How does the programme work?
Funding is distributed via the network of Teaching School Alliances (TSA) and other appropriate school partnerships. TSAs and partnerships are awarded £3,350 for every secondary school included in their project.
TSAs/partnerships are invited to a national orientation day, where they'll be given a detailed overview of the programme, the chance to meet other participating TSAs/partnerships and can begin to think about how they'll use the funding in their schools
They're then given free support by an expert consultant from either the Youth Sport Trust or Association for Physical Education over three academic terms to plan a project based on the needs of their staff and students, access relevant mentoring and training, implement the project in schools and measure the impact of their work.
What the pilot schools thought
Impington Village College, Cambridge
"Sport England’s Secondary Teacher Training programme allows schools to be creative and ambitious, and in being so they can do something meaningful to help improve PE for their students."
Thomas Gainsborough School, Sudbury
"The programme created a buzz around the department. Sport England has created a programme that could have an unbelievable impact on students."
Frequently asked questions
We're not part of a TSA - how can we take part?
Please contact us, and we’ll direct you (wherever possible) to a TSA in your region or to other schools in your area that also wish to sign up, so you can discuss a potential partnership.Read more
We’re also willing to work with other established school partnerships. Please still get in touch if you have other partnerships with schools in your area and wish to explore the viability of joining the programme.
We aren't the lead school in our TSA - how do we register our interest?
Please contact the lead school in your TSA who can express their interest in the way set out above.
My school is affiliated to more than one TSA – how will we know which TSA works for this programme?
Your school can decide which TSA to work with for this programme. Please note that we will not fund a school taking part in more than one TSA’s project.
We're a Teaching School that’s a primary school, but have secondary schools in our TSA – are we eligible?
Yes, as the lead Teaching School for your TSA you can apply to be part of the programme. However, the funding awarded can only include, and be able to benefit, secondary schools. A non-secondary TSA lead school can claim funding from the award to coordinate the project.Read more
If the lead teaching school in a TSA is not deemed the most appropriate school to lead this work (perhaps because it’s not a secondary school or perhaps because there are schools in the TSA that have a stronger track record of delivery in PE and sport), the TSA can take the decision for another school to lead the project.
What type of school can take part?
Any school that educates secondary school students aged 11-16. Primary schools, middle schools, sixth form or further education colleges are not eligible.Read more
Independent schools can participate but are not able to receive funding. The funding formula of £3,350 per participating school is based on the number of state secondary schools in England. Should an independent school wish to participate, they’d be expected to meet the costs associated with their participation.
What happens if we are unable to meet deadlines due to disruption because of coronavirus such as local lockdowns and school closures?
It's become increasingly clear that disruption from the coronavirus crisis will affect secondary schools for a significant length of time. We'll try to be as flexible as possible, adapting and revising timings and delivery where needed.