Nutrition and sport and exercise

Group of students - some in wheelchairs

Inclusive practice in Physical Education

PGCE and School Direct trainee PE teachers experienced an inclusive practice workshop run in association with Albion in the Community.

The aim of the day was to give the trainees a greater understanding of more inclusive approaches to teaching physical education. The workshop covered both theoretical and practical aspects of teaching pupils with additional learning needs.

The day consisted of awareness training related to terminology, teaching pupils with hearing impairments using sign language, teaching pupils who are wheelchair users, and guiding pupils with sight impairments.

Many mainstream secondary schools have pupils with sight and hearing impairments and who are wheelchair users – physical education teachers need to plan inclusive activities accordingly.

As part of achieving the professional Teachers’ Standards trainees must have a clear understanding of the needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs or disabilities, and be able to use and evaluate distinctive teaching approaches to engage and support.

PGCE and School Direct PE Course leader and principal lecturer Dr Gary Stidder said: “Training experiences such as this provide trainee teachers of physical education with a broad understanding of how to include pupils with additional learning needs into practical physical education lessons.

“I strongly believe that there is a place for disability sports for able-bodied pupils within the formal physical education curriculum. It is a very good educational tool for PE teachers to raise awareness amongst all pupils in secondary schools.”

In the short film below you can see the students in action:

View pictures of the day in our picture gallery below:

  • Students in wheelchairs throwing balls in the air


Kerry Burnett • September 18, 2020

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