PE and Sport Newsletter - October 2016
Time to apply for School Table Grants
Table Tennis England launch the School Table Packages and Activity Grant Scheme for the 2016/17 season, making it even easier for schools to introduce or expand their table tennis provision.
The School Table Packages scheme allows primary schools to apply for grants of £300 to help meet the cost of our indoor and outdoor table tennis packages.
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Effective Use of Primary PE and Sport Premium Videos Launched
Sport England has funded and developed a suite of films aimed at promoting best practice use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium. These films are being used as a means to engage with primary schools and raise the profile of the Premium and Best Practice Use in schools.
Targeted at head teachers, governors, staff and coaches, the films carry some some key messages, namely:
- Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
- A tool for whole school improvement
- Increase the confidence and skills of all staff in teaching PE
- More children – more sports – more competition
New Guidelines for Primary PE and Sport Funding
The Department for Education has this week issued new guidelines for primary schools detailing what they should and shouldn't be spending their money on.
After Government concerns that in previous years the funding has contributed to employing under qualified sports coaches to teach PE lessons, new guidance encourages schools not to do this.
A statement on the Department for Education website states that "[Schools] should not use funding to employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements". "This should come out of your core staffing budgets" Instead, head teachers are encouraged to "hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers".