School Sport Partnerships (SSPs) are one strand of the previous government’s Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links strategy launched in 2002.

Since 2006, all schools in England have been part of an SSP. They are a family of secondary, primary and special schools working together to increase the quality and quantity of PE and sports opportunities for young people. They are managed by a Partnership Development Manager who is funded centrally and employed directly by schools, usually a sports college. The SSP funds a School Sport Coordinator in each secondary school and a Primary Link Teacher in each primary and special school, as shown in Annex A of this report.

In December 2010, the Department confirmed that every secondary school would receive funding up to the end of 2013 to pay for one day a week of a PE teacher’s time to be spent out of the classroom, encouraging greater take-up of competitive sport in primary schools and securing a fixture network for schools to increase the amount of intra- and inter-school competition.

This good practice survey has been carried out so that schools and their partners can learn the lessons of School Sport Partnerships, and apply them in this new environment.

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  • Background
  • Key findings
  • Characteristics of good practice
  • Case studies
  • Notes
  • Further information