Youth Sport Trust announces free support to help teachers plan summer schools

The Department for Education has today published guidance for secondary schools to help progress their plans for summer schools. £200 million of funding will be distributed to secondary schools to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, whose education has suffered most during the pandemic.

Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust will be running a series of workshops next month to help schools and Multi Academy Trusts planning their summer school provision.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

Sport and activity have a huge role to play in young people’s recovery. We are encouraging all schools and providers to consider the importance and benefits of getting young people active and enjoying themselves as part of their summer school provision.

Following the publication of this guidance, our team of PE and sport experts will be on hand to support schools in planning their summer school provision. This will include advice and new ideas around how to effectively integrate active and outdoor learning, sport and free play into summer schools to benefit young people. 

“We know from both a compelling evidence base and 25 years of experience that all the elements which will contribute to young people’s recovery can be accelerated through physical activity, play and sport. We are proud to have already worked with local authorities around the country to create a free YouTube channel on a Holiday Activities and Food programme which can be used throughout Easter, and working together with government, Sport England and other sporting organisations we will be launching an Active Recovery Hub on the School Games website.

“This will support schools to get young people re-connecting and having fun through sport this term, into June’s National School Sport Week celebration and then on into summer school provision.”

The Youth Sport Trust will make three summer school support sessions available to secondary schools for free on the below dates:

•           Monday 26 April, 15:45 to 17:15 
•           Tuesday 27 April, 12:00 to 13:30 
•           Wednesday 28 April, 8:30 to 10:00 

Schools will be able to register for one of the sessions here from Wednesday 31 March 2021.