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 2019/20 we have been allocated £19,560 to spend on improving our PE provision at SSSJ. We are using our sports funding this year to:
- continue to embed and implement the PE schemes throughout the whole school, ensuring full coverage of the national curriculum.
- hire specialist PE coaches to teach the PE schemes, alongside our staff, as a valuable staff training programme.
- continue to build on the wide range of existing after school clubs we currently provide with a focus on KS1. This will provide the children with even more opportunities to participate in a wide range of sports and activities.
- 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 and easily accessible when PE is taught outside.
- continue to 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, looking into visits from local professional role models and through awards during celebration assemblies linked to inter and intra-competitions.
- identify courses to improve teaching staff’s knowledge and confidence in delivering PE.
- provide the Play Makers Award for a cohort.
- hold sports days across school to allow children to experience competitive sport and increase participation.
- increasing the physical activity levels across the school by introducing activities like the daily mile.
Year 6 Swimming Competency
Our year 6 pupils attend swimming lessons in June – once we have the results of the current school year we will publish the results.
National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety 2018/19 results:
- 76% of pupils could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- 50% of pupils could use a range of strokes effectively
- 74% of pupils could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations