Leyton Orient Trust run a number of initiatives to support local primary schools, our key aims are to:

  • Improve pupil attainment, attendance and behaviour
  • Enhance pupils understanding of a healthy lifestyle
  • Raise aspirations and increase pupil confidence, self esteem & emotional wellbeing
  • Develop pupils physical literacy levels ensuring they have the necessary skills to play any sport (not just football!)

In order to do this, we have developed a new school programme entitled Theo's Healthy HerO's, a programme that is tailored to each individual schools needs..

Theo's Healthy HerO's

‘Theo's Healthy HerO’s’ is an innovative educational programme aimed at improving the attainment, attendance, behaviour and wellbeing of school children. This is done through delivery of active learning, physical engagement and achievement mentoring activities.

  • Healthy HerO’s has been designed with the ongoing help of Ofsted inspectors & headteachers.
  • Healthy HerO’s is delivered in primary schools by specially trained member of Leyton Orient Trust staff
  • Healthy HerO’s has been endorsed by the London Healthy Schools Network
  • Bespoke to each school we work with and based on specific school objectives that are then monitored, evaluated and reported on at the end of the programme.

We will provide a specially trained member of staff to work in your school for between one and five days per week during the hours of 8.00am to 5.00pm. During this time they are able to deliver a number of activities within their flexible and diverse role. These include a combination of:

  • Extra curricular activities (Wake up, Shake up morning clubs, After school clubs)
  • Numeracy interventions (Active Maths)
  • Literacy interventions (Premier League Reading Stars, Supporter 2 Reporter)
  • Catch up sessions (literacy/numeracy)
  • General Classroom Support
  • Playground Animation
  • Alternative Provision (sports leaders)
  • Mentoring (improving pupil self esteem, confidence, behaviour)
  • PE Lessons (as PPA or additional support for teachers)
  • Healthy Lifestyle Sessions

For more information, to book a free consultation or sign your school onto this programme please contact Phillip Smith: phillip.smith@leytonorienttrust.org.uk or 020 8556 5973

James has been fantastic! He’s supported year 4 in class with maths mostly looking at operations; division, subtraction, multiplication and division along with delivering lunchtime activities and working with targeted pupils to improve behaviour. He takes groups out for active maths and they have really benefitted from that as they really enjoy the practical side of things. He has developed excellent relationships with the children allowing for a more focused education within class and pupil behaviour has improved too. I’d highly recommend this programme to other schools
— Chase Lane Primary School

chase lane case study september 2015

Schools ambassador Bradley Pritchard at the launch of Healthy hero's

Schools ambassador Bradley Pritchard at the launch of Healthy hero's

Healthy HerO’s is a fantastic programme dedicated to providing support for children both on the sports field and in the classroom. Instilling the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle, coupled with an appetite for learning at an early age is so important in a child’s development. Not only do they learn essential transferable skills, but the combination of the two keeps it fun and interesting. With this focus, it will hopefully provide children with a well-rounded outlook on life, and more importantly, a solid foundation on which to build their limitless futures. I’m pleased to be ambassador for such an innovative programme that aims to support schools in doing this
— Bradley Pritchard, Leyton Orient Player & Schools Ambassador


Premier League Primary Stars

Funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund the Foundation deliver physical activity and healthy education sessions in primary schools across the five London boroughs of Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Following a successful pilot year during the 2013/14 season the programme was extended for a further two years with the investment from the Premier League allowing the Foundation to contribute to an improvement in the quality and standards of PE delivered at a primary level by working closely with schools and teachers. The initiative is in response to the new Government agenda for school sport, putting increased emphasis on the importance of PE in primary schools. The free of charge sessions aim to improve physical fitness and fundamental movement skills. As well as having fun exercises it will educate them on exercise and nutrition. Allowing children to improve their self-esteem and school performance as well as enhancing their general well-being. 

During the 2016-17 season, Leyton Orient Trust have been funded to work with 30 primary schools from the aforementioned boroughs over the academic year. For more information or to sign up your school for this programme, please contact Phillip Smith: phillip.smith@leytonorienttrust.org.uk

+Sport Move and Learn

Leyton Orient Trust in partnership with The English Football League Trust and Ferrero is delivering the + Sport Move and Learn Project in local schools from September 2016. The + Sport Move and Learn Project is a national school-based educational programme for children aged 9-10 years old, run by football community trusts across the country. It aims to encourage physical activity, promote nutritional education and build awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle. 

For more information on the +Sport Move and Learn Project please click here to be directed to the dedicated page 

Premier League Reading Stars

Premier League Reading Stars is designed to stimulate children aged 9-13 years who love football but lack motivation to engage with and achieve in literacy. PLRS evaluation has shown that the programme can have a significant impact on attainment and create positive attitudes to reading and writing. 

Premier League Reading Stars builds on evidence that footballers can influence the way young people view reading, particularly among boys and those on free school meals. To find out more about the programme, please click here

Over the past three years, thousands of children have used Premier League Reading Stars to raise their attainment, in 2014: 

  • 3 out of 4 children made at least 6 months’ progress in reading in just 10 weeks
  • 1 child in 3 made a year’s progress, or more
  • Children who took part in PLRS activities were significantly more likely to enjoy reading at the end of the project. The number of children who enjoy reading very much increased by 75%.
  • The increase in reading enjoyment was particularly notable for boys and those on Free School Meals (FSMs). 65% of children receiving FSMs enjoyed reading after the programme; up from 37%. There was a 74% increase in the number of boys who enjoy reading. 

To read about the impact of the programme, please click here. 

To book your school onto the programme with Leyton Orient, please contact Phillip Smith: phillip.smith@leytonorienttrust.org.uk

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