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School Sport

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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Curriculum PE Personal Reflection

The Outstanding PE Teacher

Guest Post from Gareth @Coach_Teach_Gaz The Outstanding PE Teacher “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”, a quote from Benjamin Franklin that has remained within my thoughts and philosophy since undertaking my undergraduate degree, and one that I stand by during teaching. Like most PE Staff […]

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School Sport

A teacher’s approach to refereeing rugby

In the last week I have refereed 6 competitive games of school rugby. After each game I have had opposition parents or staff kindly (stabbing their finger into my chest with raised voices) share their opinion (now if they could just allow me off the pitch before they do this) of the standard of my refereeing […]

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Personal Reflection Professional Development

Three wise monkeys of research

Initially there were no monkeys. Just a proverb which focused on being good of mind, speech and of action. The monkeys themselves originated in Japan on a play on words of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. The pronunciation of the words was the same as the names of three monkeys. The […]

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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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Personal Reflection

The Health and Wellbeing of a (PE) Teacher

At the end of the last academic year I was standing on a precipice. I was overweight, was suffering from insomnia and was developing anxiety when going to work. I was one step away from ending my teaching career and handing in my resignation. Work had become an unhealthy obsession where every waking moment and even […]

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Personal Reflection

Full to Empty

Monday 6th September – Friday 24th October Preseason training Exam analysing Meet and greeting Lesson delivering Pupil learning? Policy updating Alumni engaging Risk assessing Pool closing Curriculum re-planning Ankle spraining Whole school assembly taking Referee booking Tutor timing Tour meeting Charity working Emotion managing Staff room meeting Report writing Tournament running UCASing First Aid giving […]