School Sport Survey: Partnership Working




Vale of Glamorgan

As a local authority, there is plenty you can do to support schools to use the results to make a difference. 

If you're in need of some inspiration, the Vale of Glamorgan's Active Young People Coordinator, Ben Williams is here to talk through their approach.


One thing I always say is this is not the Vale of Glamorgan's survey and it's not Sport Wales'. It belongs to the school.

Our role is to encourage the schools to acknowledge ownership and help them use the information in the best possible way.

At St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, the 5x60 officer analysed the results and presented a summary to all staff at the start of the Spring term. The teachers were given responsibility to disseminate information to pupils within form groups.

We gained brilliant feedback from pupils about what they thought of the results and the activities they wanted. It shaped the school's sports delivery and was especially useful for older girls in Year 10 and above when you start seeing lower participation rates.

PSE lessons also focussed on the data and looked at health related benefits of sport as well as the impact of sport on relationships.


At Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School, we undertook a joint project with the then PESS team and a project facilitation consultancy around pupil voice.

We involved Year 10 pupils who hadn't shown much interest in sport and fitness. They were known as the Pupil Voice group. They analysed the data, liaised with pupils and introduced new activities and fitness sessions. They also introduced a Friendship Booking at the school gym because the data showed us that pupils wanted to exercise with friends.

A new PE kit was also introduced and the changing rooms were even adapted. More dividers were installed so there was more privacy. It meant pupils felt more comfortable attending extra curricular sessions. Beforehand, Year 7s and Year 11s would have to change in the same space which some found intimidating and off-putting.


As a local authority, we avoided a scattergun approach. While we wrote to all schools and offered the opportunity to work with us, we targeted those most in need.

We identified the four primaries that were the lowest performing and offered to help improve participation.

At Gladstone Primary, for example, we introduced a Young Leaders programme. 54% of pupils there had taken part in extra curricular sport once that year. The national average was 79%. Enjoyment and decision-making were also lower than the national averages.

We trained 26 Year 5 and 6 pupils who were enthusiastic to make a difference. The school kitted them out in high visability bibs so they stood out in the playground.

They started running lunchtime clubs for younger pupils that were so popular, it led to an after school club, all led by the Young Leaders.


When we get the results this time, we are learning from our counterparts in South West Wales. We are developing simple template action plans and are pulling together schools in clusters to look at key results, where they need to improve and how they are going to address findings.

Each member of our AYP team will be assigned schools to work with. One thing we've learnt is that we need to share the workload across more staff - the School Sport Survey is a priority for us because it's having such a significant impact. This work will drive the basis of our work over the next 18 months to two years.

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