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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

the group with their frisbees

The Ultimate Invasion Game

Having spent time training in secondary schools, our trainee PE teachers returned to the university and were introduced to a new and innovative team game widely played in North America and also in the UK.

Ultimate Frisbee is an exciting, non-contact team sport that mixes the best features of sports such as soccer, basketball, American football and netball. Many schools now include Ultimate Frisbee in their PE curriculum as an alternative to more traditional competitive team sports which has greater appeal to much wider population of pupils. Read More

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Learning more about small-sided conditioned games

Trainee physical education teachers completed a series of practical workshops that focused on the teaching and learning of traditional games often included in the Secondary School Physical Education Curriculum in England.

As part of the module divided court games, such as badminton, and invasion games such as football, rugby, basketball and netball were covered in discrete units as enrichment opportunities to complete the Football Association Secondary Teachers Award and The Rugby Football Union ‘Rugby Ready’ Course. The trainees were also introduced to different versions of team games designed to make participation more inclusive for all pupils. Read More

Students on the pitch

Values-based teaching and learning in Physical Education

The university’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

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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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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