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Curriculum PE

Advocate

Advocate. A person who publicly supports, champions and recommends a particular cause. In the last few months I have increasingly seen and heard that we should be an advocate for PE. Both in the online and the real world space that I exist in. In a recent twilight CPD session we were encouraged to actively […]

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Curriculum PE

4 domains of learning in Physical Education – Refined 

  18 months on from my initial post about the different domains of learning in PE and my thinking on them has been refined. I am aware that once you accept a ‘theory’ and then use it to make decisions it becomes difficult to find fault and challenge it. It can lead to ‘theory blindness’, […]

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Curriculum PE

Trying to overcome Loss Aversion in PE

I felt my frustration rising. I had watched this group for a while now. There was a lack of willingness to put in any meaningful effort into the task. All the individuals in the group were not working at a level that was needed for learning to occur, let alone just get some benefit from physical activity. At […]

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Curriculum PE

Where is the value in fun?

Essentially I believe Physical Education to be about the learning of movement and all things associated with movement. For that learning to occur I believe we need to help students find the value in movement rather than just the fun in it. This post is an attempt to clarify my thinking behind why I favour […]

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Curriculum PE

Assessment without levels – update

In August last year I wrote about the proposed assessment without levels model that we were going to try within the department. This post is an update. The scoring system in the original post was dropped pretty much immediately as it was felt it was a replication of levels which we wanted to try and […]

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Curriculum PE School Sport

Intuition through silence

The communication we use as a PE Teachers or sports coaches can shape the behaviour of our students. Our four main methods of communication within PE are instruction, feedback, questions and silence. They all have their uses and contexts, but silence is a powerful and underused tool, one I have been trying to better understand […]

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Curriculum PE

The physical and beyond.

What are the educational outcomes of PE? Is it solely about the physical, or should we have a wider set of learning outcomes for our subject? When I asked other PE teachers to describe their best student there was a range of answers, however the physical outcomes were distinctly missing and this made me worry that […]

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Personal Reflection Teaching and Learning

Mosston, Ashworth and me.

I was first introduced to both Mosston and Ashworth in October 2001 at St. Luke’s. It was Will, the head of the course, who made those intial introductions, but they seemed to be friends of everyone involved in the training of teachers of Physical Education. I could see why some of my peers found it […]

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Curriculum PE

Does PE really develop Team Work? 

We seem at times to be always justifying Physical Education’s place within a school’s curriculum. With such a focus on numerical outcomes, learning ‘in’, ‘through’ and ‘about’ movement just doesn’t seem to carry much weight at the moment. As if a holistic view of education in school might be such a terrible thing. So in response […]

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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 […]