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Secondary Teacher Training Programme

School Staff CPD NewSport England is investing £13.5million of National Lottery funding into a Secondary Teacher Training programme, designed to provide teachers with access to professional development as well as put pupil’s enjoyment and whole school outcomes at the heart of PE and school sport.


How does it work?

We know that young people’s attitudes to sport and physical activity are shaped heavily by their experiences at school, and Sport England research has shown that having a bad experience of PE can put a young person off physical activity for life. Sport England has designed this professional development programme to give teachers the support and training they need to engage all pupils in physical activity, regardless of sporting ability.

The programme has been designed with the Teaching Schools Council, Youth Sport Trust, Association for Physical Education and Activity Alliance. Funding is distributed via the network of Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) and other appropriate school partnerships where there is not an appropriate Teaching School available to lead a project. TSAs and partnerships are awarded £3,350 for every secondary school included in their project. After signing up and attending a national orientation day event, TSAs and partnerships are given free support by an expert consultant from either the Youth Sport Trust or Association for Physical Education to: plan a project based on the needs of their staff and students, access relevant mentoring and training, implement the project in school, and measure the impact of their work.

The programme is delivered in a series of phases with phase 6 being next. The timelines for the remaining phases are –

  • Phase 6: February 2020 – December 2021 (EOI deadline: 7 February 2020)
  • Phase 7: June 2020 – April 2022 (EOI deadline: 22 May 2020)
  • Phase 8: November 2020 – July 2022 (EOI deadline: 23 October 2020)

What can the funding be used for?

It’s a flexible programme – the funding can also be used to upskill teachers, improve the quality and breadth of PE, and develop schools’ PE offer so that it acts as a lever for wider educational outcomes. TSAs/partnerships are expected to identify what training they need through consultation with their staff and students – there is no ‘menu’ of training offered centrally.

TSAs are encouraged to develop projects and training that:

  • Develop pupils’ mental wellbeing, confidence and resilience through PE, school sport and physical activities that prioritise pupil enjoyment. For example, this might include some training on how to develop a PE, school sport and physical activity offer/curriculum that meets these needs.
  • Create opportunities for all pupils – including those who don’t like PE - to try new activities so they can discover ways to be physically active that work for them. For example, some TSAs are training teachers to deliver new activities such as yoga, cheerleading, volleyball and boxercise.
  • Explore how PE, school sport and physical activity can contribute to or complement core curriculum subjects by finding ways to bring activity into other subjects’ lessons. For example, some TSAs have used the funding for teacher release so PE staff can mentor other colleagues.

What impact is this programme having?

The pilot phase, which launched in spring 2018 with 38 schools across England, has shown that:

  • This funding has enabled students to have greater choice in what activities they do in PE and how competitive they want to be. 92% of students experienced new activities in PE.
  • Over half of the students surveyed enjoyed PE more than last year, with over 90% experiencing new activities in PE.
  • Teachers reported an increased perception of the importance of PE and physical education in school, and a greater number of teachers agree that they have a responsibility to discuss and encourage physical activity.

key messages:

  • Over 1650 secondary schools are involved so far. This is the last year to sign up.
  • The funding is distributed via Teaching School Alliances and partnerships. Make sure you speak to your headteacher and/or TSA lead and encourage them to sign up for your school.
  • The Secondary Teacher Training programme is about professional development for PE teachers, senior leaders and other subject teachers – it’s a brilliant opportunity to develop and enhance your PE, school sport and physical activity offer.
  • You will have the flexibility to focus on the needs of your staff and schools. Depending on the priorities of your school, you could benefit from:

                o Bespoke support and mentoring to review your current curriculum offer to ensure it is relevant and enjoyable for all students – regardless of sporting ability

                o Training that will enable you to deliver a broader range of activities in PE and extracurricular clubs

                o Support and training to advocate for the role PE, school sport and physical activity plays in supporting whole school improvement and pupil wellbeing.

  • You will be given free support by an expert consultant throughout – they will be there to help you navigate the process.

For the most up to date information and frequently asked questions, please visit the Sport England website.


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