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National Lottery funding available for PE development 

Sport England is investing up to £13.5 million of National Lottery funding into secondary schools across England via the Teaching School Alliance (TSA) network and other school partnerships. Its Secondary Teacher Training programme is designed to provide teachers with access to professional development as well as put pupils’ enjoyment and whole school outcomes at the heart of PE and school sport.

Any state school that educates students aged 11-16 years is eligible (independent, primary schools, middle school deemed primary, sixth form or Further Education colleges are not eligible). All eligible schools will be accepted onto the programme.

How does it work?

Each TSA or partnership will be given £3,350 per secondary school plus free support by an expert consultant from either the Youth Sport Trust or the Association for Physical Education over three academic terms.

TSAs and partnerships then design a bespoke project to develop school PE provision based on the needs of their staff and pupils, access relevant mentoring and training, and measure the impact of their work. Sport England encourages projects that:

  • · develop pupils’ mental wellbeing, confidence and resilience through PE, school sport and physical activities that prioritise pupil enjoyment
  • · develop pupils’ understanding of the benefits of physical activity and how to live a healthy lifestyle
  • · create opportunities for all pupils – including those who don’t like PE – to try new activities (such as non-traditional sports and fitness classes) so they can discover ways to be physically active that work for them.
  • · explore how PE, school sport and physical activity can contribute to or complement core curriculum subjects by finding ways to bring activity into other subjects’ lessons

How to get involved:

Please visit the Sport England website for more information, or email:  to express interest. The deadline for expressions of interest for the next phase of the programme is 5pm on Friday 18 October 2019.


Page updated: 12 September 2019