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Curriculum PE

Guest Post: ‘All about that baseline’ – a fresh look at purposeful testing for students.

This is a guest post from Jenny Beck, a Head of PE of a girls school in London, sharing her thinking and approach to baseline assessment within core Physical Education. Why Baseline Data Test in PE? Nothing can be assumed about the fundamental motor skills of pupils entering secondary school. My own experience has revealed […]

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Personal Reflection School Sport

Through their eyes

I was going to blog on withdrawal from school sport as a possible sanction, but today something occurred that I have to get off my chest. Saturday morning school sport is one of the most rewarding elements of my job. My U13 team had just finished up the last game of the season and instead […]

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Curriculum PE

A models based approach to PE: TGfU

My last ‘models based approached to PE’ showed how we had implemented Sport Education into our KS4 Curriculum with a particular focus on developing student leadership. This post will focus on showing how we have implemented a Teaching Games for Understanding approach to introducing Year 7s to rugby. Why did we adopt a TGfU? In […]

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Professional Development

Transforming CPD

Shaun Ellison wrote in his excellent book – Perfect Teacher Led CPD – ‘A school is only ever as good as its teachers.’ However it seems to me that people outside of the classroom, but have a huge control over what they think education should be, seem to forget this. Education it seems is always […]

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Academic PE

Common practice of successful departments

Common practice of successful departments: There are 4 exceptional departments in my school, and by exceptional I’m referring to exam results. Year on year with different cohorts they exceed expectations and deliver what can only be described as outstanding results and value added. Over the course of the last 2 weeks I have spoken to the HoD’s […]

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Personal Reflection

Learning from a ranting blog post.

I’ve reached a cross roads in my teaching career. I’ve been teaching for 12 years and I’ve either got to fully embrace the profession, look to develop my weaknesses and become a better teacher or I need to leave. I started blogging last month to share my thoughts, help me reflect on my practice and […]

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School Sport

A teachers concept of coaching youth sport.

At school we regularly communicate with both students and parents about how we want them to behave at competitive school fixtures. We do this through weekly email updates, a Departmental Twitter account, articles in the Head’s newsletter, school assemblies and just generally talking to both sets of groups about our ethos and expectations. The internet […]