Guidance For Teachers

The following guidance for teacher is provided in this section:
  1. The Suppliers Hub.
  2. Primary PE and Sport Premium.
  3. Use of External Providers.
  4. Safe Recruitment.
  5. Effective Professional Learning.

The Suppliers Hub

The Suppliers Hub is a listing, search and review tool for school physical activity and sport:
  • Listing – allowing school physical activity suppliers to list their school sports offer;
  • Search – allowing headteachers and PE coordinators to search for listed physical activity providers;
  • Review – enables relevant teaching staff to write and post reviews of suppliers of physical activity and sport.
Created to make it easier for schools to find physical activity providers who can meet their needs. They asked for the following:
  • An online directory;
  • Search and filtering functionality;
  • Ability to rate and review suppliers.
London Sport does not be endorse or recommend any supplier but have provided the following guidance to help schools to make an informed choice of which supplier is suitable for them.  

Primary PE and Sport Premium

Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium in the academic year 2017 to 2018. The following guidance has been provided by the Department of Education for schools: Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport you offer. This means that you should use the premium to:
  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers;
  • Build capacity and capability within the school’s provision, helping to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
In delivering additional improvements that enhance rather than maintain provision, it is expected that schools will see an improvement across the following 5 key indicators:
  • 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 a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school;
  • The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement;
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport;
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils;
  • Increased participation in competitive sport.
Taking this guidance into account, schools can use their Primary Premium funding to:
  • Provide existing staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively;
  • Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current provision;
  • Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport;
  • Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs;
  • Enter or run more sports competitions, form partnerships and run sports activities with other schools and clubs;
  • Increase pupils’ participation in the School Games;
  • Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school;
  • Provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the requirements of the national curriculum;
  • Help embed physical activity into the school day through active travel, active playgrounds and active pedagogy.
You should not use your funding to:
  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of your core staffing budgets;
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum – including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum).
To view this information in full, click here.  

Use of External Providers

Coaches can perform a valuable role in supporting and up-skilling teachers to improve the delivery of physical education and sport, as well as providing breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs. UK Coaching have developed the Coaching in Primary Schools Toolkit in collaboration with the association for Physical Education, the County Sports Partnership Network, Sport England, UKactive Kids and the Youth Sport Trust. Key messages for all schools include:
  • Coaches should only be employed through PE and Sport Premium funding when a need has been identified by the school’s PE and school sport review;
  • Coaches should not be used to displace teachers during curriculum time.
To visit access the UK Coaching in Primary Schools Toolkit click here.  

Safe recruitment

The following guidance has been provided by UK Coaching: Working in a regulated environment with a responsibility for safeguarding children, you will be familiar with the need to conduct safeguarding checks on your staff members. These criteria should be extended to sports coaches you deploy; you should ensure that your coaches meet the core minimum standards for active coaches, which provide information and guidance on safeguarding children and vulnerable groups. This guidance includes the recommended level of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for both lead and assistant coaches. To view the information, click here. afPE has produced the Safe Practice in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity resource, which is the most comprehensive guide of its kind. The 2016 edition has been fully updated to reflect recent developments in legal practice, national guidance, statute law and case law.  

Effective professional learning

The following guidance has been provided by the national partners for PE and School Sport: Raising standards in PE and school sport requires all teachers and other practitioners to have access to effective professional learning. This will ensure that all teachers are making progress and will therefore support them in developing their teaching standards and supporting the school in its overall effectiveness. It is important that schools have completed an audit of what professional learning is required to meet the needs of the school. We recommend that providers should be accredited with a kite mark which endorses the quality and effectiveness of their delivery. Professional learning provider check list: The provider should be able to:
  • Demonstrate their impact on PE and school sport in schools;
  • Demonstrate relevant year/age group experiences;
  • Provide references from schools and Local Authorities that have engaged with them;
  • Provide evidence of whole staff training/support;
  • Provide a PE and school sport vision and their experiences to date;
  • Show an awareness of Ofsted criteria and national frameworks such as the Physical Literacy framework.
To view this information in full, click here. Now that you have read guidance provided on what schools should consider when selecting a provider, why not make a search to find a provider.