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 2017/18 we have been allocated £19,560 to spend on improving our PE provision at SSSJ. We are using our sports funding to:

* Embed and implement the new PE scheme throughout the whole school, based on the new national curriculum guidelines.

* Hire specialist PE coaches to teach the new PE scheme, 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.

* Train teaching staff to develop their confidence and knowledge in teaching.

* Build on the wide range of existing after schools we currently run by introducing new after school clubs. This will provide the children with even more opportunities to participate in a wide range of sports and activities such as tri-golf, self-defence and street dance.

* Replenish, update and add new resources and equipment ensuring high quality PE lessons are sustained. New equipment will also enable even more sports and activities to be delivered.

* Provide the children with opportunities to participate in internal and external sports competitions to increase participation in competitive sport.

* Raise the profile of PE by inviting different sporting companies into school for themed days and links to IPC topics.

* Hold sports days across school to allow children to experience competitive sport and increase participation.


Outline of PE Funding 2016/17Grant Summary 2016/17 


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.