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The benefits of opening up school facilities for community use are manifest. It benefits users such as community groups and sporting clubs by providing them with facilities, while schools can generate vital income and build strong community bonds. Kajima Community works with over 380 schools nationwide to streamline and manage their lettings process. For schools, this can provide a valuable source of income at a time of stricken education budgets. Last year, schools using their BookingsPlus service raised £16.3 million: an average of £43,000 per school.

Greater community cohesion benefits pupils - opening up opportunities for work experience with lettings partners, providing access to specialist coaches and stimulating a sense of community responsibility. Schools are public facilities, and should be a resource for the wider community. With over 15 years of experience in community lettings, Kajima Community works closely with its partners to understand their needs matching them with those of the local community.

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5 ways to boost PE and outdoor learning

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With International Day of Sport for Development and Peace taking place on Friday 6th April, we wanted to share some resources and organisations to help your school up its PE and outdoor learning game today.

1. Youth Sport Trust (YST)

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Wellbeing-centric national charity Youth Sport Trust (YST) is dedicated to tackling national issues such as increasing obesity levels and high-youth unemployment. Get your school involved with activities such as Start to Move, which aids teachers with developing physical literacy in children aged 4-7.

2. Playforce

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If you want your pupils to excel through PE and outdoor learning, having first-rate sports and play facilities is a good start. There are many great options available to schools, one of which being Playforce. These serial speed-daters are a one-stop-shop for tailored playgrounds (8,844 and counting in the UK) and sports areas, helping with everything from outdoor Maths to the letting-out of facilities.

3. Primary PE Passport

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This intriguing tool was designed specifically to help Primary School teachers with the delivery of enjoyable, active and high-quality sessions. From the first day of Reception until the final day of Year 6, each pupil’s progress is tracked and recorded via the app. What’s more, the resource contains a plethora of sport-centric resources and lesson plans, all with the goal of helping schools to embrace “high-quality PE provision that is challenging, progressive and memorable.”

4. sportscotland: Schools

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The education arm of Scotland’s national agency for sport has a variety of terrific activities and initiatives, such as the School Sport Award. This Lottery-funded scheme helps schools to continuously improve their PE best-practice, brings students into the decision-making, ensures that school sports increases young people’s opportunities and engagement, plus much more.

5. Sport Wales

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Helping “to develop a nation of champions” on a daily basis, Sport Wales aims to get every child hooked on sport for life through a variety of activities and initiatives. For example, through Adventurous Activities pupils develop skills such water safety and personal survival. As the organisation explains: “The key to successful adventure activities is to match the level of risk to the competence of those involved, so that participants feel stretched and challenged, but able to cope.”

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