Kicking over the Ladder

I've come to a decision to kick over the ladder. From my very first day in teaching a ladder was placed before me. The first rung of that ladder is the classroom teacher. Above that, the Middle Leadership rung, with its fork to either pastoral or academic responsibilities. One step further up is the Senior Leadership roles of … Continue reading Kicking over the Ladder

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 … Continue reading Intuition through silence

What the game is…

Over the last few years, the use of games based approaches have become my predominant method of teaching team sports to children. The shift in approach has been a positive experience both in teaching and learning, compared to that of a replication of isolated technique method. It fosters enjoyment, increases motivation to take part and be … Continue reading What the game is…

The beautiful risk of Physical Education

The beautiful risk of education, by Gert Biesta, has been one of the most challenging books I have read to date. To call it 'conceptually dense' is an understatement. The book is the culmination of over 10 years or more work from Biesta on developing his philosophy of education. By engaging with other philosophical works … Continue reading The beautiful risk of Physical Education

Teacher Tweaks by @PE4Learning

Simple tweaks for Core PE. Tweaks are simple fine adjustments but can lead to effective changes.  Here are three simple tweaks you may one to try. Tweak 1 - A test of changing room etiquette. The point of this one is to see how many of your students meet and greet you as they walk … Continue reading Teacher Tweaks by @PE4Learning

The War on Mediocrity

It's late and I can't sleep. Need to get this out so I can clear my mind. Its election season and I knew I shouldn't have read the news on the way to work this morning.  It is full of stupid political announcements designed purely for winning votes rather than improving education. I was in a positive … Continue reading The War on Mediocrity

Teach Meet: Standards and Expectations for 6th Form in academic subjects

This year as part of our new CPD provision we have a 10 minute Teach Meet once a month. This is by run by one teacher who shares their teaching practice with whoever attends, with a 5 minute Q and A at the end. The last session was on behaviour management with KS3 students. Today … Continue reading Teach Meet: Standards and Expectations for 6th Form in academic subjects


As a profession that invests a serious amount of emotion into our job I think highs and lows are a daily experience. I've been fortunate enough in my career to date to have many personal highs, but one stands out for me. In my first year of teaching at my current school I took over … Continue reading #teachinghighlight

Dissection of a school visit – (2) The execution

In my last post about my recent school visit I explained what I learnt to make it more effective. It's easily been one of the best things I've done for my own professional development. Having a focus on what I want to improve, seeing another school doing it, speaking to people about it and watching … Continue reading Dissection of a school visit – (2) The execution

The platitude of Tolerance

Before I start this post I think I need to state that I'm not anti-tolerance. However like my last post on the platitude of excellence, I think we might need to examine what it means. Nicky Morgan is saying we shouldn't shy away from promoting 'fundamental British Values' to the students within our school. Mutual … Continue reading The platitude of Tolerance