The Team here at Sporting Futures Training are immensely proud to announce that we have received an OUTSTANDING OFSTED report with NO RECOMMENDATIONS.

Sporting Futures Training are celebrating the accolade of being graded as an OUTSTANDING OFSTED Grade 1 provider across all areas of inspection, with no recommendations, following their first FULL OFSTED in September this year.

This places Sporting Futures Training in a unique position across the country as it is very rare for provision to be recognised as OUTSTANDING in all areas:

The Quality of Education

Behaviour and attitudes

Personal Development

Leadership and management

The company Sporting Futures Training UK Ltd, that was founded in 2011 by Co-Directors, Jill Eaton and Jo Pountney, as a result of funding being withdrawn from the, then School Sports Partnerships, has continued to thrive and make an impact through apprenticeships on the lives of many individuals.

Entering the Training Provider world from scratch with a team of Teachers and ex-school staff, we are committed to working within schools to show them the impact and opportunities that apprenticeships can have within their workplace.

SFT have overcome challenges such as Apprentice reforms and the more recent pandemic and have continued to be led by their learners in developing a robust, successful program. ‘We speak the language of our schools and recognise the daily challenges faced within the school environment and we are here to work with schools to recognise the value of Apprenticeships not just in schools but across the wider landscape’, said Director Jill Eaton.

Their key focus is School-Based Apprenticeships, PE Apprenticeships and also Classroom Teaching Assistants and many individuals who have been through the SFT programs over the last ten years are still working in schools today as either, Teachers, Teaching Assistants or PE Teaching Assistants.

The success of the SFT ethos lies within the partnership working of the employers/Tutors who through a supportive, nurturing environment task Learners to aspire to achieve. We work with like-minded individuals / Lead Tutors across Durham/ Liverpool/ Birmingham/ London and beyond to deliver a quality program.

Key hub areas are based within Sedgefield School Sports Partnership ( Go-Well), Liverpool School Sports Partnership, Kingsbury School Sports Partnership, Enfield PE Team, within key London hubs and all across Hertfordshire.

Director Jo Pountney reflected: ‘To receive recognition from OFSTED on such a level, truly reflects the commitment and dedication of our team. To hear the feedback from the inspectors and evidence they had gathered through talking to our Learners, employers and tutors was reward for all the years we have strived to deliver a high-quality program.’

The report stated, ‘Apprentices learn from highly skilled and qualified tutors. Apprentices gain substantial new teaching skills and a good understanding of the different stages of education.’

‘Apprentices receive excellent support from mentors in the workplace… and benefit from expert workplace mentors.’

Leaders are rigorous and demanding in their drive for improvement…. Leaders have planned a rich and ambitious curriculum.

Jill Eaton also said that, ’we are so proud that the above and beyond support given by our tutors to our learners was noted, ‘ Tutors know their apprentices extremely well…Tutors expertly coach their apprentices to become reflective practitioners’. The report showed that our learners were professional and empathetic with the young people within their charge and for these values to be carried through to the next generation of PE workforce makes us all extremely proud.’

It has been a challenging couple of years and to receive this outstanding grade, truly represents a landmark for SFT and is a great way to celebrate their 10 year journey.

We continue to recruit schools and apprentices and to get the message out there that there are current Government Incentives of up to £4000 if a school recruits a new Apprentice- please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are an individual looking for a school’s placement or a school wanting to employ a new apprentice or upskill existing staff.

A copy of the report can be seen here:

10192233 – Sporting Futures Tra – 1278643 – Final

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