Changes to the School Games

The national School Games Review that concluded 12 months ago, put in train many significant changes that are just starting to come through. These changes will affect many aspects of the nature, range and number of competitions. There are also significant changes to the School Games mark and unlike in previous years, schools will need to be actively working across the year in order to get to the higher levels.

We are being ‘driven’ by:

School Games Mission

Keeping competitive sport at the heart of schools and providing more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.


By 2020 the School Games will be continuing to make a clear and meaningful difference to the lives of even more children and young people.


The next phase of development of the School Games will focus on ensuring it is relevant to more children and young people and their lives today and allows more of them to achieve their potential. In driving this forward the School Games will seek to:

•  engender a sense of competence;         

•  promote enjoyment

•  avoid negative or bad experience and promote a positive one.

In order to meet the new requirements we are looking at providing some Y3/4 festivals targeting those young people who are either less active or less confident, running some extra county events such as cross country as well as looking carefully at the activities on offer at the Summer Games.

Another key change is in the School Games Mark. Last year we had 42 Herefordshire schools achieving the School Games Mark. It is clear the in order to achieve the higher levels of the award next year, schools will need to be looking this term at their provision.

The last significant change is the requirement for all primary schools to be accountable for delivering 30 active minutes as part of the Childhood Obesity Plan. We know that some of the information on this will not be available until mid-November.

Support meetings

We have arranged 2 support meetings this term because there are so many changes coming through.

Tuesday 17th October 4.00 – 5.30 – Whitecross High School

  • Understanding and planning for the new School Games Mark

  • Update on the Sports premium funding criteria (hopefully)

  • Short practical demonstration

Tuesday 21st November 4.00 – 5.30 - Whitecross High School

  • Update and planning for 30 Active Minutes including the use of the Activity Audit and Activity Tracker

  • Short practical demonstration


The changes to the School Games website have been made. An email  was sent to the address that was on the ‘old’ site – this may or may not have been you!!! If you have not seen the email , please click on this link to register yourself as a user:


Downloading School Games Mark Collateral

For schools that have not yet downloaded their School Games Mark certificate and please follow this link to the old school games website:

(You will need your old logins to access this site.)

On here if you go to the dashboard and click on the 'access collateral' button you will find your digital celebration pack. 

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