Ensuring that staff have access to appropriate continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities, and that teachers are equipped to teach a broad and balanced curriculum, is an important part of the governing board’s role.

Sports England, in partnership with the National Lottery, has secured £3,350 for every state secondary school in England designed to provide teachers with access to professional development. Putting pupils’ enjoyment and whole school outcomes at the heart of physical education (PE) and school sport.

The funding is flexible and can be used to upskill teachers, improve the quality and breadth of PE, and develop schools’ PE and physical activity offer so that it acts as a lever for wider educational outcomes.

Any state school that educates pupils aged 11-16 years is eligible, but funding will only be awarded through teaching school alliance (TSA) and school partnerships. Governing boards should therefore consider alerting their executive leaders to this opportunity so that the school can contact their TSA and request them to submit an expression of interest on their behalf.

The deadline for the next phase of the programme is 5pm, Friday 7 February 2020 so it is important that schools contact their TSA as soon as possible. Click here for more information.

(Information provided by National Governance Association Jan 2020)