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. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.

For the academic year 2020/21, the School Games Mark Framework will be positioned as a self-review tool to support schools and other educational establishments to reflect on their involvement in the School Games in light of the country’s ongoing plight with COVID-19. The pause in delivering the School Games Mark during the academic year 2019/20 not only gave us the opportunity to refocus the tool, but more importantly to reconsider what the demands would be on schools with a recovery curriculum and the place of the School Games in supporting this. We therefore hope you find this a useful tool to work through and reflect on your current provision and uptake and how the School Games can be positioned to help all young people reconnect and engage in school life.  

You can download further information about the School Games Mark Framework on the right-hand side. Alternatively, you can register your school and speak to your SGO for further information. 

How can I apply?

School Games registered schools are eligible to apply once a year during an application window, which traditionally takes place during the summer term, and are graded against set criteria. The School Games Mark is a retrospective award and all answers submitted should consider the current academic year, i.e. the current term and the two previous terms. 

Applications are made via a short form available to all registered schools through their online dashboards. If you are already registered please click the 'Log in' button at the top of the page to get started. If you're not registered or are unsure of whether your school has been involved previously, please use the school search on the right-hand side to locate your school on our website. 

How is my award confirmed?

When an application is submitted to us it is graded automatically against that year's criteria. This initially determines whether the application is likely to be at a bronze, silver, or gold level. The application is then either verified by that school's local School Games Organiser (SGO) or is picked for a validation visit by an external auditor. The auditors randomly select a small cohort of schools each year to ensure that the information being provided is correct. 

Those schools which consistently submit gold level applications will be given the opportunity to additionally apply for the platinum award, which is then valid for two years. A full set of guidance documents on the School Games Mark are available to all registered users via the resource library on their dashboard.

What are the key criteria?

Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions. They cover the following basic topics...

  • Participation - how many young people at your school are being engaged in sporting activity?
  • Competition - how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
  • Workforce - how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
  • Clubs - how many local links does your school have with clubs or establishments from the area?

What do I get if I am successful?

All successful schools receive a Digital Celebration Pack. This contains the following:

  • School Games Mark logo - available in multiple formats for use on letterheads, school website etc.
  • Certificate - available for you to display proudly at your school
  • Celebratory GIF - which you can share on social media to further celebrate your success
  • Draft press release - which you can customise and share with the local media

Schools who receive either the gold or platinum awards will also receive a plaque to display at their school.

Access School Games Mark resources

Register or go to your dashboard to see these resources

Your School

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