Students on the pitch

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

Young adults playing handball

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

a photo of the students on the pitch

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

A photo of the stuidents in the seminar

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

The students in the gym - some of them in wheelchairs

Inclusive Practice in Physical Education

Trainee PE teachers experienced an inclusive practice workshop run in association with Albion in the Community.

The workshop covered both theoretical and practical aspects of teaching pupils with additional learning needs.  The aim of the day was to give trainee teachers of physical education a greater understanding of more inclusive approaches to teaching physical education.

The day consisted of awareness training related to teaching pupils with hearing impairments, using sign language, and guiding pupils with sight impairments. Read More

Gildredge House logo whioch has the words on a burgundey background and a colourful shield shape

Gildredge House School Team Building Event

Trainee physical education teachers organised a team building event for Gildredge House school as part of their course.

140 Year 7 pupils took part in a series of ice-breaking games, trust games, team building exercises, decision making and problem solving activities throughout the day held on the Eastbourne campus. A pupil-centered teaching approach through the processes of planning, performing and evaluating is used to develop practical knowledge and understanding. Read More

The group of PE trainee teachers in the gym

Tchouckball and VX Rockitball

PGCE and School Direct PE students were introduced to a new and innovative non-contact invasion game which is sweeping across the country and gaining popularity amongst pupils in secondary school PE lessons.

Tchouckball is a game that was invented in Switzerland. It is played on an indoor court and is a combination of handball and volleyball. The name comes from the ‘tchouk’ sound of the ball rebounding from a Tchouckball frame. Read More

The students street surfing in one of the Eastbourne campus gyms.

Street surfing

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education trainee teachers were introduced to the new craze sweeping across the UK when they took part in a street surfing workshop as part of the induction programme.

Many young people are physically active out of school engaging in activity on wheels such as mountain biking, BMX biking, skateboarding, in-line skating, street surfing and micro-scootering. Yet very few schools have recognised this as a means to increase pupils activity levels and tend to ignore the potential of introducing these activities into their physical education lessons. Read More

students and school pupils taking part in a dance activity

Inclusive Sports Festival

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education and Dance students took part in a whole day of inclusive sport and physical activity with pupils from schools in East Sussex.

The emphasis of the day was on equity and inclusion within the secondary school physical education and dance curriculum. The day comprised of activities such as Boccia, sit-down volleyball, parachute games, new-age kurling and goalball as well as Dance activities.

The day was a challenging experience as trainee had to plan for pupils with a range of complex learning needs. Read More

Students playing sit down volley ball

Disability sport awareness training

Trainee physical education took part in disability sport awareness training as part of their course induction.

The students learnt about the games of Boccia, sit-down volleyball, new age kurling, goal ball and parachute games. The emphasis of the day was on equity and inclusion in physical education and the training was designed to help trainees have a secure understanding of how a range of factors can inhibit pupils’ ability to learn, and how best to overcome these. Read More