Free Primary PE and Sport Premium Governor training webinar – Friday 11 June 2021

This week I report on a free Primary PE and Sport Premium governor training webinar, new DfE information on mental health lead training for schools and publication of new research on pupil learning loss due to the pandemic.

Free Primary PE and Sport Premium Governor Training Webinar
A Governors for Schools webinar on Primary PE and Sport Premium will be held on Tuesday 15 June from 12 to 1.00pm, facilitated by David Taylor from Active Sussex. It will also feature the Headteacher and PE Co-ordinator of Little Common Primary School, a best practice school in Sussex that is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted as well as the current holders of the Sussex Sports Awards Active Primary School of the Year Award. To register for the webinar use this link to access the Governors for Schools website.

DfE publishes information on mental health lead training
Following the DfE’s announcement last month that grants for training of senior mental health leads will be available for a third of schools from September this year, further information has been released on the focus, funding and eligibility for training.  Schools can’t apply yet for funding but are encouraged to identify a senior mental health lead in their setting with the capacity and authority to implement a whole school approach to wellbeing, or for those with existing leads to consider their professional development needs for delivering the approach ahead of the new school year.

The DfE also published guidance on the whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing, signposting current information and support available. This includes how schools can enquire about accessing the Mental Health Support Teams and other support services and training. 

New research on pupil learning loss published
New research carried out by the Education Policy Institute and Renaissance Learning analysing learning loss experienced by primary and secondary pupils in England was published by the DfE last week. It explores the impact of the pandemic on attainment at both national and regional levels and is comprised of two reports, covering learning loss during the autumn term (2020) and the spring term (2021).

Key findings highlighted learning losses of 3.7 months in maths and 1.8 in reading for pupils in primary school by October 2020, briefly recovering by December and then regressing to similar levels by March 2021. The reports also found that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds were disproportionately affected by the pandemic as well as disparities in learning losses at a regional level.