The Lindfield School in Eastbourne is one of six special educational needs schools across England and Wales to be shortlisted for a £10,000 national award.
The annual Randstad Education Awards look to reward innovation in schools. In November 2014, establishments across the country were invited to submit proposals outlining their ideas for raising standards in the classroom.
Hundreds of schools entered the 2015 awards and these have been whittled down to just 18 – six schools across three categories; Primary, Secondary and Special Educational Needs. One winning school will be selected from each shortlist and each winner will receive £10,000 to implement their idea.
The Lindfield School was shortlisted for its plan to improve pupil wellbeing and raise standards in PE and science by creating an outdoor physical learning environment with special low impact exercise equipment that uses the participant’s own body weight to determine the force.
The specialist gym equipment includes apparatus for individuals – an air walker, arm bike, rider, and cross rider – as well as equipment that can be operated by multiple users –a skier, stepper, body twist, and cardio boxes – all of which will be laid on ‘wet pour’ pad flooring.
Jenny Rollinson, managing director of Randstad Education, said, “In order to be shortlisted, schools needed to demonstrate how their idea would raise standards, why it is innovative and inspiring, how it will be implemented, and what its long-term benefit will be.”
The winner will be announced on May 21.