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Professional Development Teaching and Learning

The Challenge of Teaching PE

I’ve always liked a quote that is attributed* to William Butler Yeats, ‘education is not about filling a bucket but lighting a fire‘.  This has suggested to me that there is going to be an element of risk within education. If you stay in teaching long enough you can end up on auto-pilot. You start going […]

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Academic PE Curriculum PE School Sport Teaching and Learning

PE Challenge No. 8

Over 8 weeks, every weekend, I will offer you a challenge for the following week. These challenges will come from other teachers, researchers, academics and coaches and take on different formats. You can try one, try the ones you like, or try them all. The hope is that it will stimulate thought about your practice, […]

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Personal Reflection

Hurry up and Slow down.

Rupert Murdock once said ‘the world is changing fast, big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.’ In sport I suppose he has a point. Others have embraced his thoughts through the modernisation of sport. T20 cricket and the International Premier Tennis League are two recent examples of this, […]

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Curriculum PE

Evidence of progress in practical core PE

The issue There seems to be a worrying rise of the need of physical evidence to back up a teachers judgement in the progress of practical PE. I have just written a long ranting post about this. It was born out of frustration from what I’m seeing on twitter, conversations with PE teachers in other […]

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Teaching and Learning

TLC – Verbal Feedback (2)

This year I have joined a TLC at school with a focus on Verbal Feedback. In my last post I talked about where my reading and thoughts about verbal feedback were leading me. More than anything in PE, the ability to be critically reflective is one that is going to help improve performance. Whilst I’m […]

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Curriculum PE

Progress in PE is never linear

As usual, my school being quite traditional, is waiting on what other schools are doing with KS 3 assessment. Therefore we are continuing our misguided practice of levels with sub levels. A number of HODs, including myself, have been saying this is the chance to design something that is specific to the children we have […]

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Curriculum PE

‘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 […]

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Curriculum PE

Do you baseline assess in PE?

With KS 3 Level Assessment and Descriptors set to disappear and a free for all to begin this maybe a moot point. However SLT, Middle leaders, Parents, Children, Teachers and of course OFSTED all want to see some sort of progress no matter what system you might have in place.   Why do we baseline […]