What is the School Games Mark?
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. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of the Mark.
All registered schools are able to apply for the Mark. To help with the application process, it helps to build up a file at the beginning of the year to show evidence of what you have done in your school.
The criteria for 2023-2024 can be found below:
The application window will open on Wednesday 01 May 2024 and close on Friday 26 July 2024.
If any Chester school requires any assistance with planning for their School Games Mark for this year, please do contact us.
To help with your preparation for the School Games Mark award, you will find the following information and websites useful:
This will be updated as soon as the school guidance criteria for 2023-2024 has been released.
The School Games website is essential, as this is the website used to apply for the School Games Mark. Here you will be able to access a lot of useful resources, you can record your intra school competitions / festivals, and access and complete your Inclusive Health check.
The autumn term is a great time of year to survey the children to find out a little bit more about how they get to school, what sports they like to play, are they in a community club etc.
Across Cheshire and Warrington we have designed a survey for school children to answer these questions. Split into key stages, the questions are child friendly, age appropriate and easy to complete.
As a school you will be able to immediately see the results which can help you to plan for the year ahead. Only your school will be able to see the names of the children.
At high school you can easily send out a link to the survey as homework for the children.
By using the survey you are able to gain valuable evidence for the School Games Mark such as tracking the 30 minutes of activity within and outside of school for the recommended 60 Active Minutes. You are also able to find out which of your children are inactive and what sports they want to take part in. This will help you to engage your least active children.
Schools need to register on the Koboca website and select Chester School Sport Partnership as your area. There is no need for you to purchase a license for the website as we have done so for all our schools.
Active School Planner
The Active School Planner is an excellent way for teachers to see how active their class is during the school week. The Chief Medical Officer recommends that children take part in physical activity for 30 minutes within the school day, and 30 minutes outside of the school day. Is your class being active for 30 minutes every day?
By logging down how active your class is, you can see where there are any gaps in physical activity or long periods of time when the children are sitting down. Once these gaps are identified, the website gives you a report on suggestions to increase physical activity during these time periods.
For any school wishing to apply for the School Games Mark for 2022-2023, the completion of a Heat Map is part of the criteria for the Silver and Gold award. Please register today.