National Lottery Funding Available For PE Development and CPD

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Sport England is investing up to £13.5million of National Lottery funding into secondary schools across England via the Teaching School Alliances. Their Secondary Teacher Training programme is designed to provide teachers with access to professional development, and put pupils’ enjoyment and whole school outcomes at the heart of PE and school sport.

Over 1,650 secondary schools are already involved– please promote this huge funding opportunity to TSAs in your region. It’s a unique investment into secondary school PE, giving TSAs the chance to lead a bespoke project focused on the needs of the staff in their alliance. 

Any state school that educates students aged 11-16 years is eligible (independent, primary schools, middle school deemed primary, sixth form or Further Education colleges are not eligible). All eligible schools will be accepted onto the programme (subject to due diligence checks).   

How does it work?

TSAs are awarded £3,350 for every eligible 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.

TSAs and their secondary schools can invest this funding according to their priorities. It’s a flexible programme – the funding can 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.

How to get involved:

Please direct TSAs to the Sport England website for more information and details on how to sign up: https://www.sportengland.org/our-work/children-and-young-people/secondary-teacher-training-programme/

The deadline for the next phase of the programme is 5pm, Friday 7 February 2020.