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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

The students doing a Conga in the gym!

Team building and problem solving

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education and Dance trainee teachers came together at the start of their teacher training course to take part in a series of team-building exercises.

The exercises were designed to develop group dynamics and working relationships and consisted of a series of ice-breaking activities, followed by activities in small groups to help develop trust and responsibility. The trainees then took part in a number of larger group activities designed to promote problem solving and decision making. Read More

Two female students demonstrating their combat skills

Engaging with non-contact boxing

Physical Education PGCE and School Direct trainee teachers began their course with an introduction to non-contact boxing and how to implement it into the secondary school physical education curriculum.

Non-contact boxing is increasing in popularity as a means of developing personal fitness and core skills of agility and co-ordination. Combat activities such a boxing where the object is to outwit an opponent provides individuals opportunities to perform movement phases both in attack and defence such as stance, guard, footwork and maintaining balance whilst moving in all directions. Read More

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Mentoring opportunities

“Mentoring is a one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship in which an individual voluntarily gives time to support and encourage another. This relationship is typically developed at a time of transition in the mentee’s life and lasts for a period of time”

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Learning more about Post-16 Physical Education

Our PGCE and School Direct trainee PE teachers visited East Sussex College (Lewes Campus) to gain an insight into the teaching of post-16 Physical Education courses.

Trainees learnt more about the use of google classrooms and innovative ways to assess student progress such as video and verbal feedback, interactive assessment of learning and the use of flash cards using tablet devices and mobile phones. In addition, trainees were 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

V-Cert day

Trainee PE teachers organised a V-Cert day for year 10 pupils from Peacehaven Community School.

The focus of the day was to develop the pupils understanding of fitness and sport specifically related to Unit 3 of the new V-Cert qualification now being offered in some secondary schools. Read More

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Post 16 Physical Education Conference

Following their recent visit to East Sussex College, PGCE and School Direct Physical Education students attended a one day conference that addressed the teaching of post-16 accredited PE courses.

During the conference students presented a 20 minute session to their peers with respect to an identified topic from the A-level syllabus. Topics 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 Read More

PE and the Autistic Child

PGCE and School Direct trainee PE teachers took part in a workshop-based seminar that focused on providing inclusive physical education lessons for children with autism.

Tim Brown, Learning Support officer from Heathfield Community School, spoke to trainees about the spectrum of autism and how physical education teachers can incorporate modified equipment and adapt tasks to suit children with a range of different additional learning needs. Read More

How to secure your first PE teaching post

Our physical education trainee teachers were provided with valuable professional advice when former Principal of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing, Peter Midwinter, spoke to them about securing their first teaching position.

The seminar covered 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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