Marina Trowell delivering the session to students

Unconscious Bias Training for PE Trainee Teachers

PGCE and School Direct trainee physical education teachers took part in a workshop run by the university’s widening participation officer Marina Trowell.

The workshop focused on the importance of addressing unconscious bias within schools. Implicit or unconscious bias happens by our brains making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations without us realising.

Our biases are influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences. We may not even be aware of these views and opinions, or be aware of their full impact and implications.

The session looked at how teachers working in school can challenge forms of unconscious biases which are inherent or learned stereotypes about individuals, groups or institutions.

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Teaching post-16 PE

Our trainee physical education teachers visited East Sussex College Lewes Campus to gain an insight into teaching post-16 PE and sport courses.

The trainees met with Assistant Principal Mark Watts and Curriculum Leader Hayley Funnell who are both University of Brighton graduates and alumni. They learnt more about the use of google classrooms and other innovative ways to assess student progress such as video and verbal feedback, interactive assessment of learning and the use of flash cards using tablets and mobile phones.

They were also able to observe teaching in action and learn more about the latest revision resources available to students as well as being shown how to utilise the use of Twitter as an educational continued professional development resource. Read More

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Former Head Teacher provides advice

Peter Midwinter, a former Head Teacher, visited trainee physical education teachers to provide advice and guidance.

Peter was Principal of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy – a school serving the communities of Lancing, Sompting and Shoreham in West Sussex. He provided valuable professional advice as he spoke to them about securing their first teaching position.

The seminar covered the application processes, writing a supporting statement, researching the school, interview techniques and other professionally relevant factors. Peter has been a head teacher at four different secondary schools and academies in Sussex. Read More

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A-Level PE Conference

Physical Education PGCE and School Direct students attended a one-day conference that addressed the teaching of post-16 accredited physical education courses.

During the conference students presented a 20-minute session to their peers on an identified topic from the A-level syllabus. Topics presented included:

  • The Olympic Games – blessing or curse?
  • Bandura’s model of observational learning theory (observational learning)
  • Violence and deviance in sport; Sport, sponsorship and the media
  • Discrimination in sport
  • Sport, sponsorship and the Media
  • Sportsmanship, gamesmanship,
  • Performance enhancing products – reasons for, consequences of and solutions to the problem of drugs in sport

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Teaching Throwing Events Safely

Physical Education trainee teachers were provided with an innovative approach to the teaching and learning of throwing events within athletic activities.

The activities designed specifically for indoor teaching focused on throwing balls, quoits, foam javelins, shuttlecocks, bean bags or hoops with pushing, pulling, swinging, slinging and heaving actions. These actions simulate the technical actions of throwing a shot, discus and javelin. Read More

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Learning through adventure: the many skills that can be taught outside the classroom

“Learning outside the classroom through adventurous activities is known to have significant educational benefits. It helps children develop technical, intellectual and social skills by overcoming challenges and sharing decisions.”

This is the view of Principal Lecturer Dr Gary Stidder, leader of the Physical Education PGCE, in an article he has written for The Conversation.

Read the full article.


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Teaching orienteering

Trainee physical education teachers learnt more about the ways in which they can enhance the teaching and learning of orienteering.

Trainees learnt about indoor orienteering through the use of map symbol running games, netball court orienteering and cone navigation exercises.  They also experienced photo orienteering, the use of QR codes as well time limited score orienteering courses.

The trainees were also introduced to the latest APPs for teaching orienteering. Actionbound is an app for playing digitally interactive scavenger hunts. The programme augments reality by enhancing peoples’ real-life interaction whilst using their smartphones and tablets. Read More

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Teaching memory through physical education

Trainee physical education teachers were shown different ways in which PE lessons can be a platform to develop important cognitive functioning skills such as memory.

Experiencing challenges such as throwing, catching, balancing, estimating, memorising and reacting were organised in a circuit of activities with the aim of enhancing memory as a transferable skill amongst pupils in schools. The challenges were based on the popular British Television problem-solving quiz and game show The Cube. Read More

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Learning more about 16 – 19 Physical Education

Trainee Physical Education teachers learnt more about the 16 – 19 PE curriculum in alternative educational settings during a guest lecture.

The speaker was Sarah McAdam who is Further Education Manager at Brighton and Hove Albion FCs Albion in the Community. She spoke to the trainee teachers about the types of accredited courses in sport, and related subjects, that are on offer to apprentices at the football club. She also detailed how Albion in the Community supports the educational and academic development of young people through various support mechanisms and departments within the club. These include departments for areas such as health, disability, inclusion, football pathways and schools. Read More

the students on the pitch

Learning more about the North American PE curriculum

Flag football and POP Lacrosse are widely taught in schools in North America as part of the formal physical education curriculum. Both team games follow the same principals of other invasion games typically taught in English secondary schools.

The most distinctive feature of flag football is the absence of tackling in the flag game. All players wear flags that hang down at their sides, usually from belts worn around the waist. A ball carrier is “tackled” or down at the spot at which a defender removes one of the flags. Read More