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Physical Literacy: What is your flavour?

“Now what happens when you take a system apart, it loses all of its essential properties and therefore when you take a situation and by analysis reduce it to the problems of which it is composed you have lost all the essential properties of reality and essential properties of the parts.” – Russell Ackoff Physical […]

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The Joy of Kretchmar

Each one of us who joins #Physed Twitter is in search of something. For one it may be resources, for another, it is new ideas. Some come seeking a community of practice they don’t have in their own school. Others are not sure what they are seeking for so tend to lurk, waiting in hope, that […]

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Frames

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 […]

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Political Party Manifestos and Physical Activity

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 […]

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Personal Reflection

Bringing down the wall

My partner grew up in West Berlin, in a borough called Neukölln, which was part of the American Sector. When she was 14 the wall came down and she remembers that day vividly. It had a major impact on making her the beautifully complex woman she is today. The influx of Eastern Germans into her Gymnasium School, […]

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Unlocking Potential – A manifesto for PE and School Sport

On Wednesday 14th January the Youth Sports Trust launched Unlocking Potential – A manifesto for PE and School Sport. Who are the YST and what is a manifesto? The YST is an independent charity, started in 1995, which aims to support the development of young people through physical education. They implement quality physical education and sport programmes […]

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Curriculum PE Professional Development Teaching and Learning

PE Challenge No. 1

Happy New Year fellow teachers of PE. The new year is a time for resolutions and is full of grand new plans. Rather than formulate and implement those plans, why don’t you try a challenge instead? A challenge is a test of one’s abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking. Over the next 8 weeks, every weekend, I will offer you a challenge for the following […]

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Wellbeing

Inspired by Martyn Reah’s post on teacher wellbeing and the #Teacher5aday movement Wellbeing Last year was pretty tough. Accumulation of seven years of working non-stop, not forming any meaningful relationships outside of work and an unwillingness to say ‘no’ had finally taking its toll. Added to this I was no longer looking after my body, […]

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Curriculum PE

A curriculum for an Active and Healthy Lifestyle?

In a previous post I was discussing moving away from a PE Curriculum of doing to one of knowledge. Over the last two days my department has, as an academy, tried to design the full curriculum outcomes of what we want students to achieve through Year 7 to 11. This is what we came up […]

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‘Interventions’ to help develop a Healthy and Active Lifestyle.

Intervention Intervention seems to be the rage at the moment, at least it is a buzzword in my school. It stems from ensuring pupils make the required progress and meet targets set. As teachers we are supposed to know the current attainment level of our students and ensure our teaching gets the required amount of […]