The JESS Sport Cluster programme is run by teacher of PE Adam Burnell of the Cockburn John Charles Academy and offers JESS Cluster schools the access to a number of sports events across the year as well high quality teaching during lesson time. This year lessons will be delivered by Adam Burnell and NQT Heather Kendall; both of which qualified their teacher training with Outstanding status – a high standard of PE teaching they look to incorporate into their primary lessons.


The JESS Sport Cluster programme is a primary PE initiative set up to provide greater opportunities for primary pupils within the South Leeds area. The programme is now into its 5th year of running, developing to the stage where Cockburn John Charles staff go into JESS Cluster primary schools delivering PE on weekly basis. Lessons are tailored towards the requests of class teachers; quite often preparing groups for the upcoming events on the calendar. The JESS Cluster events calendar encourages primary pupils of all ages to take part in events across the year, allowing pupils to showcase their talents away from the school playground. Last year’s programme was very successful and oversaw some excellent progress of pupils due to the high quality lessons they were receiving. This was evident in the events where the level of competition was of an exceptional standard with the teachers of the JESS Cluster primary schools commenting on the positive impact of the programme for both pupil progress and teacher CPD.


Initially the programme was set up in 2014. In the first year started with 8 schools from the South Leeds area, all of whom bought into a Service Level Agreement. As the programme has developed, more primary schools have felt the need to join the programme and as a result we now work with 10 schools from all over the South Leeds area. The programme started and has continued to develop because of the value that primary school teachers see in being up-skilled in PE, the staff value the input from specialists and gives them ideas for teaching, differentiation strategies to enable all to achieve and some to extend skills further.


The programme is based in the South Leeds area, with the majority of events being held at Cockburn John Charles Academy. We have also built excellent relationships with John Charles Centre of Sport and hold a number of events across at the stadium, which helps to provide a really special occasion for all the pupils involved.


The programme is funded via the primary schools, who all use their PE and Sports Premium funding. This is a good use of the money available as the programme meets the national objective to develop and improve the opportunities and delivery of primary PE.


If you would like any further information about the programme please do not hesitate to contact Adam Burnell via email;

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