Physical Education at Burton Road

Our vision, the current picture and future aims. 


Physical education has always been high profile at Burton Road and our main aim will be to continue to triangulate quality-first teaching, intra/inter competition and opportunities for all children to participate in physical activity outside of lessons, in order to achieve our core value of ‘Fit for learning, fit for life’. Following the pandemic, this - we believe – has never been more important. Planning has been adapted to ensure the coverage of units missed during lockdown, although the school was proud of the daily physical challenges posted on-line by our very own ‘Joe Wicks’, which were shared as a model of good practice across the borough. The school has invested in a sports coach for many years to ensure the quality delivery by a subject specialist, but has also continued to invest in staff training and the development of resources, such as the REAL P.E scheme. Mr Hawksworth, our Sports Leader, has brought renewed enthusiasm and opportunities with his wealth of experience as a professional athlete and coach. He delivers quality-first teaching, supported by the school’s commitment to bring in additional specialists for skills such as dance, cheerleading, football, Foundation Stage Fundamentals and gymnastics. After school clubs for all year groups are once again taking place.

The school has always valued inter and intra school competition in a wide range of sports, committing to the purchase of Team Activ membership for many years to ensure that all children have had the opportunity to compete at both local and county level, with inclusive events and intra- school events for KS1. Following COVID-19 and the decline of this provision, Burton Road is proud to have launched Pro-Active School Performance in 2021, led by Mr Hawksworth– delivering a wide range of competitive events between 12 local primary schools, using the best local facilities available, such as Barnsley Football Club, Gymnastics Club and Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre. Once established, plans are in place to develop the breadth of activities available and the level at which children can compete, to ensure every child, no matter what their needs, has the opportunity to ‘find their sport’, be active and represent their school with pride.

In terms of lesson delivery, the aim is to ensure the delivery of key, age specific knowledge about health and fitness, alongside the expectation that children will spend the maximum time in lessons physically active – children now come to school in their kit to ensure no time is wasted. High expectations and clear objectives will be as apparent in the teaching of P.E as expected across the curriculum, with lessons characterised with modelling (demonstrations and key teaching points), knowledge progression, application (skills in practice) and review (identifying successes, areas for improvement and next steps). This will ensure progression, alongside activity. These objectives will be monitored and reviewed.

Out of school hours sporting opportunities have been extended, with free participation events now held before school, during lunchtimes and afterschool (free for PP children). The next aim is to encourage wider participation within the school community, including both parents and staff, with events being planned. We are also looking to extend our links with local providers, such as Barnsley’s Table Tennis Club, Squash and Gymnastics clubs.  

Our core values as a school are to equip our pupils with the skills they will need to meet the challenges they will face in their lives beyond primary school to lead happy and successful lives. Understanding a healthy lifestyle and enjoying sport for both competition and fun are key to developing these habits. We aim to help every child ‘find their sport’ – crucial in a locality where, ‘Barnsley’s rate for physically active adults is significantly lower than the rate for England’ and ‘almost a quarter (22.1%) of 4-5 -year-olds and just over a third (33.5%) of 10-11/year-olds in Barnsley are overweight or obese.’


  1. Excess weight in Barnsley report (2016)