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					Briefing Paper

School Sport Sustainability

9th February 2011

Officer Contact: Neil Consterdine

Purpose of Report

To outline proposals and request funding from the centrally held DSG, in order to
sustain one central management role within the school sport infrastructure.

Background

The School Sport funding package has been somewhat turbulent since the Coalition
Government announced it was removing the funds. However the initial loss to Oldham
In summary under the current programme is:

    Approximately £575,000 each year which will impact on staff in schools as
     follows.
         o No funding for the 2 Partnership Development Managers (PDM’s)
         o School Sport Co-ordinators (2 days week in each Secondary School) will
            no longer be funded by ring fenced funding.
         o Primary Link Teachers in Primary Schools will not receive funding to be
            released from timetable 12 days a year.

The loss of funding would have impacted significantly on children and young people
and stopped the progress made in the delivery of the PESSYP strategy (formerly the
PESSCL strategy). It is important to recognise the progress made against delivery of
NI57 – the delivery of the 5 hour offer and specifically delivery of 2 hours of PE. When
the programme started the average % of delivery of 2 hours of PE was 20% across
schools. The latest figure is 93.5%. The financial reward benefit through delivery
against LPSA and LAA agreements has been significant.

The current Situation

Several funding announcements have been made over the past few months which has
resulted in a coalition u-turn and a different funding package. Most recent over the past
few days (10/02/11) Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and
Sport, has announced the Government’s commitment to a new strand of school sport
funding to support the delivery of the nationwide School Games initiative.

Already announced in June 2010, funding from the Department of Culture, Media and
Sport and the National Lottery has been allocated to establish a nationwide School
Games tournament to boost the numbers of young people taking part in competitive
sport across the country. In this week’s fresh announcement, the Secretary of State
pledged further funding support from his Department and the Department of Health to
pay for 450 new roles to work three days a week as School Games Organisers.
Schools will have the option to add to this funding and potentially increase the days
worked by the School Games Organisers.

The Secretary of State has recognised that recent months have been challenging and
paid tribute to the extraordinary commitment and dedication of those working within
school sport. He reiterated the previously announced funding package for school sport
from three government departments. Firstly, the allocated £47 million to help schools to
secure staff roles within school sport until the end of the summer term and secondly,
the £65 million of funding from Department for Education that will allow secondary
schools to release a PE teacher for one day a week over the next two academic years.
Thirdly, focusing on those children who are least active, the Department of Health is to
provide up to £6.4 million to embed Change4Life Sports Clubs in secondary schools
and extend this model into primary schools.

The detail of each of these funding announcements is yet to be announced. However
the levels of funding are now somewhat different and more favourable than the original
announcements.
What is evident from the recent announcements is that coordination and management
of the programmes now announced will not be funded. One of the successes of the
current programme is that is centrally coordinated, supported and managed. All
consultation with Head Teachers and School staff recognise the importance of trying to
sustain this. However it is also recognised that it is not possible to sustain the current
arrangement of 2 PDM’s. It is also acknowledged work needs to be done to ensure a
District Delivery model is adopted rather than the current cluster approach.

Role of Partnership Development Manager

The current structure (as mentioned above) supports 2 management posts (PDM’s) to
co-ordinate and manage the National PE and Sport Strategy locally. Funding for these
will not exist beyond August 2011 and in current climate and through sustainability it is
envisaged that this could be condensed into one role for the Borough.

The post would:
    Be managed by either the Failsworth or Waterhead partnership.
    Understand and deliver against the new funding package.
    Develop new ways of working including a transition from cluster to locality/district
      model of delivery.
    Create a consistent approach across schools in Oldham with effective functional
      management of SSCo’s and other SSP staff
    Deliver centralised calendar of events including competition, CPD opportunities
      and other borough wide events
    Work with key partners (local and national) to deliver initiatives and projects that
      meet local need in schools
    Lever additional resource into school sport including funding

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       Develop and deliver local strategy for children and young people in schools
       Creation of whole school projects using PE and sport as a tool for improvements
        across the school
       Ensure appropriate financial management of the SSP
       Develop methods of reciprocal working
       Create a legacy for London 2012


Finance

The cost of retaining one PDM would be £60,000 which would include on costs and a
very small working budget for such things as car mileage and training.

Recommendation

In order to continue to drive the school sport programme forward and support schools
deliver a coordinated managed school sport infrastructure it is a recommendation that
funding be allocated to fund one Partnership Development Management Post.




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