PE is in a state of crisis or so social critical theorists would have us believe. David Kirk believes that physical education is in crisis because the ‘dominant practice of physical education as ‘sport-techniques’ is resistant to change’. Andrew Hawkins believes that ‘philosophical dispositions and societal trends are conspiring to rob our profession of its… Read More Physical Education: The Antidote or the Poison?
A couple of weeks ago, Edutopia published an article entitled 5 Fun Gym Games to Get Kids Moving. I found the subsequent commentary on the article, mainly via Twitter, absolutely fascinating. Whilst I could understand many of the points made from a range of perspectives, the conversations around the article made me consider how I’ve changed my thinking about… Read More The Bad and The Best
The parts of our PE curriculum that I find the most difficult to teach are establishing behaviours for movement (Affective Domain) and finding meaning in movement. Whilst basic sports psychology may have the potential answers for the former, I continue to struggle with the latter as it isn’t one that can be taught. It isn’t… Read More Movement Culture
I have spent quite a bit of time recently thinking, reading and talking about physical literacy. Going back to the literature, being involved in a research project, through a online forum and then further thoughts being prompted by Nathan Horne’s and Shane Pill’s recent blog posts on the topic. Physical Literacy certainly is gaining traction both… Read More Physical Literacy Meditations
Just under three years ago I attended the Wellington College Festival of Education and heard Sir Michael Wilshaw give a speech about reclaiming comprehensives. The speech was to to launch ‘Going the extra mile: excellence in competitive school sport‘, which was an OFSTED report looking into the educational background of those who participate in sports at… Read More Goodwill
At the end of July this year, Tracey Crouch, along with the DMCS, opened a consultation with all significant bodies, parties and indviduals to develop a new sporting strategy. The findings along with the proposed strategy was released on Thursday 17th December: Sporting Future – A New Strategy for an Active Nation. The key headlines from… Read More Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation
My ability to predict future events is pretty poor. I tend to go with my gut instinct rather than work things through logically. However after this week at work, I feel something frightful and calamitous maybe brewing. A combination of different pieces of the puzzle have fallen in place to make me think that if… Read More Is the PPSP creating a Perfect Storm of Inactivity?
Today, Tracey Crouch along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have released their consultation document for a new strategy for sport. This doesn’t happen very often. The last broad strategy for sport, ‘Game Plan’, was released 13 years ago. If you have a vested interest in movement, physical activity, health and wellbeing, Physical… Read More A new strategy for Sport – A consultation
Who are ukactive? This week ukactive released a report regarding its findings from a recent piece of research and its recommendations. However let us start with who ukactive are. They refer to themselves as a ‘not-for-profit body comprised of members and partners from across the UK active lifestyle sector’. Originally formed in 1991 as Fitness Industry Associaton, they… Read More Generation Inactive
With the 2015 General Election fast approaching the main political parties have now produced their manifestos. Whilst physical activity rightly shouldn’t be a main policy or one that decides my own vote, I am interested to see how something of personal importance to me is communicated within their manifestos. Using a simple ‘find word’ function on the… Read More Political Party Manifestos and Physical Activity