School of Sport and Health Sciences

pupils and students in the gym

Secondary school revision day

PGCE and School Direct Trainee PE teachers organised a V-Cert revision day for year 11 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.

pupils in a lecturePupils were provided with a presentation about readiness for physical activity and planning an appropriate training programme. This was followed by a series of practical activities and the completion of reflective journals.

The new V-cert qualification in sport provides pupils with the introductory skills to either start a career in sport or progress within employment in the sector. This qualification can also prepare learners for higher or further education and gives a good introduction to sport vocation.

Head of PE at Peacehaven Community School, and Brighton Alumni, James Clarke said: “Our pupils gain important study skills from this event and enhance their own subject knowledge. The trainee teachers of PE were highly professional and extremely well organised in each of their lessons and provided very useful resources and materials.”

PGCE and School Direct Route leader for Physical Education, Dr Gary Stidder, said: “Experiences such as these provide physical education student teachers with important practical and theoretical skills required to teach post 14 qualifications in PE which are increasing at an unprecedented rate in secondary schools.

“The repertoire of skills now required of contemporary teachers of PE are vastly different and classroom-based theory lessons are part of the skill set they require. This gives our student teachers valuable experience and builds up their confidence in this area. It also demonstrates the strength of our partnership with local secondary schools.”

Kerry Burnett • 26/02/2024

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