Energise Your School: How we can help
You’ve got your additional funding and now you need to decide where to spend it. Although it has to be spent on improving PE, that’s a pretty broad remit and you have a lot of freedom to choose so that it best fits your school’s needs. It can be daunting to know where to start so we’re here to help:
Assessment and Networking
Energise Me can provide a range of self-assessment opportunities that are tailored to your needs and also address all the practical elements of the funding process. These workshops also offer a great opportunity to network with other schools, sharing insight, ideas and perhaps even getting some inspiration.
We’ve got a couple of useful databases we can direct you to, including the Approved Provider database which covers commercial providers of physical education and the Get Active Database, which provides a link to local clubs – you can access these in the Useful Links section below.
- Approved Provider – all coaches on this database meet all the safety management and safeguarding requirements set by Hampshire County Council so you can be happy in the knowledge that all of that is covered. It’s then up to you to decide whether that coach can help you address your particular goals and aspirations.
- Get Active – we can provide information on all clubs and organisations in the county, but this database is great for schools looking for a quick way to identify their local links. We’ve been working hard to include more clubs that are accredited through ClubMark or their own NGB programmes.
Training and Personal Development
We work with HCC Outdoor Education, PE and Sport Service to help deliver a range of courses – whether that’s certified and quality assured safety management or through another partner that helps teachers with curriculum development, leadership and specific sports. We also have specific support for those wanting to to gain Gymnastics and Swimming Governing Body awards by providing subsidised programmes.
Accounting for your funding
As you might expect the additional funding you’ve received, and how you’ve spent it, forms part of Ofsted Inspections.
Since 2013, Inspectors have been reviewing and assessing how effectively schools have implemented the funding and the impact it’s had on improving PE – this is part of an overall look at the quality of the school’s leadership and management.
There are lots of ways the Inspectors collect their evidence, but it can include:
- Meetings with School Leaders (including Governors)
- Observing lessons and extra after school clubs
- Chatting to pupils about their experiences
They may also look at your website before the Inspection – so you should be including details of your PE sessions and other activities alongside information on the broader curriculum. This isn’t only something the inspectors check, but it’s crucial for parents who might want to compare school sport – both in lessons and beyond the school day.
We’re here to help you make the most of your funding. For useful tips and to get some inspiration from our school case studies see our Sharing Good Practice page.