An update from our Group CEO re COVID-19

I sincerely hope this message finds you well, amid these clearly unprecedented times.

I wish to start by expressing my immense gratitude to our team, who are working effectively and efficiently in managing the escalating situation relating to the COVID-19 virus.

Working across the Education, Childcare, Sports and Leisure sectors as we do have brought our group of companies some unique and specific sets of challenges to overcome. Such situations call for strong management, effective communication and collective efforts and understanding throughout our organisation. I am extremely proud therefore of the way these challenges are being met

As one of the country’s main independent P.E provider to schools, we are extremely proud to be actively supporting the Government’s plans of keeping schools open during this pandemic. We believe it is our duty to help provide the essential support to our schools at this difficult time, so children of Key Workers and Vulnerable children can remain safe and receive PE tuition at school.

Whilst providing this essential support to schools we will, as always, prioritise the health and the well-being of our staff and our customers. We will continue to respond to and follow the guidance and the advice from both the Government and Public Health England.

As you will appreciate, these are clearly tough times, not just locally but globally, so as part of our collective responsibility, we are all working remotely and we have provided very clear and precise advice to all our staff throughout this most challenging of times.

Easter Holiday Camps:
Following the decision announced by HM Government on Friday 20th March ‘20 to close Leisure centres and schools, along with their strong advice to minimise contact and to stay at home, we have cancelled all our Easter Active Childcare camps and Elite Football and Elite Rugby camps

For customers who have booked any Easter camps, you will be automatically credited for your booking. Please note we will be contacting you all directly with regards to these cancellations and we thank you for your understanding. We will send out information on our Whitsun and Summer Camps in due course. 

Please continue to contact us on our normal office telephone number, but as this has been diverted, please allow us some additional response time, given the current and unique circumstances. 
Amid a time of so many unknowns, one thing I trust we will all see as a result of this crisis is that it will make people more considerate and our families and communities stronger. I also hope that, as individuals, we will all fully appreciate the simple and the beautiful things that life brings us.

Please stay safe, keep well and we look forward to providing our full range of services to you and your families again soon.

Best wishes,

Chris Vertannes
Group CEO
Planet Education, Elite Football & Elite Rugby

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The Government has recently released updated information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This will be updated as we have further information available.

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With self-isolation taking effect for most of England, we have listed some of our favourite games and activities you can complete with your children at home

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Following on from the Budget announcement delivered by the Chancellor, funding commitments to support primary PE teaching and improve the use of school sport facilities has been set out.

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It's all well and good us telling you how effective the PE Curriculum Support (PECS) programme is in improving the provision of PE in primary schools, but for your school to allocate a portion of your Primary PE and Sport Premium to the programme, we don't expect you to just take our word for it.

At Planet Education, one of our fundamental principles is self-evaluation and

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All of our Planet Active May half term Holiday Camps are now online!

With an array of sports and activities for all ages and abilities to engage in, we guarantee a great course. Our camps are not just about participating in safe, fun and healthy physical activities, they go much further and ensure sport is used positively to inspire children and young people. Our camps;

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Any primary school with 17 or more pupils aged 5-11 receives an £8,000 lump sum, with an additional £5 per pupil. Schools with fewer than 17 will receive £500 per qualifying pupil. It is partially funded by the so-called 'sugar tax', aimed at helping schools promote and encourage healthy, active lifestyles in their pupils.

Of course, the question then becomes, "Where could that money be spent to make the required improvements?" Too many schools focus on

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The acronym PECS stands for Physical Education Curriculum Support. In a nutshell, it is a programme of mentoring for primary school teachers that enhances their knowledge and confidence in teaching PE.

The programme is led by expert mentors on a 1-to-1 basis, focusing on identifying areas where teachers can develop in order to improve pupil outcomes in PE. Teachers are offered regular, ongoing support with plenty of opportunities for self-reflection. The activities involved will include collaborative teaching activities, formative planning and assessment, and expert input for anything related to primary school PE. The whole programme is supported by comprehensive impact data, made available to schools through a cutting-edge online platform.

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With 100% of teachers reporting an increase in confidence and competence in delivering PE, the PE Curriculum Support programme (PECS) is revealed to have a significant impact on schools who are choosing to use their Primary PE and School Sport Premium in an effective and sustainable manner.