School Games Mark 2021-22

With the evolution of the School Games gathering at a pace, we have taken the opportunity to review School Games Mark to ensure it still fit for purpose. It remains central that School Games Mark is a development tool that needs to help schools to effectively reflect on their engagement in the School Games and to also reflect on the difference that they are making for those young people that need to be physically active the most. We want this to be a clear and simple review tool that aids schools to make some informed decisions and allow School Games Organisers (SGOs) to get a better understanding of the schools that they work with needs.

Based on feedback from the network of schools and SGOs we have looked to reinstate and refresh the levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum for 2021/22 enabling those schools that want the stretch to do so whilst supporting all schools to benchmark their provision against a nationally recognised set of criteria.

The outcomes of School Games Mark and the School Games are entwined. Schools will need to demonstrate how they are/have;

  1. Maintaining and growing their school’s engagement in the School Games and their delivery of 60 active minutes for every child
  2. Creating positive experiences to ensure physical activity and competition provision is designed to reflect the motivation, competence and confidence of their young people and has a clear intent
  3. A clear focus on particular transition points (Yr.3 and Yr.7/8 as well as those in 3 tier systems) and how secondary schools are engaging in the School Games
  4. Create positive experiences that support the character development of their young people
  5. Advocated to key stakeholders how the School Games makes a meaningful difference to the lives of children and young people, including engaging and educating their parents

The application window will open on 4th May 2022 until 27th July 2022 and the School Games Mark document, detailing the criteria for each of the levels, is available to download below.

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