Physical Education & Sport

Girl playing footballChildwall Abbey School Physical Education Department takes great strides to create a calm and working environment for every pupil and always endeavours to create lasting friendships amongst its pupils.

Overview of the Physical Education Departments Aims & Objectives

  • Work within the PE department is designed to support, contribute to, and to complement the aims of the school by providing equality of access for all pupils to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
  • The PE department aims to provide an enjoyable and satisfying programme with opportunities for every pupil to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.
  • The PE Curriculum offers a comprehensive range of learning experiences to meet the needs of individual pupils and encourage active involvement by all as planners, performers and evaluators.
  • Structured and developmental schemes of work provide for progression, challenge and a sense of achievement.
  • The development of confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of one’s own, and others, strengths and weaknesses are considered an important part of the learning process.
  • It is intended that the programmes offered, together with an awareness of leisure opportunities within the community, will develop those skills and attitudes conducive in an active and healthy lifestyle.
  • We will endeavour to demonstrate the distinctive role of physical education in children’s and young people’s learning ,development and achievement
  • The PE department will establish and sustain physical education at the heart of school life and whole school development, through support for high quality learning and teaching.
  • The PE department will help raise awareness of Physical educations contribution to public health and wellbeing and increased participation.
  • The PE department will play leading role in the development of PE staff to help improve  skills and qualities required to assure high quality delivery of physical education and sport in school and in  the wider community

Childwall Abbey School Mission Statement

For supporting pupils on the autistic spectrum we use a range of multi-sensory teaching and learning styles. We use a number of common fundamental principles that make for successful teaching of pupils on the autism spectrum.

These include:

  • Intensive, structured and purposeful teaching.
  • Clear, unambiguous and explicit instructions and teaching strategies.
  • Use of repetition to consolidate.
  • Re-teaching in different contexts and in different ways, not assuming that the pupil has understood because they have repeated or demonstrated something.
  • Using a communicative form that the pupil understands and can use to convey ideas to others i.e.: visual, audio or kinaesthetic learning, giving students the opportunity for learning to be achieved through experience of the world.
  • Giving opportunities for learning with a personal meaning that is interesting and motivating.
  • A high level of adult support and tuition.

Alternative Activities on the PE timetable

Yoga is becoming more popular every day – not just for adults, but for children as well. It’s especially beneficial those with the complex needs such as ASD, ADHD and our students with SEMH. It can be used as an alternative therapy. Yoga helps increase concentration, flexibly, and strength. It can also develop coordination and reduce stress and anxiety. We cannot forget the value yoga can have to help a child become more aware of their

Yoga helps children with complex needs to:

  • Increase flexibility and muscle strength.
  • Increase concentration.
  • Develop coordination.
  • Help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Increase body awareness

One of our students at Childwall Abbey School, engaging in a yoga lesson during Curriculum time.

Sport Funded Primary Premium Programme for Lower School pupils

The PE department has been able to access funding through a yearly Government grant to help improve school sport.

Primary Pupils in the nurture and year 6 and the lower school years 6/7 have had access throughout the past three academic years, to quality coaching from outside agencies such as Liverpool & Everton FC football clubs. This will continue as long as we can continue to get access to this funding.

They have also had quality coaching and will continue to have, in other sports such as basketball, swimming yoga, dance and multi skills.

These funded programmes have had a positive effect on progress. We at Childwall Abbey School will continue to endeavour that all that participate will help raise skill and ability levels. This funding has has also helped improve progress and more importantly has helped raise self –esteem.


Pupils reaping the rewards from our sports funding programme, getting quality coaching from Liverpool Football Club foundation coaches at a local sports club.

Partnerships and links with local community colleges Universities

It is vitally important as a school we try to create external links with other agencies to help our PE students develop.

The PE department at Childwall Abbey School will endeavour to continue its partnership with Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool JMU University.

As with previous years, some of the University PE students will come into our school to help deliver PE sessions to our pupils during Curriculum time PE lessons, to help them improve and develop their PE skills.

Our students will continue to be given free access to Liverpool Hope Universities, PE facilities, and given free delivery of PE activities from the university PE undergraduates.

Creating partnerships with our local universities, Childwall Abbey students engaging in an enrichment day, delivered by PGCE students from Liverpool Hope University

Qualifications / Accreditation

All PE students in Year 11 follow the Welsh Board Entry Pathways qualification, which is recognised, by colleges and employers, providing students with a greater range of options and opportunities.

The PE department introduced this new exam during the academic year 2013-2014. This exam will be ongoing throughout all academic years

During this academic year, there was a 40% pass rate in the highest qualification, which was level 3 there was 60% pass rate at level 2 qualification. These results were very pleasing, in the fact that this was a higher qualification that pupils have been taking than in previous years, and it can be seen by the results, that every PE student made good progress.

Selected students in year 11, 12, 13, & 14 will also follow the Junior Sports Leader award this is also a recognised qualification. This award gives the students the opportunity to work with their fellow peers in planning preparing and teaching P.E. lessons to younger students and also their own peer group, which helps develop their overall self-esteem, but more importantly helps develop their leadership skills.

Students who wish to pursue a sporting pathway at college also have the opportunity to participate in NGB qualifications such as football, rugby, basketball, athletics swimming and kayaking.

Swimming Programme

The PE department has run a successful swimming programme for pupils in years 6, 7, & 8, on a yearly basis, during Curriculum time PE since 2009. We have our swimming instruction at Halewood and Garston pools, in Liverpool.

During each Academic year, selected pupils will be entered into the Liverpool/Knowsley schools swimming top up programme, which usually takes place during the spring and summer terms. This is an intense two-week programme for pupils who have not developed their swimming skills, quite as quickly as some of their fellow peers.  The programme involves the pupils participating in a ten-day swimming programme to try to enable them to improve their swimming skills.

At the end of the programme every one of the pupils entered, will aspire to swim at least 10 meters unaided and 25 meters unaided, which will be a remarkable achievement for some pupils, of which before the programme could not swim at all.

We predict by the end of year 8, when their swimming ends. The majority will be able to swim 25 meters unaided; this will be a remarkable achievement for pupils, some of whom have never been in a swimming pool before coming to the school.

We also run a swimming programme for our older year 11 JSLA students who all work towards their rookie lifeguard award. Swimming is an enormous confidence builder for our pupils, not only does it raise overall self-esteem it also gives them valuable lifesaving skills.

There is also a competition element to our swimming programme, each year pupils are involved in at least two local swimming galas held in Liverpool, here they compete against other special schools. Some pupils in the past have even gone on to represent the North West in national swimming galas.

Sporting Competition Programme

Our pupils are involved in numerous sporting fixtures throughout each academic   year, against a variety of Special schools in the local borough and against schools outside our borough.

Sporting fixtures we offer are football, basketball, cricket, athletics, and swimming. We had a successful year during this academic year and will hopefully continue the success throughout each academic year.

The PE department believes the fixtures the pupils are engaging in, with a competition element help improve team-building skills, raise self-esteem, and more importantly, these competitions have seen a big improvement in behaviour of some of the more challenging pupils.

Extra-curricular activities programme

At Childwall Abbey School, we also run a busy extra-curricular programme during lunch times. We have on offer throughout the year, clubs such football, dance, basketball, table tennis and trampolining.

We also have a state of the art fitness suite, which we use during Curriculum time PE and at lunchtime each day.

Cycling, one of the many varied activities on offer at Childwall Abbey School during normal Curriculum PE and at lunchtimes

Trampoline Programme

The PE department invested in a new trampoline in the academic year 2015-2016. This trampoline programme is now fully embed into the PE Curriculum timetable. The head teacher was  very proactive in introducing this  initiative, we now have 3 fully trained level 1 teachers in the department  to help deliver trampoline sessions during Curriculum time PE and also during lunchtimes.

Since its introduction, trampolining has had a remarkable affect, on every pupil taking part. Particularly the ASD pupils, the PE department has seen their overall confidence and self-esteem increase. We have also seen participation levels in PE increase overall.

In addition, we have also seen an increase in improved behaviour, more importantly; it has seen an increase in their overall progression in PE. The PE departments aim is to continue this trend throughout all academic years.

Evidence suggests trampolining has many important benefits. A trampoline is a piece of apparatus that virtually all people regardless of their ability can access, benefit from and enjoy.

Trampolining is an ideal vehicle for cross-curricular teaching activity. With the potential for teaching numeracy, colour recognition, positioning, communication, social awareness and consideration of others this especially important for our ASD pupils in our school.

The Daily Mile

The Daily Mile is a social physical activity, with children running or jogging – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends. Children can occasionally walk to catch their breath, if necessary, but should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes.

We want every child to have the opportunity to do The Daily Mile at Childwall Abbey School, and are now working to build The Daily Mile’s community with schools, local councils, and sports bodies.

I believe we at Childwall Abbey School are the first school of its kind in the Liverpool area, to have introduced this innovative idea and we now have it fully embed in the PE programme.

The Daily Mile Works

  • It takes place in 15 minutes, with most children averaging a mile, or more, each day.
  • Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.
  • There is no set up, tidy up, or equipment required.
  • No staff training is needed and there is no extra workload for teachers.
  • Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.
  • It is social, non-competitive and fun.
  • The children return to class ready to learn.
  • It helps to improve fitness and achieve a healthy weight.
  • It encourages children to be aware of their health.
  • It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their
  • Circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile.

Pupils participating in ‘The Daily Mile’

P.E. Map image P.E. Map 2018-2019

Mr M. Turley – P.E. Coordinator