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Leading Sport in Small Independent Schools

A Sector-Specific Seminar for Heads of PE and Directors of Sport in small schools

Leading Sport in Small Independent Schools

Smaller independent schools face unique challenges in delivering sport. Parents' expectations of the independent sector can be difficult to satisfy with limited resources. Team games present a challenge with lower numbers. This seminar considers how school can create and delver stimulating modern programmes to meet the needs of pupils of all abilities. It is suitable for schools with pupils of all age ranges and for both co-educational and single sex schools. 

  • The challenges of sport in small independent schools
  • Managing expectations and considering possibilities
  • Meeting asymmetric sector expectations
  • Team games and individual activities
  • Dealing with mixed abilities
  • Front end differentiation
  • Creative approaches to competition
  • Developing positive personal qualities through sport
  • Challenging the most able
  • Remedial interventions
  • Establishing a culture of health and fitness
  • Identifying the benefits of small schools
  • The advantages and disadvantages of a weekend programme
  • Proactive public relations: managing the website


1 place £179 2 places £299 4 places £499

Seminar runs 10.00am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and notes. Excludes VAT.


Neil Rollings

Neil was in charge of rugby at four independent schools over a 21 year career, including 10 years as Head Coach at Sedbergh.  He also coached North Schools and England Schools’ President’s XV.  He now advises independent schools on the development of sports coaching programmes, and is a member of the RFU Technical Advisory Group


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