 1990 when he became Head PE and Games at Magdalen College School in Oxford. Paul Introduced Magdalen’s first sports scholars in 2000. Paul moved to be Director of Sport and Head of Rugby at Clifton College in 2002. He introduced sports scholarships at Clifton in his first year. Clifton’s sports scholarship is known to be one of the most thorough assessments on the senior school circuit. Paul has moved to be Senior Admissions Tutor at Clifton, responsible for recruitment and liaison from Preparatory Schools. 

Gordon MacLelland

Gordon MacLelland set up ‘Working with Parents in Sport’ after 20 years as a teacher and as a coach to all age levels from 7 year old to Adults. He is the author of three books, ‘Sporting Do’s and Don’ts- A pocket guide for parents of children in sport’, ‘Engage’- How coaches can build a positive relationship with parents and ‘Parenting in Football’

Neil Rollings

Neil Rollings is Chairman of PADSIS.  He was Director of Sport in 4 independent schools, and now works with schools to train, recruit and develop Directors of Sport.   He is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood. 

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