School Sport Partnership


The Gateshead School Sport Partnership co-ordinate activities and facilitate collaboration amongst our schools, their clusters and key partners. Our vision is for all school age (4-19) children and young people in Gateshead to experience and enjoy high quality Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport (PEPASS), building the foundations for an active and healthy lifestyle.

Service features

  • Deliver an extensive and inclusive competition and events programme, providing a depth and range of opportunities above and beyond those provided as part of the national School Games programme.
  • Offer a quality assured School Sport Coaching service, tailored to meet individual school needs whilst ensuring strong participation and performance pathways for all our young people.
  • Provide an annual calendar of high quality training, support and professional development for teachers, ASLs and young leaders.

Benefits of using our service

  • Affiliating to the School Sport Partnership enables schools, teachers, ASL and young people to benefit from the high quality opportunities, guidance, professional development, resources and programmes that we provide.
  • Our dedicated team have significant experience in this sector with an unrivalled reputation at both local and national level as a high performing organisation, receiving several national awards and accolades.
  • By selecting the School Sport Partnership services you gain access to staff with specialist skills and significant and extensive local knowledge of schools and their staff, local people and their communities.
  • Governed by schools for schools.

Key Account Manager

Andrew Carr

Administration Officer

0191 4338697



PE and sport premium conditions of grant 2016 to 2017 (Updated 27 October 2016):

PE and sport premium allocations and conditions of grant for the 2016 to 2017 academic year can be found here. Information regarding how much PE and sport premium funding primary schools receive in the academic year 2016 to 2017 and advice on how to spend it has been published here. The breakdown of funding for the academic year 2016 to 2017 is available by following this link.

Ofsted inspections: Ofsted assesses how primary schools spend their PE and sport premium. You can find details of what inspectors look for in the ‘Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015’. Read the section on ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’.

Online reporting
You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding on your school’s website. The Gateshead School Sport Partnership (GSSP) can provide help and guidance with this process.

Get advice
Visit Sports Coach UK’s ‘coaching in primary schools toolkit‘ for advice on employing sports coaches for your school and for guidance on the activities sports coaches can help you with.

Watch short films on the Sport England website for more advice on using the PE and sport premium effectively. Sport England produced these films in collaboration with the Association for Physical Education, the Youth Sport Trust, County Sports Partnership Network, Sports Coach UK and Compass.

Schools should publish the amount of premium received; a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent); what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future. Schools should also consider how their use of the premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle.

The premium must be spent by schools on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

The Secretary of State does not consider the following expenditure as falling within the scope of additional or sustainable improvement:

The Primary PE and Sport Premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

The Department for Education commissioned afPE and the YST to create a national template which has been updated to include swimming data. Head teachers, Governors and Subject Leaders will be able to use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are compliant.

You can find national tools to help you measure and report on the impact of your spend. Alternatively GSSP provide both a template and personal help and support to all Premium SLA Members as an inclusive element of your membership package.

Government launches sports strategy: Sporting Future – A New Strategy for an Active Nation

Download the government’s sport strategy: Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation.

You will find details of how this cross-government strategy aims to impact on Children and Young People in Section 6.3 (p32-36). Some of the strategies within this section are already being implemented in and through the Gateshead School Sport Partnership. We will keep schools updated regarding the implementation of all relevant sections of this government strategy and how this impacts on our schools and their young people. GSSP will provide all member schools with continued help, support and guidance with the implementation of all applicable strategy elements as and when they are announced by the Government.

Government launches their long awaited Childhood obesity: a plan for action

The government’s plan for action to significantly reduce childhood obesity by supporting healthier choices can be found here. We will keep schools updated regarding the implementation of all relevant sections of this government strategy and how this impacts on our schools and their young people. GSSP will provide all member schools with continued help, support and guidance with the implementation of all applicable strategy elements as and when they are announced by the Government.

All Party Group Launches ‘Most Comprehensive Blueprint For PE For A Generation’

The All Party Parliamentary Group on A Fit and Healthy Childhood has launched its sixth report and Co-Chair, Baroness (Floella) Benjamin has hailed it as ‘the most comprehensive blueprint for PE for a generation.’

The status of physical education in schools needs a “radical shake-up” and it should be valued in the same way as core academics subjects, a report says.

A study by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood says PE has for too long been the “Cinderella subject” in UK schools. Click to view the full article courtesy of the BBC and to download a copy of the report.

Children’s champion, Baroness Benjamin claimed that PE was ‘the missing link’ in the crusade to promote the health and wellbeing of children and to combat the scourge of overweight and obesity. She said:

‘The long term adverse effects of obesity and overweight in childhood are now generally recognised and people as well as organisations from all walks of life realise that failing to tackle it is not an option. The need to combine sport with the knowledge of good nutrition and a healthy diet is now understood. But even though pockets of excellent practice exist, the importance of physical literacy has been largely disregarded, and this has to change for the sake of the nation’s long term future. So we hope that the proposals in our report will mark a new start for PE and that they will prompt a serious review of the way it is taught so that all children can participate and experience the lifelong benefits to health.’

The report examines:

  • The ways in which PE is taught in the four home nations and in other countries
  • Ways in which girls can be encouraged to participate in PE
  • The role of PE in the National Curriculum
  • PE as part of a health and wellbeing matrix, including knowledge of good nutrition, sport and play
  • An inclusive PE curriculum for disabled children
  • The role of modern technology in the teaching of PE
  • Personalised programmes for children in PE so that they can work at their own pace.

Lead author, Helen Clark said that the publication of the report was both urgent and timely and hoped that it would be helpful to policy-makers:

‘It is time for PE to come out of the shadows and take centre-stage in policies to promote the health and wellbeing of children from birth onwards,’ she said.

Budget 2016: some of the things the government announced in this Budget have potential for transformational change:

Budget announcements that were first published in March 2016 will see significant further investment in PE and school sport. It was confirmed that the dedicated funding for sport in primary schools, paid for by a levy on sugary drinks, will be doubled.

Soft drinks companies will pay a levy on drinks with added sugar from April 2018. This will be used to double the primary PE and sport premium (the additional money schools have to spend on PE and sports) to £320 million a year.

The other pertinent announcement that has the potential for this transformational change in PE and school sport is the provision of funding for a longer school day for 25% of secondary schools. 25% of secondary schools will be able to opt in to a longer school day from September 2017 so that they can offer a wider range of activities for pupils. There will be up to £285 million a year to pay for this. It would be hoped that our secondary schools will consider incorporating additional sporting activities as part of the programme of wider activities in their extended school day.

A direct link to these budget announcements can be found here.

Sport England releases School Games report

Sport England has announced the findings and recommendations of its review of the School Games, which was completed with support from the Youth Sport Trust and other partners.

This review considers the future of the School Games, which was created in 2010 to boost competitive sport in schools and is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust. The School Games is an exciting, fully inclusive competition for school children in England.

The review considered the future priorities for the Games and how to maximise impact upon the five strategic outcomes set out in the Government’s Sporting Future strategy and the aims of Sport England’s strategy, Towards an Active Nation. This review concluded that the School Games are well placed to make a strong contribution towards the new Sport England strategy, ‘Towards an active nation’. Further details and an executive summary of this report can be found here.

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