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A compendium of ‘winning’ thoughts

For most of my life I believed the main point of being involved in youth sport was winning. “If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” This was definitely my thinking as a child, which continued to shape my thinking and approach, both as a teacher and a coach. Perhaps this was because I was in […]

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School Sport

Sports Day – A traditional approach

Sports Day is a highlight of the school calendar. It is a time for celebration, of competition and of bringing the whole school together in something other than the pursuit of academic success. If done well it can build a sense of belonging and place within the school, aspire students to take up athletics or […]

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Curriculum PE Personal Reflection

A decade of change

My 100th post slipped me by unnoticed, so for my 101st I thought I would touch upon and bring together some of my previous thoughts: Introducing myself to the head of French on my first day of school I say, “I’m the new PE teacher”. Her response is to point to the other side of the staff room […]

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School Sport

The dying breed of the academic sports coach

What’s an academic sports coach? This is what I would call a teacher, from outside the PE Department, who runs a competitive sports team. (PE colleagues, I’m not saying we aren’t academic teachers, but it’s how I make the distinction. If you know of a better way to describe a teacher who coaches then please […]

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School Sport

Why I miss the School Sports Partnership – a secondary school perspective.

Please bear in mind this is a personal and anecdotal view. The current PE and Sport Premium for Primary School is getting a lot of positive press at the moment and perhaps it should. However from my point of view things have changed greatly with the new funding and I’m not sure for the best. The […]