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Secondary Schools

Part of our mission is to continue the foundations of PE through the transition period into secondary school, ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to access PE and sport.
About Us - Secondary schools

There are a number of programmes, CPD events and resources that we run for both member and non-member schools. We provide insight, advice and practical solutions on how schools can use PE and school sport strategically to improve wellbeing, nurture leadership and boost achievement. 

Impact of the changes to Ofsted on PE

From September 2015, a new Ofsted framework came into effect. It focuses on a new common inspection framework for all education providers, with more frequent but shorter inspections for schools rated as ‘good’, and greater Ofsted control over the recruitment, training and quality assurance of inspectors. Find out more about the impact of these changes on your school.

Power of PE twilight sessions

During Autumn 2015/16 we held 27 Power of PE twilight events around the country, with the aim of helping secondary practitioners maximise the benefits of PE in their schools, and communicate the benefits of it to their senior leaders. These events were free for Youth Sport Trust members to attend, and were also open to non-members.

98% of delegates who attended these events expressed that they had been inspired and motivated to improve the delivery of PE, physical activity and/or sport, and 92% said their confidence to effectively communicate the value and purpose of PE had increased.

My Personal Best (My PB)

Informed by investigative research conducted by the TOP Foundation, the Youth Sport Trust is working with 25 schools from three academy trusts to develop a nationally replicable approach to character development. This 12-month pilot uses secondary curriculum PE to teach young people vital character traits like creativity, aspiration, resilience and empathy.

The approach is called My Personal Best (My PB) - Life-skilled through PE, and is a timely opportunity for participating schools to shape future government policy. Find out more about this programme.

Assessment without Levels in Physical Education

Following recommendations from the National Curriculum Expert Panel (DfE: 2011) the system of national levels used to report student's attainment and progress in education was removed. A Commission on Assessment without Levels was set up (chaired by John McIntosh, CBE), with a purpose to provide guidance and recommendations to schools on assessment. The Commissions final report can be found here.

The Commission has also produced two short films (one in conjunction with Ofsted) to support schools in moving away from a system of levels and the opportunities that it brings:

The opportunity that developing new assessment brings

What inspectors look at when considering a school's assessment system

For further support in assessing without levels in PE, we have developed a guide that gives examples of assessment frameworks that were developed through the Youth Sport Trust's Assessment Working Group, which was made up of a series of Subject Leaders and PE practitioners from secondary schools across England. The resource entitled 'Assessing without Levels in PE' can be accessed in our member area

Post-event or training course survey

Have you attended one of our events or a CPD training course? If so, please complete our survey - we want to know what went well and what can be improved so that we can make the courses better for you in future. 

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Consultancy Visit

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Changing Lives Athlete Mentors

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