Competence: Climbing Frames not Ladders

Ensuring children turn into adults who lead a healthy and active lifestyle is the Gordian Knot that PE teachers have a shared responsibility for solving. Part of the solution involves developing competence, but much of the debate about competence is binary. As explained in my last post, either it is everything, or it is nothing. As PE Teachers… Read More Competence: Climbing Frames not Ladders

The PE Playbook – January 2018 Edition

Blogger of the Month Stuart McMillan is a professional strength and conditioning coach who mainly focuses on working with sprint athletes. Stuart blogs at McMilliamSpeed on a wide range of topics; anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, philosophy,  leadership, psychology. The list goes on. What I like about Stuart is that he is willing to go beyond his own… Read More The PE Playbook – January 2018 Edition

Top 5s of 2017 – PE, Youth Sport and Personal Development

Life is ultimately absurd, but at the end of 2017, I have managed to find some professional and personal peace. A clear purpose and meaning in both, not in the global sense but a more local and individualised one is able to overcome where the absurd may lead. The betterment of myself for the betterment of… Read More Top 5s of 2017 – PE, Youth Sport and Personal Development


Recently I sat around a table with my old school friends discussing how rugby had and continues to enrich our lives. We exchanged opinions on a wide range of ideas that included building confidence, joyful memories, a sense of belonging, cultural capital that provided further opportunities, self-identity and preparing us to deal with the realities… Read More Frames

The PE Playbook – October 2017 Edition

Blogger of the Month Chris Beardsley is an independent researcher in Strength and Conditioning. His website Strength and Conditioning Research is full of excellent analysis of recent S & C articles however recently he has started blogging at SandCResearch on Medium where he promises to tell you how strength training works. As someone who is more and more… Read More The PE Playbook – October 2017 Edition