How can KS4/5 support KS1/2?

I am currently working on a project with a group of post 16 students and a group of primary students.  the aim of the project is to impact on the self esteem, confidence, literacy and numeracy of the primary students as well as the leadership skills of the post 16 students.  We are doing this in the swimming pool at the moment but the location could be anywhere.

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about what should happen at primary school. Up skill the teachers or use coaches.  In my opinion the teachers bring so much to what is important to the development of students.  the coaches will do a good job on developing physical skills but PE is more than that isn’t it?

So is there a link here?  Something that supports education more?

What about looking at the whole process as a cycle.  As you develop students through school they should be developing their skills in physical ability as well as confidence,motivation and leadership.  Once these students have achieved a good level they usually get put on courses to achieve a qualification.  Great but isn’t leadership about doing something and not having a piece of paper to say you did something?

By now i’m sure you can see where this is going.  Get the students to link up with the primary school to help support the teaching of activity.  By using these students you are building more than support for primary schools, you are building a sense of community.  They become role models, probably ex pupils of the primary giving something back.  Improving transition through developing strong links between schools.

If each secondary did this and linked up with their feeder schools there would be better links, less unknown and more support offered to teachers in the primary school.  Where confidence in delivery is already high this allows for more opportunities for students.

I have started to see the real impact of this approach and think it is something that should be adopted more.  What do you think?

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