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Enfield schools' great PE provision

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30 November 2017

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Schools in Enfield are the best in the country for offering high quality PE provision for all pupils regardless of ability, according to new statistics.

• Enfield tops UK for number of schools entering sporting competitions
• 29 schools awarded Gold National School Games Marks
• Borough aims to provide sporting opportunities regardless of ability.
 Schools in Enfield are the best in the country for offering high quality PE provision for all pupils regardless of ability, according to new statistics.
 A staggering 29 schools in Enfield have been awarded the Gold National School Games Mark – more than any other local authority in the United Kingdom – demonstrating the borough’s commitment to PE provision.
 Each of the Gold winners provide each pupil with at least two hours of PE a week, have established effective school sports councils and represent Enfield at the London School Games finals or London Mini Youth Games.
 They have also provided a huge array of sporting competitions for all their pupils to enter and have established B,  C and even D teams in a wide range of different sports.
 Schools apply nationally for a bronze, silver or gold kitemark and receive an award based on how many sports competitions they enter over the year and their commitment to providing high quality PE and school sport.
 Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “It is testament to the hard work and dedication of school staff and young people from across the borough that Enfield has topped the table for participation in sport.
“We are committed to providing a wide range of academic and physical education for our young people to encourage them to expand their academic horizons and also adopt a healthy lifestyle in which regular exercise plays an important part.
“Educating our young people helps us reduce health inequalities through effective partnership working and reaps benefits for years to come.
“We want to encourage good habits at an early age and it is fantastic that our schools are amongst the most effective in the country at promoting healthy lifestyles and the importance of being active through sport and physical exercise. 
“A staggering 93 per cent of our schools have been rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted and parents can be assured that wherever they send their children in Enfield they will receive a first class education that will equip them with the skills to achieve their goals.
 The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
 Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions. They cover the following basic topics...
◾Participation - how many young people at the school are being engaged in sporting activity?
◾Competition - how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
◾Workforce - how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
◾Clubs - how many local links does the school have with clubs or establishments from the area?