A unique coaching experience for PE with QTS student

Third year Physical Education BA(Hons) with QTS student, Jake Hutson, was offered an opportunity to coach professional cricket in Hong Kong – an offer he couldn’t refuse!

Jake Hutson offering feedback to domestic player Jason Lui during a net session.

Due to his extensive experience of the short format, Jake was presented with the opportunity to take on the role of Junior Assistant Coach at one of the five franchises competing at this year’s HKT20 Blitz. With tremendous support from the University of Brighton, Jake was granted two weeks leave to accept the role of what could only be a described as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Continue reading

Alternative Physical Education Documentary Film

A documentary film written and directed by principal lecturer, Dr Gary Stidder, highlights the value of alternative physical education.

The film was made to highlight the teaching and learning of ‘alternative’ physical activities within physical education lessons whilst providing an example of good practice and a way forward for the training of physical education teachers.

The film explores the suitability of ‘alternative’ physical activities and how pupils and physical education teachers responded to the activities they experienced during an alternative physical education day sponsored by The Compact Plus Programme Continue reading

Hat-full of medals

Five of the seven University of Brighton students who took part in the recent British Universities and College Students nationals came home with medals.

Physical Education PGCE student Elise Lovell took gold, Joey Watson and Jess Gordon-Brown collected silver, and Holly Turner and Tegan Walsh won bronze.

The university had entries in the Badminton, Swimming, Karate, Athletics, Judo, Fencing and Trampolining categories during the events in Sheffield.

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PE Students Get to Grips with Martial Arts

PGCE and School Direct PE students returned to the university having completed the first of their two 12 week school placements and took part in a martial arts lecture with Dr Alex Channon.

The lecture was both theoretical and practical and aimed to expose students to alternative possibilities within the PE curriculum at secondary schools and how the teaching of martial arts can improve young people’s self-concept and confidence, and develop physical literacy. Continue reading

Trainee PE teachers run orienteering festival

On 7 February 50 pupils from Peacehaven Community School took part in an orienteering festival run by PGCE and School Direct trainee PE teachers at the School of Sport and Service Management in Eastbourne.

The Year 10s learning objectives and outcomes from the event were in line with the GCSE Orienteering assessment criteria; success is judged on how efficiently and safely challenges were overcome in activities such as orienteering, using walking or running, navigational exercises and problem solving. Continue reading

On a winning run

A School of Sport and Service Management teaching student produced her personal best to help Great Britain to success in an international meet.

Elise Lovell, a Hastings Athletic Club heptathlete, recorded PBs in four events to help GB’s senior women finish runners-up in the Combined Events International Indoor Match against the Czech Republic, France, Poland and Spain in Prague.

Elise, studying for our Physical Education PGCE, started in athletics at the age of six and later, while at Helenswood School in Hastings, she cleared the long jump pit. Her PE teacher Jane Dallaway spotted Elise’s talent and guided her to Hastings Athletics Club. Continue reading

Trainee PE Teachers engage in A-level PE conference

PGCE and School Direct PE students attended a one day conference on 3 February that addressed the teaching of post-16 accredited PE courses.

Attempts to establish the academic credentials of physical education have existed in debates amongst professionals for well over 20 years but it has now become standard practice to teach theoretical principals through physical activities as part of accredited PE programmes in schools.

A-level PE is now the fourteenth most popular A-level subject out of 35; with the school leaving age now at 18 many PE teachers will be required to teach A-level PE to pupils aged16-19.

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Local schools attend alternative physical education day

One hundred and fifty pupils from nine schools across East and West Sussex attended an alternative physical education day as part of the university’s widening participation programme, Compact Plus. The event took place at the School of Sport and Service Management, on the university’s Eastbourne campus, on 2 February.

Pupils worked with PGCE and School Direct trainee teachers of physical education and experienced five alternative physical activities throughout the day. They included:

  • alternative team games that depart from or challenge traditional norms and are considered to be non-traditional in a UK context such as Kin-ball and ultimate frisbee
  • artistic and aesethic activities that are creative and involve a combination of movements that require precision, fluency and control such as cheerleading
  • athletic and aerobic activities that require physical skill, agility and stamina such as street surfing – the PE teachers secret weapon!
  • adventurous activities that require precise problem solving and decision making skills such as team building exercises and trust games

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The Really Useful PE Book

book-coverTwo School of Sport and Service Management academics have published their fourth edited book with Routledge.

Dr Gary Stidder and Sid Hayes have released The Really Useful Physical Education Book: Learning and Teaching across the 11 – 16 age range with contributions from 16 other University of Brighton PE, dance, sport science and sport coaching staff members.

Fully updated in line with the National Curriculum, the second edition of The Really Useful Physical Education Book offers crucial guidance and practical ideas for effective and imaginative lessons. Underpinned by easy-to-understand theory and with an emphasis on inclusive physical education, each chapter presents a wide range of high quality lessons, alongside engaging teaching examples and methodologies. Continue reading

PE and Dance PGCE students learn that ‘writing is like fighting’

This week’s lesson on writing skills saw the university’s PE and Dance PGCE students learning several principles of essay writing in an unusual, but in some ways fitting environment.

Playing to the strengths of the students’ ability to think about and reflect on physical movement, Drs Alex Channon, Christopher Matthews and Anastasiya Khomutova took the students out of the classroom and into the gymnasium.  By using three distinct martial arts/combat sports-themed practices to highlight the aforementioned principles, students were taught to think about their academic writing first and foremost as an act of communication.  Continue reading