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Brooke Weston Teaching School Alliance Wins SPORT ENGLAND FUNDING


Brooke Weston Teaching School Alliance is celebrating after being awarded £25,000 from Sport England as part of the Sport England Teacher Training for Secondary School project.

The grant will help our partner schools with training and mentor support as part of the ongoing process to help secondary school PE teachers to help foster a more positive attitude to physical education.

Up to £13.5 million of National Lottery money is being invested in a teacher training programme, run in partnership with the Teaching School Council, between now and 2021, offering specialist training and mentoring for teachers.


“We are thrilled to be involved in a project that will have life-long impact, it will help schools and individual teachers design a wider range of opportunities to increase young people’s enjoyment of sport and PE, which gives them a much better chance of being active in later life”. Cristina Taboada-Naya, Director of Brooke Weston Teaching School Alliance


In 2015 Sports England surveyed more than 450 school and college students, aged 14 and above, and the results showed that 19% disliked or hated PE at school.


Further research also shows that a bad experience at school can put children off physical activity for life – with girls more likely to dislike or hate PE.


“While some youngsters have a great experience of PE and sport at school, others don’t, and our research shows that can put them off being active for life,” said Jennie Price, Chief Executive Sports England. “Lots of people have bad memories of being picked last for a team, or just feeling really uncomfortable in PE lessons.


This is the first significant investment into secondary school PE since 2008 and, while the training programme will not change the curriculum, it will build on and enhance existing good practice and support necessary improvements for all children and young people.


The funding is awarded with the aim to address the key priorities of each of our partner schools. As part of this project, schools in our partnership will be given the opportunity to access high quality training from leading national organisations, as well as access to local expertise and support. 


About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.


It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active - like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.