The LINKS School Sport Partnership located in Sheffield specialises in curriculum support, CPD for teachers, competition delivery and sport coaching across a variety of sports. The partnership was originally set up as All Saints School Sports Partnership alongside the PESCCL strategy.
The partnership is still very much a part of All Saints Catholic Sports College, but was relaunched as Links in December 2006. The decision to rename the partnership came as a result of an expansion of schools and a desire to create a new identity that reflected the diverse range of schools within the partnership.
LINKS School Sport Partnership is made up of families of schools based around several secondary schools across the city.
Links SSP have School Sport Coordinators (SSCo’s) based within secondary schools which work with the secondary schools family of primary schools assisting to develop high quality PE, and increased opportunities to take part in school sport and out of hours learning.
Our main hub schools are All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield Springs Academy, Notre Dame Catholic High School, Stocksbridge High School, Bradfield SecondarySchool, Talbot Special School and Seven Hills School.
About our Coaches
Links offer a range of coaching services to schools. As an organisation we pride ourselves on the quality of our coaches and our commitment to developing a quality coaching workforce for Sheffield schools. The Links Coaching Team are specifically trained for the school environment and their expertise in integrating specific sports with the national PE curriculum are key to creating a service which best suits your school and extended community.
What do Links offer:
- A current CRB and valid qualifications in First Aid and Safeguarding and Protecting Children.
- All coaches are qualified to a nationally recognised safe standard, to work independently with students.
- Coaches receive mentored support from the Links Coach Manager and all schools are encouraged to provide regular feedback on coaching skills and quality as part of our thorough quality assurance process.
- Sessions will be appropriately planned and many of our coaches have experience of working with children with special needs.
- All coaches will provide information for students on local community clubs and are insured through a recruitment agency providing cover up to £5 million.
- Programmes are flexible and can be developed to suit schools specific needs.
Primary School Sport Premium
Links School Sport Partnership is committed to supporting you during this unique and exciting time for primary school sport with Primary School Sport Premium. We are committed to supporting colleagues to develop programmes that impact directly on the experiences of children in PE and sport. Further details on how you can continue to benefit from the support of PE professionals within Links will be shared at network meetings. Primary School Sport Premium is focused on improving the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision for all pupils. The proposal includes recommendations to develop initial teacher training and continual professional development to make a sustained impact on the quality of physical education. A priority must be to develop the teaching skills of non-specialist teachers to create dynamic and enjoyable experiences for children.
- Continue to work within your networks to pool and share resources.
- Use your school sport coordinator to help plan for the coming academic year.
- Stop, Look and Audit your needs and ensure planning meets the needs of your children.
- Use your school sport coordinator to assist with quality assuring any other professionals that are working with your school to ensure they are appropriately trained to deliver educationally sound lessons.
- Discuss ways partners can support you to develop staff confidence and skills within PE.