Sport England is looking for up to 50 secondary schools to take part in a pilot project designed to give pupils a more positive experience of Physical Education and sport.
The pilot is being put together by a number of national partners including the Youth Sport Trust (YST), Association for PE (AfPE), Department for Education (DfE), Teaching Schools Council (TSC) and the Activity Alliance. It will help shape a national programme that will offer specialist training and mentoring to at least two teachers in every secondary school in England by 2020.
Selected schools will receive a package of support and resources that will include funding, workforce training and mentoring.
Insights gained through Sport England’s Youth Personalities work have highlighted, that while some young people are getting an enjoyable experience of PE and sport in school, not all are, which is impacting into their adult lives due to the negative experience they had in secondary school.
What outcomes can schools expect?
- Children and young people will experience a greater breadth of sport and physical activity which should lead to better preparation for a positive future relationship with sport and activity
- Teachers will have more focus on helping children and young people to feel capable and confident in their abilities
- An improved confidence and attitude in teachers to encourage children and young people to be physically active
- A reduction in the number of children and young people having a poor experience of PE and sport in schools
YST will be the main delivery partner for the training of senior leaders and governors in understanding the relevance and importance of PE and school sport to wider school outcomes like attendance, behaviour, wellbeing and achievement.
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of YST said:
We are delighted to be joining Sport England and other national delivery partners on this pilot. Curriculum PE is in decline at a time when it has never been needed more and we know that too many young people miss out on the huge benefits a good quality physical education can bring. Transforming PE’s place in the curriculum is a key strategic priority for YST.
This pilot is a great opportunity to challenge school decision makers to think differently about PE and sport as a tool for wider outcomes across their school.
How to get involved
If you are interested in becoming a pilot school for this exciting new project or want to know more please email info-CYP@sportengland.org with the heading ‘Specialist Teacher Training Pilot’. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 5pm on May 1.