Welcome to our education update, providing the latest school sport news, funding opportunities, national and local programmes and resources as well as letting you know about courses, events and job vacancies which may be of interest to you. 

Updated: 15th January, 2020

Local News

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School Games Has Got Talent - Deadline for winter festival Monday 20th January!

Applications to perform at either the 2019/20 Winter or Summer primary Shropshire Homes School Sport Festivals, as part of School Games opening ceremonies are now being accepted!

For further information including an application form please click here

Celebrating the best uses of the Primary PE and Sport Premium across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

These awards recognise schools that have innovated and endeavoured to provide improved outcomes for pupils using the Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.  Prizes include a school visit from a sporting champion, a written case study based on your application and a professional video case study about your school.

The application process for 2019/20 is now open!

For further information about the awards including video and written case studies from previous winners please click here

National Policy Updates and News

Major investment to help poorest children get active

Sport England have announced funding to enable children from some of the poorest areas in England to have the chance to get physically active by trying a wider range of sports that may not have traditionally been accessible in their area. Sport England has awarded £500,000 of National Lottery funding to UK charity Sport Inspired to help more than 9,000 children, young people and families live happier, healthier lives through sport.

To deepen the impact, Sport Inspired will also launch a pioneering programme encouraging families to get active together and embed healthy habits across multiple generations. 

Latest activity figures published on children's activity levels

Children’s activity levels are on the rise, according to Sport England’s second annual Active Lives Children and Young People Survey. The report, covering the academic year 2018/19, has been published with figures showing an increase of 3.6% in the number of children in England doing an average of 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day.

That means that 46.8% of the nation’s children and young people are meeting the recommended level, with the increase driven by more out of school activity – including increases in active play, team sports and walking. Government guidelines recommend that children and young people should get 30 minutes of their daily physical activity in the school day and 30 minutes outside of school.

The figures show that 57.2% (up 4.6%) of children are doing 30 minutes or more of physical activity outside of school, compared to 40.4% at school. At the other end of the scale, 2.1 million children and young people (29.0%) are doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day, and while that number is down (by 3.9% over the last year) it's a reminder of how much more needs to be done. In the middle, another 1.7 million (24.2%) children are ‘fairly active’ – taking part in average of 30-59 minutes a day.

To read the full report please click here

Badminton England launches new coaching pathway

Badminton England launches its new coaching pathway in January 2020 as part of its commitment to increase investment into coaches over the next two years. This investment is designed to better support new and existing coaches to be the very best they can be, enabling them to support players across all levels of the game, particularly at a local level.

These changes being introduced as part of the new coaching pathway are designed to provide a more relevant and suitable coaching structure aligned to the needs of the learners and sport, equipping coaches to better support players at all levels of the game.

For information on the  Foundation Award in Coaching Badminton (replaces the current UKCC Level 1 Award) please click here.

Department for Education launches free school meals and holidays clubs for schools

The Department for Education has announced an £11.8 million boost to breakfast clubs in disadvantaged areas and £9 million funding for summer holiday activities.  The scheme follows successful programmes in 2018 and 2019, which saw charities and community groups providing meals and activities such as football, play sessions and cooking classes.  Approximately 18,000 children benefited in 2018 with that figure rising to around 50,000 in 2019.

Eligible areas will be announced by the department shortly.

British Gymnastics launch Partner School Programme 

British Gymnastics have launched two new packages to help schools deliver high quality gymnastics sessions to pupils.  Schools can choose register for free to become a partner school in order to gain access to:

  • Extra-curricular session plans
  • Termly newsletter
  • Support guides on delivering sessions and equipment recommendations
  • Discounts at British Gymnastics events and online shop
  • Digital access to British Gymnastics products

In addition, schools can pay £50 per year to become a premium partner school gaining additional session plans and resources plus the opportunity to win a visit from a British Gymnast.

For further information and to access the resources please click here.

Young Athlete Grant Scheme – Application deadline 8th February 2020
The AAA has a fund which is able to support English Athletes under the age of 23 who are in full time education and active in athletics. Applicants should not be receiving other funding and be eligible to compete for England.

Registered charity 'Athletics for the Young' offer financial help to young athletes and aim to spread their money widely to as many as possible so athletes receiving help elsewhere will not usually be granted an award. The charity are particularly interested in helping genuine hardship cases for promising young athletes. Over recent years, it has been the policy of the Charity to award small grants of the order of £50 to £200. It is possible to apply for funds for costs including equipment and travel.
Applications close 8 February 2020 and successful applicants will be contacted by the end of April.

For further information and an application form please click here

Secondary Teacher Training Programme Funding Available

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

To date, 1650 secondary schools have been involved and every secondary school is eligible to receive £3,350 to invest according to their priorities.  Schools will work with an expert consultant to create a bespoke plan based on the needs of their staff and pupils.

The deadline for registering interest is 7th February, 2020.

For further information, please click here.


Opportunity to Develop Energize's 'Youth Voice Forum'
Location: Varied
Terms: 8 hours per week (by invoice on self employed basis)
Closing date: 24th January 2020
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Courses and Events

Teacher of School Swimming Courses: 

This 2 day course is aimed at learners who have limited knowledge and experience of School Swimming and will be delivered using a combination of theory and practical work.

Please click on the courses above to view further information including booking details.

Cooperative learning in physical education or physical activity:

This one-day course (plus online discussions) is designed for primary, secondary, FE and University teachers. Using his 25 years of teaching experience leading expert Dr Ash Casey has developed this course to demonstrate how Cooperative Learning can support the delivery of outstanding PE. The session will ensure that lessons still remain practical for the students, whilst using research-informed practices to the greatest effect to enhance student learning across four domains, physical, cognitive, social and affective learning.

The event is priced at £129 and will take place at Loughborough University on Tuesday 21st January 2020. It will run from 10am - 4pm.

For further information and to book please click here

To view a list of courses being run by Energize please click onto our training courses page here