Learning more about Post-16 Physical Education

east sussex college logoOur 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. Continue reading

Post 16 Physical Education Conference

Some of trainees in frontof their presentationFollowing 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 Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Using technology to teach orienteering

students using their phones Trainee teachers of physical education learnt more about ways in which they can integrate technology in physical education lessons and enhance the teaching learning of orienteering.

Traditional versions of orienteering can be more appealing through the use of technology especially if pupils are allowed to use their mobile phones or school devices within physical education lessons.  Trainees learnt more about photo orienteering, the use of QR codes and the use of data collection packages which collects all relevant and programmable information from participants to be quickly shared and recorded. Continue reading

Learning alternative approaches to teaching Athletics

studentsa practising hoppingPGCE and School Direct Physical Education trainee teachers were provided with an alternative approach to the teaching and learning of athletic activities.

Activities specifically for indoor teaching focused on running at maximum speed over short distances and running over obstacles. Trainees learnt to teach jumping events using the basic skills of hopping, leaping, springing, skipping and bounding, and also throwing events that involved throwing balls, quoits, foam javelins, shuttlecocks, bean bags or hoops with pushing, pulling, swinging, slinging and heaving actions. Continue reading

Glowing Ofsted report for our teacher training courses

Ofsted Outstanding logoThe University of Brighton’s established strength in teacher training has been acknowledged in an extremely positive Ofsted report.

Our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership received ratings of ‘outstanding’ for its Early Years, Primary and Secondary Courses and ‘good’ in Further Education and Training.

This makes the University of Brighton the only university in Sussex and Kent rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for Early Years, Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training. Continue reading

The Hand that rocks the cradle

the students with their 'cradles'Introducing pop Lacrosse and VX Rock it ball

Trainee teachers of physical education were introduced to the concept of ‘cradle’ games during a university-based training session. Pop Lacrosse and VX Rockitball were two examples of cradle games where the object is to manipulate a stick and cradle to receive and send a ball quickly or to shoot at a target. Trainees were able to apply the STEP model (space, task, equipment and people) in order to ensure an inclusive approach to pedagogy. Continue reading

Korfball – More than just a game

A plie of korfballsTrainee physical education teachers were introduced to the only mixed-sex team game played widely in the Netherlands and Belgium – Korfball.

The game of Korfball is played between teams made up of four male and four female players. The playing court is divided into two equal zones and two players of each sex are placed in each – it can be played indoors or outdoors. Continue reading