Schools

Helping young people to live active lives is critical to creating a happier, healthier and more prosperous London.

We are committed to ensuring that young people have the best opportunity to form a positive physical activity habit for life. 

Working with schools, colleges, policymakers, local authorities, teachers and anyone supporting young people, our role is to advise, inform and create positive change.


Covid-19 Support:

See our #StayInWorkOut resource or contact us here. Additional support and resources are also available via Youth Sport Trust and the Association for PE.


Reopening of Schools’ Facilities

As part of the School Sport and Activity Action Plan, the Department for Education have invested into a pilot project to support schools to open their sports facilities.

The project aims to improve the understanding of the current landscape as well as the barriers, solutions and success factors which are linked to school facility usage after the school day, at weekends and during the holidays.

London Sport are looking to learn from schools and support them with opening their sports facilities in order to broaden the offer of extra-curricular and out-of-school sporting and physical activities available to pupils and the wider community.

The learning from this project will then be shared, in order to support other schools across London.

The current COVID 19 situation has made this work more important than ever.

With limited options available for activity, and with winter approaching, the need for accessible space for school children and communities to remain active in, is vital.

It is hoped that this funding will allow schools to explore different ways to open their spaces safely, and for this learning to be expanded across London.

The specific aims for the project are:

  1. Provide greater community access to school sporting facilities outside of school hours i.e. after school, at weekends and during school holidays.
  2. Increase the range of sporting and physical activities available to both the pupils at your school, and the wider community on your school site.
  3. Encourage more young people to form a physical activity habit for life.

Timings:

Deadline for Expression of Interest

Review of Expressions of Interest

Further communication with schools (if required)

Decisions made and communicated

Usage of school facilities commences (indictative)

Thursday 1 October

Fri 2 – Fri 9 October

Fri 2 – Fri 9 October

Monday 12 October

Monday 26 October

Get in touch with the project team via schoolsaccess@londonsport.org.


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Early Years Guidance (CMO guidelines)

We endorse the national physical activity guidelines for under 5s. The 2019 Chief Medical Officer Guidelines consider three developmental stages and age groups:

Infants (less than 1 year), Toddlers (1-2 years) and Pre-Schoolers (3-4 years).


Infants

Infants should be physically active several times every day in a variety of ways, including interactive floor-based activity e.g. crawling

For infants not yet mobile, this includes at least 30 minutes of tummy time throughout the day while awake (and other movements such as reaching and grasping, pushing and pulling themselves independently, or rolling over); more is better.


Toddlers

Toddlers should spend at least 180 minutes (3 hours) per day in a variety of physical activities spread throughout the day, including active and outdoor play.


Pre-schoolers

Pre-schoolers should spend at least 180 minutes (3 hours) per day in a variety of physical activities spread throughout the day, including active and outdoor play.

We work with the Greater London Authority in promoting the Healthy Early YearsFind out more here.



Primary Schools

Primary PE and Sport Premium – improving the quality of sport

The Physical Education (PE) and Sport Premium provides funding for primary schools to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

It is expected that schools will see an improvement across the following 5 key indicators:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – The Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that children aged 5-16 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day across the week, of which 30 minutes should be in school.
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport.

Schools must publish information about their use of the Primary PE and School Premium by July 31, 2020.

They should publish the amount of received; a full breakdown of how it’s been spent; the impact on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment; and how the improvements will be sustainable.

Schools should also consider how their use of the premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle.

Primary PE and Sport Premium resources:


School Sport Suppliers

With a vast range of organisations offering physical activity and sport services to London’s schools it can be time consuming for teachers to be able to use their funding in the best way.

We’ve made this easier by creating the first ever School Sport Suppliers Hub, where anyone can search for suppliers in just a few clicks.

To visit the Hub click here



Secondary Schools Support

Free training is now on offer to teachers in every secondary school to help foster a more positive attitude to PE.

Training is offered primarily through the network of Teaching School Alliance (TSA). Every TSA in England has been contacted by Sport England to offer them funding of £3,350 per secondary school in their alliance.

Each TSA will be supported by a consultant from the consortium to identify the needs of the students and teachers in their school alliance, design a programme and access appropriate training, and demonstrate the impact on the programme’s outcomes.

For more information or further questions please email: Sport England


School Sport Suppliers

With a vast range of organisations offering physical activity and sport services to London’s schools it can be time consuming for teachers to be able to use their funding in the best way.

We’ve made this easier by creating the first ever School Sport Suppliers Hub, where anyone can search for suppliers in just a few clicks.

To visit the Hub click here