Skills for Life
School Games Mark
PLEASE NOTE: SCHOOLS GAMES MARK CURRENTLY PAUSED
For the academic year 2020/21, the School Games Mark Framework will be positioned as a self-review tool to support schools and other educational establishments to reflect on their involvement in the School Games in light of the country’s ongoing plight with COVID-19. The pause in delivering the School Games Mark during the academic year 2019/20 not only gave us the opportunity to refocus the tool, but more importantly to reconsider what the demands would be on schools with a recovery curriculum and the place of the School Games in supporting this. We therefore hope you find this a useful tool to work through and reflect on your current provision and uptake and how the School Games can be positioned to help all young people reconnect and engage in school life.
Please click on the following links to access the School Games Mark Framework Guidance.
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.
School Games registered schools are eligible to apply once a year during an application window, which traditionally takes place during the summer term, and are graded against set criteria. The School Games Mark is a retrospective award and all answers submitted should consider the current academic year, i.e. the current term and the two previous terms. Applications are made via the school games website. If you are already registered please click the ‘Log in’ button at the top of the page to get started. If you’re not registered or are unsure of whether your school has been involved previously, please visit the school games website by clicking here.
Successful School Games Mark applications since 2012 from Greenacre Sports Partnership Schools.
When an application is submitted to us it is graded automatically against that year’s criteria. This initially determines whether the application is likely to be at a bronze, silver, or gold level. The application is then either verified by that school’s local School Games Organiser (SGO) or is picked for a validation visit by an external auditor. The auditors randomly select a small cohort of schools each year to ensure that the information being provided is correct. Those schools which consistently submit gold level applications will be given the opportunity to additionally apply for the platinum award, which is then valid for two years. A full set of guidance documents on the School Games Mark are available to all registered users via the resource library on their dashboard.
Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions. They cover the following basic topics…
Participation – how many young people at your school are being engaged in sporting activity?
Competition – how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
Workforce – how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
Clubs – how many local links does your school have with clubs or establishments from the area?
All successful schools receive a Digital Celebration Pack. This contains the following:
School Games Mark logo – available in multiple formats for use on letterheads, school website etc.
Certificate – available for you to display proudly at your school
Celebratory GIF – which you can share on social media to further celebrate your success
Draft press release – which you can customise and share with the local media
Schools who receive either the gold or platinum awards will also receive a plaque to display at their school.
If you require any support or guidance with the School Games Mark application process please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.