Nutrition and sport and exercise

close up of a street surfer

Physical Education on Wheels

Trainee PE teachers were introduced to street surfing as part of their induction.

Many young people are physically active out of school and engage in ‘wheeled’ activity such as mountain biking, BMX biking, skateboarding, in-line skating, street surfing and micro-scootering. However, very few schools have recognised this as a means to increase pupils activity levels in school and therefore its potential within physical education lessons.

PGCE and School Direct PE route leader Dr Gary Stidder said: “Young people are participating in very different physical activities outside of school compared to the types of activities they are taught as part of the formal physical education curriculum.

“If we want young people to be more active we have to offer them choice and voice when it comes to curriculum decisions in physical education and find out what their activity preferences are.

“Many young people take part in physical activities on wheels in their leisure time and street surfing is just one example of how the physical education curriculum can be more appealing to a broader population of pupils in schools. Indeed, it is claimed that street surfing is the physical education teacher’s secret weapon.”

You can watch the students in action in this short film created by student Adrienne:

Kerry Burnett • October 1, 2021

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