Background: how does the programme 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 is investing £13.5million of National Lottery funding into secondary schools, 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.
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 school partnerships where there is no appropriate Teaching School. TSAs are awarded £3,350 for every secondary school included in their project.
After signing up and attending a national orientation day event, TSAs 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. Sheffield Hallam University have been appointed as the national evaluators for the programme and ask each TSA to conduct baseline and follow up surveys with their staff and students.
The programme is being delivered in a series of phases:
- Phase 1: October 2018 – December 2019
- Phase 2: December 2018 – July 2020
- Phase 3: March 2019 – December 2020
- Phase 4: July 2019 – April 2021
- Phase 5: November 2019 – July 2021
- 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)