Sky Sports Living for Sport Outstanding Contribution by a Teacher

Dated:
Tue 27th Jun '17

Sky Sports Living for Sport Outstanding Contribution by a Teacher

Teacher Name: Anthony Creaser

School Name: Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College

Position: Head of Physical Education & Inclusion Lead

Anthony, Head of Physical Education & Inclusion Lead at Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College, has been involved in Sky Sports Living for Sport since the academic year 2008/9. During this time, Anthony has organised twenty-three different Living for Sport projects!

Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College is a school for students with learning difficulties. Anthony ensures that during a students’ academic career, they will be given the opportunity to get involved in at least one Living for Sport project.

Throughout those eight years, over 500 students have been involved directly as a result of Anthony’s hard work – not surprisingly Samuel Cody has one of the highest value added rates in Hampshire. Students’ involvement in Sky Sports Living for Sport projects assists with both their academic and their personal development – the students are very lucky to have such a committed teacher like Anthony on board.

Due to the flexibility of Living for Sport, Anthony is able to tailor the projects to suit the diverse range of students at the school – aiming to help them develop personal skills, as well as sporting ability. Over the years, Anthony has used Living for Sport projects to specifically encourage academic attainment, improve social and leadership skills, increase self-confidence and teach about health and wellbeing.

The projects that Anthony runs have a huge influence on the students involved, such as Bethan Gill. You may remember Bethan who was Student of the Year for England in 2014 who puts her personal development down to participating in the Living for Sport scheme. It’s for this reason that Anthony aims to give each student at Samuel Cody the same opportunities and support.

Anthony informed us how the students hold the projects in high regard, understanding it’s a privilege as a result of good behaviour that leads to Anthony selecting them for the projects. Pupils feel after taking part in a project they are more confident about themselves and are more highly regarded by their peers both in and out of school – further developing their personal skills.

In addition to the projects within the PE curriculum, Anthony has organised a really popular after-school Sky Sports Living for Sport Club for the students. To be involved, students commit to a period of 12-14 weeks, attending 75 minutes per week of extra-curricular time to continue developing confidence and social skills. Notably, every one of the 500 pupils involved who have taken part in a project have also attended a minimum of 12-14 weeks of the after school club.

As a result of Bethan’s award in 2014, Anthony has successfully raised the profile of the school on a local and national level. Reflecting on winning the Outstanding Contribution by a Teacher Award, Anthony said “I am truly honoured and will endeavour to continue to inspire pupils and give them opportunities through sport in the future”.

Outcomes:

  • Increase in students selecting GCSE PE as a KS4 option.
  • Over 500 students have been involved in a Sky Sports Living for Sport Project at Samuel Cody.
  • Hundreds of students have grown in confidence, developed social skills and improved academically as a result.