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Values-based teaching and learning in Physical Education

The univerity’s PGCE and School Direct trainee physical education teachers were introduced to values-based teaching and learning as part of their university-based studies.

The students worked with 70 year seven pupils from Hayesbrook School in Kent and applied the Football for Peace (F4P) methodology through a series of physical activities aimed to promote values such as equity and inclusion, respect, trust, and responsibility.  The trainees also focused on an holistic approach to the teaching of young people through a specific pedagogical model designed to promote emotional well-being, personal development and responsible citizenship. Read More

Profesor Yannis Pitsiladis in the labs

World recognition for University research to beat the cheats

A gene test developed at the University of Brighton to catch doping cheats could be introduced at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has announced.

Instead of looking for traces of illegal drugs in urine and blood samples, Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, the University’s Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, has researched RNA or Ribonucleic acid which together with DNA and proteins are essential for all forms of life.

And he has discovered drugs can leave a tell-tale signature in RNA. Read More

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How mixed-sex team games could reduce physical education injuries

Mixed-sex team games such as korfball and handball are examples of sports that can be taught in secondary schools without the need for physical contact, says a University of Brighton academic.

Dr Gary Stidder of the School of Sport and Service Management put forward this notion in the light of recent research into the safety and wellbeing of pupils in physical education school lessons.

A range of modified team games designed to eliminate direct contact with opponents have recently been introduced to PGCE and School Direct trainee teachers of physical education.

Dr Stidder believes that these new team games are timely, and will help to bring about a shift in the way that pupils in schools view sport. He said: “Physical education is not synonymous with sport. They are two completely different things.” Read More

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Rugby and netball stars up for awards

The University’s Men’s Rugby Union 1st Team and a Netball Club member have been nominated for top sporting awards.

The rugby team is shortlisted for the Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP Team of Year in the Sussex Sports Awards 2019, hosted by Active Sussex, and presented at Brighton’s Hilton Metropole Hotel on 22 November.

Also being presented on the night will be the University of Brighton Young Volunteer of the Year award for which there are three nominees: Bobby Williams (Hailsham Cricket Club), Kaleigh Pavitt (Hailsham Cricket Club and East Dean Cricket Club), and McKenzie Howell (University of Brighton Netball Club). Read More

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F4P International Festival

Over 100 children from secondary schools around Sussex took part in the Football 4 Peace annual festival which took place last month. The festival was the culmination and finale of a week’s long training camp for potential recruits to the programme.

The University’s Football 4 Peace (F4P) programme, which has operated in Israel, Palestine, Northern and Republic of Ireland, The Gambia, South Korea, Colombia and South Africa since 2001, uses football to help resolve conflict between communities. The festival provided opportunities for new recruits to apply the methodology and put theory into practice with children aged 11 – 12. Read More

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FA Secondary Teachers’ Award

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education trainee teachers gained the English Football Association Teachers award after completing a six hour workshop.

The qualification is specifically designed for teachers for teaching football as part of a physical education curriculum. It provides a basic introduction to the knowledge and skills required to deliver football sessions at Key Stage 3 and/or Key Stage 4 levels predominantly in a practical-based schedule. It also covers the principles of invasion games, planning units of learning and modifying activities and game-related practices. Read More

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Podcast: Catching up with Harvey Ells

In the latest podcast, the course leader of our new Nutrition BSc talks about what students can expect from the degree.

Harvey also discusses his professional background in the food industry, his research into various aspects of retail and why we all need to change our dietary habits.

Listen to the podcast by clicking ‘play’ in the link below. Alternatively, most of the interview is transcribed on this page.

You can listen to all University of Brighton podcasts on Spotify, Apple and many other podcast apps. Read More

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Restorative justice in schools

University of Brighton graduate Neil Davie returned as a guest speaker to present a seminar on behaviour management to trainee physical education teachers.

Neil graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007 and is now Deputy Head Teacher of College Central, a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) based in East Sussex. He was able share his experience of using restorative approaches to behaviour management. Read More

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Lewes lesson for sport journalism students

Three University of Brighton sport journalism students were invited to cover a Lewes FC Women’s match as part of an initiative to combat inequality in football.

Final-year students Shania Bedi and Jessica Watkins and second-year student Daniella Challis worked alongside industry professionals in Lewes’s Women’s Championship match against Leicester City, developing their skills in videography, presenting, photography and commentary. Jessica and Daniella were on commentary and interview duty, while Shania wrote a match report that was published in The Argus. Read More

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A Brighton peace programme could tackle football racism

The University of Brighton’s groundbreaking peace-through-football initiative should be adopted by football’s governing bodies to tackle the kind of “appalling” racism witnessed in the Bulgaria-England UEFA EURO qualifier.

That’s the view of Dr Gary Stidder, Principal Lecturer  and Co-Founder and Deputy Director of Football 4 Peace which aims to help resolve conflict between communities through football.

He said: “In the wake of the appalling scenes in Sofia and the racist behaviour of home fans towards English footballers there is no better time to address coach, supporter and teacher education through values-based programmes such as Football 4 Peace. Read More