Oakhill C of E Primary School Diocese of Gloucester

Project Touchline were invited by the headteacher to provide sports coaching in six sports: hockey, rugby, football, cricket, gymnastics and athletics over a full academic year. The school has two sites and in conjunction with the RE lead teacher, a new collective worship programme was developed that linked both sites and the PE delivery so children were able to develop the values and faith teaching into PE after collective worship. School had a SIAMS inspection on 20th February 2018 and the turnaround in collective worship was “very much down to our support and our ideas of how to link Worship between the bases”.

The  SIAMS report reads “Although standards of attainment and progress were poor two years ago, steps have now been taken to address this issue. As a result of the action taken, the effectiveness of the school’s Christian character has been increased and standards have now improved. The impact of the school’s Christian values on children’s personal development and well-being is good. Project Touchline led by a lay minister at Dumbleton is embedding Christian values in sport and values such as compassion are recognised by children to be important in their lives. The outstanding relationships, promoted by the values of friendship and respect, reflect the quality of the school’s distinctive Christian character”.

Sedgeberrow C of E Primary School Diocese of Worcester

The Headteacher invited Project Touchline to provide rugby coaching for one term during the academic year 17/18. All of Key Stage 2 had weekly PE sessions combining getting active, learning rugby skills and reinforcing the school’s Christian values.  By being led by a Reader/Licensed Lay Minister there was a particular passion about forming strong links between the values of sport and Christian values. The value was perseverance. See photo gallery here

Southrop C of E Primary School Diocese of Gloucester

The Headteacher invited Project Touchline to provide sports coaching in the same six sports as Oakhill for the academic years 16/17 and 17/18. 

The school had a SIAMS inspection on 11th January 2018 and the turnaround in “teaching Christian values as an element of PE enabled us to show children that the school/values being rooted in scripture are more than just words or ideas. They are the very basis of the life God wants us to live. If we could embrace these values in all primary subjects we would have a true values based curriculum and so a REAL church school” – Headteacher, Allan Brown. The SIAMS report reads “The spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils is well catered for across the curriculum. For example, the impressive work of ‘Project Touchline’ provides pupils with experiences to see Christian values lived out in sport”

   

Lydiard Millicent C of E Primary School Diocese of Bristol

The Headteacher invited Project Touchline to provide sports coaching in two sports:  rugby in term two and cricket in term six.  The school values of compassion and respect were used to mirror the work being done in sport. In rugby, the coach prayed with the children before the class and at the end of the class. Examples of compassion from the Bible were discussed and were linked to Christians in rugby such as Jason Robinson and Billy Vunipola both England Rugby players.  The rugby included training games such as ‘scarecrow tag’ where several players have to touch other players with the ball in a square. When the players are touched they become like scarecrows, legs and arms out wide. Their friends who have not been caught then need to go under their legs to free them. By bringing compassion into the game, the children can live out compassion, to help their friends and to learn through the game what it means to help people who are stuck and in need.

Holy Apostles C of E Primary School Diocese of Gloucester

The Headteacher invited Project Touchline to provide sports coaching in three sports:  rugby, cricket and hockey.  The school values of courage, perseverance and respect were taught in conjunction the intended worship/assembly theme for each week i.e.; Roots and Fruits, Values for Life and Open the Book. There was a SIAMS inspection when we were in school and we were assessed by two governors prior to the inspection for direct inclusion into the report and evidence for inspectors on Christian distinctiveness in school. The school was ‘outstanding’.  We followed our own PE programmes and used our own levels for coaching for rugby, hockey or cricket. Gareth Davies, headteacher wrote at the outset of the programme

Having discussed briefly with my lead teacher for RE/Worship at Holy Apostles’ – we’d be very interested to engage with Project Touchline. We have a very active and fairly comprehensive programme of sporting activities – mostly run after school – and, while we always endeavour to uphold our school values in all our work, it would be good for us to take a specific look at our sporting activities in the terms you describe”.

   

Christchurch C of E Primary School Diocese of Gloucester

The Headteacher invited Project Touchline to provide sports coaching across the whole of the academic year for 17/18 teaching all classes in school. Sports were gymnastics, dance, rugby, football, athletics and cricket. Values mirrored the school and faith was taught through prayer and examples from the bible before and during each PE lesson. The children were encouraged to live out the values within the whole curriculum not just during PE. We followed our own PE programmes and used our own levels for coaching sports. Andrew Webber, headteacher wrote of the programme

We have been using Project Touchline for our P.E in schools and have found it be an excellent way to not only deliver P.E to the children but also to up skill staff in their own delivery of P.E. The other benefit of Project Touchline is that it helps us embed Christian values into our P.E , for some of our harder to reach children the concept of values in action has been difficult to grasp, but by living these values through a subject they actively look forward to (P.E) it has helped them experience the values in a way they can understand more intuitively.

Pauntley C of E Primary School Diocese of Gloucester

The Headteacher invited Project Touchline to provide rugby coaching across two terms of the academic year for 16/17 and 17/18 teaching all classes in school. The sessions in the classroom started with Reception, Key Stage 1 and 2 children praying and learning about the value being taught. We explored some Christian professionals within sport and then moved to the playing fields for rugby games, activities and development. All the time we were looking to mix faith, values and sport together to make it relevant, inspiring and uplifting. 

Hatherop C of E Primary School Diocese of Gloucester

The Headteacher invited Project Touchline to provide rugby coaching across two terms of the academic year for 16/17 teaching year 3 and 4 classes in school. One of the children in Year 4 responded 

“It was fun because it was learning about Christianity as well as rugby”  

Claire Wolfe and Caroline Burton, Acting Head Teachers both wrote

Our children have enjoyed participating in this values based rugby programme, developing skills and exploring the meaning of the Value of friendship through stories from the Bible.  They learnt how these themes and messages could be demonstrated when playing the game, focusing on building each other up and having fun, while simultaneously learning new skills.  This will provide interesting and relevant evidence to support our evaluations regarding our distinctiveness and effectiveness as a church school”

    

Shurdington C of E Primary School Diocese of Gloucester

The Headteacher invited Project Touchline to provide rugby coaching across two terms of the academic year for 16/17 teaching year 2, 4 and 6 in school. The children reported that putting the value and the sport together was a excellent because it helped them to see that their values can play a part in all their learning activities. The emphasis was on fun and faith, pray and play. Jon Millin, Headteacher wrote

“I think this is a great way to engage children and embed our school values”

Upton St Leonards C of E Primary School Diocese of Gloucester

The Headteacher invited Project Touchline to provide rugby coaching across four terms of the academic year for 16/17 teaching year 1, 2, 3, and 4 in school. Cottia Howard, Headteacher at the time and who is also a well respected SIAMS inspector wrote 

“Groundbreaking”

Miss McCrudden, Year 3 Teacher wrote  

“Thank you for teaching us all about cricket and rugby and linking it to our values. It has been a very valuable experience”

Miss Jones, Year 3 Teacher, wrote

“Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us! The children have really enjoyed your lessons”