PE & Sport Premium

PE & Sport Premium for Primary Schools

The Government is spending over £450 million to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils.

At SS Simon and Jude we believe that sport and PE are extremely important to the physical health and emotional wellbeing of our children. We are dedicated to raising standards in PE and ensuring that more children are becoming more active and engaged in sports. We strongly feel that a fun, varied and competitive PE curriculum and extra-curricular sporting activities have a positive influence on all children and provides a great baseline for an active and healthy future.

In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport. This funding is to be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE. Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

For the year 2016/17 we have been allocated £9,785 to spend on improving our PE provision at SSSJ. We are using our sports funding to:

* Hire specialist PE coaches (Tim Rees of Rees Sports, Total Gymnastics and Bolton Wanderers Community Trust) to teach a full and wide PE curriculum, based on the new National Curriculum guidelines, alongside our staff, as a valuable staff training programme.

* Teach children all the essential skills they need - to be able to take part in competitive sports and games - in each area of the PE curriculum - this year we are particularly focusing on gymnastics.

* Train teaching staff and help them become more confident and knowledgeable in teaching PE.

* Trial a new PE scheme in year 3 and train a member of staff in Key Stage 1 by sending them on a course based on this PE scheme to trial the scheme later on in the year.

* Cater to the most gifted and talented children at our school. Each week, Tim Rees holds an after school club for the most talented children in Key Stage two, in both football and cricket, with the view to coaching them in smaller groups, ready to take part in more school tournaments.

* Run internal and external sports competitions. Each Friday, children will take part in fun tournaments, covering a range of sports and games.

* Hold sports days across school.

* Run a wide range of sporting extra-curricular activities. This year we will have various sporting clubs such as: dodgeball, dance and fitness, rugby, multi-skills, football, rounders, netball, hockey and cricket.


Grant Summary 2014/15

Grant Summary 2015/16


You can find out more about PE and Sport Premium Funding on the Department for Education website


Our visit from Beth Tweddle

As part of our sports funding for the year 2015/16 we invested in gymnastics coaching from Total Gymnastics Company (which Beth Tweddle owns). Due to this, we had the fantastic opportunity to have Beth herself visit our school and lead an assembly - telling us all about her amazing journey to success and her involvement in the Olympic Games. Prior to this visit, we researched all about Beth and watched clips of her in action - as she is a brilliant role model and a perfect example of someone who has made a massive contribution to Great Britain and our sporting history.

In her talk, Beth told us all about the different gymnastic equipment that gymnasts use, how hard she trained to reach her level of success, and the fact that she never gave up and stayed resilient and disciplined. She even told us that they could have free Mcdonalds whenever they wanted during the Olympics, however they weren't allowed to eat it as they needed to keep a strict healthy diet!

All children and staff were very excited about the visit and couldn't wait to see her in person, and afterwards, we all felt very inspired as we were faced with someone who has achieved all their dreams through working extremely hard and never giving up. The children still talk about her visit. They even took home her autograph - which is a very treasured item to them. Who knows, the future Beth Tweddle may even come from SS Simon and Judes - watch this space!



"I learnt that to be a gymnast, you need to train for 30 hours a week. I felt really excited when Beth came in because I've never seen a girl gymnast before in my life. I think that our gymnastics lessons with Theo are great because we've learnt lots of new things like jumps and rolls, and it is really fun." Darsh

"I loved it when Beth came to SSSJ because she is so famous and she told us more about herself and how it felt to be an Olympic medalist! What better feeling than having an Olympic medalist standing before your eyes?" Yusuf                        



"When Beth Tweddle came in, it was one of the best things that has ever happened to me because I love gymnastics and hopefully one day I can become the next Beth Tweddle! I was ecstatic! This was a lifetime opportunity and I hope to meet her again." Lucy

"I felt really excited when Beth came in because I had never seen her in real life and I also learnt that men gymnasts have more obstacles and equipment than the women. If I want to be a gymnast when I grow up, I have to keep on trying and being resilient" Zainab

"Beth told us all about how she became such an amazing gymnast. She spoke to us about how much and what type of equipment gymnasts use in the Olympics and where she had got to compete. The day was an opportunity of a lifetime!" Georgia Millie


For the newspaper report on Beth's visit please see the Bolton News website.