Leadership in the Curriculum
The contribution that student leadership can
have in raising attainment and improving the
quality of learning.
We deliver the following courses within our
Sports Leader Award Level 1 (Year 10)
Young Sport Leader Award (Year 8)
The following courses are delivered in our
Sixth Form and Primary Schools:
Sports Leader Award Level 2 (Year 12 and 13)
Primary Leader Award (Year 5)
Focus of today
1) Young Sport Leader Award
2) YSLA Extension
3) JSLA Extension
Young Sport Leader Award:
Initial reason was the encouragement of positive behaviour
from an identified Year group and certain individuals within
that year. (Year 8 2002/2003: Present Year 11).
Although the school had been delivering the JSLA for the
previous two years, it was noticeable that many pupils were
not attending on assessment days.
On further inspection it became apparent that the pupils were
lacking the confidence to lead and the knowledge of skills
required to co-operate with their peers.
YSLA : Process
• Started as an after school club for 40
• 31 completed the 12 week course.
• Focus on teamwork and leadership skills.
• 19 students delivered a warm up and
• 12 students were outstanding – warm up,
skill, a progression and game.
YSLA : On the Curriculum
• The success as an after school club
prompted the SMT to provide Year 8‟s with
an additional hour of PE (Leadership
development), in addition to the existing 2
At the expense of 1 hour of Humanities.
YSLA : Targets
• To develop and deliver an appropriate Scheme of
Work which covered all the key issues (including
• To provide each pupil with the opportunity to
develop their personal leadership skills in a safe
yet challenging environment.
• To provide a platform to share good practice with
• To make it enjoyable and fun in order to maintain
YSLA : IMPACT
• The pupils were given positive feedback
throughout the course both by staff and their
peers (pro forma available in booklet).
• The final assessment was based on the delivery
of a sports session and was separated into three
YSLA : Awards
• Individual – Did the following on their own:
• 1)Plan the session
• 2)Organise equipment
• 3)Check area
• 4)Deliver a warm up activity
• 5)Skill with progression
• 6)Organise teams
• 7)Referee/Umpire game(s)
• 8)Collect in equipment
• 9)Evaluate with peers.
• Partner – All of the above but dual
delivery. It is not possible to pass the
partner award without delivering a warm-
up, skill or refereeing/umpiring game.
• Group – Maximum of four people
organising and delivering the session.
Type of 2003/2004 2004/2005 2004/2005
Individual 29 pupils 51 pupils 20% of the
18% 36% pupils
Partner 55 pupils 28 pupils delivered
34% 19% their
Group 77 pupils 65 pupils sessions in
48% 45% Primary
Total 161 144 Schools
• Independent study by G.Liggett PhD.
Interviewed the Year 8 cohort in 2003/2004
after the YSLA course.
• Pupils were open and honest with her
(based on her interview scripts)
• Findings were very positive.
YSLA : G.Liggett results
• Majority interviewed liked YSLA
• Fun, different, challenging, teamwork, more active, choice
of activity, mixed, learn more from peers.
• Builds confidence – help others learn
“I like YSLA – you get to take lead of the lesson and it helps
build your confidence because you get to help others
“The one thing I don‟t like about the YSLA is doing it with
YSLA : Interview Quotes
• “It‟s good because you get to know how teachers feel and
you get to teach the primary kids”
• “I like it because I like being in control”
• “You get to organise others and boss people around”
• “It‟s alright, I prefer normal PE though”
• “ We helped take a lesson, it was good but some of the
children were all over the place. You would tell the kids
what you wanted but some wouldn‟t listen to you.”
• “I like the YSLA because you become more confident and I
want to be a teacher or an actress when I‟m older so I think
it will help me.”
YSLA : Development
• Leadership developed in Year 7 (baseline).
• Leadership strand to be included in Schemes of
Work across department.
• Provide evidence to support claims :
Assess the present Year 7 cohort regarding
behaviour and attainment.
Assess again at the end of the YSLA course and
support this with an independent study
YSLA - Extension
• Brookway working in conjunction with the Youth Sport
Trust and Broadoak Sports College in Bury.
• Aim is to develop leadership cards for Young Leaders.
• Focus of the cards is to enable the students (KS3) to
„coach‟ their peers in the generic skills of ball games.
• Pupils completing the YSLA have the leadership and
organisational skills to deliver a PE lesson.
• Next step is to train pupils in the identification of technical
points and how to improve these. (possibly Year 9)
• The Young Leader cards have been produced to enable this
YSLA Card : Receiving
YSLA Card: Identifying points on receiving
JSLA - Extension
• The extending leadership pilot developed as the Sports
College delivered JSLA to the full Year 10 cohort.
• The project was an extension where upon pupils were
given the opportunity to work with a designated member of
staff in another subject. (during the same period)
• The project hoped to transfer some of the key skills into
• Allowing the pupils to take the lead in classroom based
• Assist with groups of pupils or individuals.
JSLA – Staff awareness
• To highlight to other staff the potential for
encouraging and developing leadership
initiatives within their subject area.
JSLA – Extension : Process
• 41 students originally applied for a place
• 24 students were selected by staff
• 12 staff were involved
• Classes from Year 7 and Year 8 were used
• All students and staff were issued with an
outline of the project expectations
• Positive Outcomes:
• Junior Sport Leader working with individual pupils.
• Lower School pupils related well to JSL students.
• JSL proved to be excellent role models.
• Behaviour of certain classes improved during placements.
• JSL reacting to areas of need.
• JSL helping to keep pupils on task.
• Pupils response to JSL assistance was very positive.
• Lack of opportunity to plan sessions with JSL.
• Timing of placements in relation to practical activities.
Extending Leadership across the
• Continuation of pilot over the year. Increase the
frequency of placements and number of students.
• JSL students to prepare group based activities
which link to lesson delivery.
• JSL delivery of lesson (part with development to
• Staff to have time to plan with JSL and assess
delivery set against key criteria.
• Targets to achieve and recorded in pre-printed
• The inclusion of the School Council in Teaching
and Learning projects and lesson observations.
Brookway High School and Sports College
0161 998 3992