Premier League Primary Stars | The Ellis Primary

Premier League Primary Stars is having the desired impact inside and outside of The Ellis Church of England Primary’s classroom, according to Year Four Teacher Miss Cook.

Reds in the Community have been delivering the Premier League-funded programme at The Ellis throughout the Autumn term of the 2019/20 academic year, with Senior Community Coach Gareth Cooke and Connor Pickles leading the sessions at the Hemingworth school.

Miss Cook gave an update on how the initiative is making a difference to both the pupils and herself already.

She said: “It’s going really well. The children seem to be engaging in it really well. They’re always looking forward to the sessions and to Gaz and Connor coming in.

“It’s given me some new ideas for teaching PE. I like how it’s focused on values very much. Each week we’ve had a different value and the children have really responded to that.

“We remind them of their values when they’re doing other things in the classrooms. We remind them about being connected, being ambitious, striving and not giving up and it links really well with the learning behaviours that we try and promote through our school.”

Premier League Primary Stars seeks to use the pull of professional football clubs and sport to promote education in primary school children.

Incorporating English, Maths, PE and PSHE lessons, the programme also looks to teach pupils important life skills such as the importance of being fair and respectful.

Miss Cook praised the way that the initiative linked into other areas of the curriculum and stressed the importance of Barnsley FC and Reds in the Community giving back to the local area.

“We’ve got a lot of children who support Barnsley and go to matches,” Miss Cook added. “It puts a bigger focus on it saying that Barnsley Football Club coaches are coming in. They really respect that and get really excited that they are working with the Football Club.

“We’ve had a big uptake for the after-school clubs as well. We’ve had fantastic feedback from that. The coaches seem confident and they deliver things really well to the children. The Healthy Kicks programme linked really well with our science we were doing as well. It’s covered a lot of areas in the curriculum and because it’s been the same coaches, the children have got to know the coaches and the coaches have got to know the children.”