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We’ve recently added two new printable resources which are bound to be popular this winter. Make sure you check them out!  

Wet Weather Task Cards 

Wet play can ruin everyone’s day. Children feel cooped up and can’t get their excess energy out; Lunchtime supervision staff spend the time sorting out arguments and trying to get the volume down; Teachers have to deal with the fallout for the rest of the afternoon. 

But what if it could be different? 

This set of cards is packed full of ideas for how to get children active even when they need to stay indoors. We’ve got ideas for games which require minimal equipment but that will help burn some energy, keep children engaged and hopefully make wet play a lot less painful for everyone.  

 

English on the Move Christmas Activities 

These festive, physically active learning English activities will keep your pupils active, engaged and thinking during the...

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Successful conference after two years apart

One of the teachers who attended the WMPESS Conference said,  

“It’s been a really good opportunity to get to know some of the different things available to us as a school and to get to know some other people around Birmingham leading PE in different ways.” 

Words like these make us incredibly proud, because they sum up the very reason why we created the conference in the first place.  

With 50 delegates, 3 keynote speakers, 7 workshop leaders, 2 movement break leaders and 18 stands in the marketplace, it was an action-packed day with an abundance of learning and networking. Although Covid-19 still casts a bit of a shadow on everything at the moment, everyone in attendance seemed to enjoy the chance to meet in person and chat in ways that just don’t quite happen on Zoom. 

 

As everyone made their personal selection from the range of...

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You don’t need to teach sport with Ryan Ellis

 

 

In the penultimate episode of this series of The PE Huddle, Dan meets Ryan Ellis to talk about what Ryan sees happening in schools and his tips and tricks for juggling the many demands on you as a PE Lead, including pointing out that the National Curriculum for PE doesn’t actually require you to teach specific sports.

 

Who is Ryan Ellis?

‘The PE Umbrella Man’, as he is often called, lived a childhood filled with sport and physical activity and always had a burning desire to teach PE. After several years of coaching and then teaching, Ryan turned his full focus towards making a bigger impact in primary PE.

In 2015, Ryan set up The PE Umbrella which has evolved from a podcast platform into a consulting career allowing him to provide training for schools, universities and SCITTs.

Listen to this week’s episode of The PE Huddle: Make PE the golden thread in your school to hear Ryan’s words of wisdom.

 

In the podcast, we discuss

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Physical Activity for Whole School Improvement with Andy Heald

 

 

Whole school improvement is no small matter. As a teacher, SLT member, or school governor, it is your responsibility to plan for and make changes that will have a positive impact on not only assessment data but also the wellbeing of all members of the school community.

As an experienced school governor, Andy Heald  is no stranger to school improvement and he believes that physical activity is key to success.

Listen to this week’s episode of The PE Huddle: Physical Activity for Whole School Improvement to find out more.

 

In the podcast, we discuss

  • The importance of asking “What is the bigger picture?” when looking at the PE curriculum
  • Why you should focus on the WHY, before the How and the What
  • Andy’s belief that Activity + Achievement = Fun
  • The need to create great physical activity experiences for children

Available to listen NOW wherever you get your podcasts

 

 

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[Webinar] The power of benchmarking in PE with Vanessa King

You’ve heard of benchmarking, and maybe you’ve even considered how useful it would be to have done should the inspectors come knocking, but do you really know how to use the benchmarking process to effect change, or is it just another box to be ticked?

 

To help you grapple with these questions, we have PE consultant Vanessa King on board to lead a live webinar all about the power of benchmarking in PE.

 

Having been a PE lead herself, and having worked with many more, Vanessa knows that it’s a lot harder than it looks. The start of the year is an exciting time for planning what you want to achieve and how you are going to do it, but it can feel overwhelming too. Benchmarking can help with that.

 

Join Vanessa on 3rd November at 4.30pm.

 

What you will learn:

  • Why benchmarking is essential
  • How benchmarking creates evidence informed action planning
  • How to use benchmarking to create a better whole school approach

 

When you’re ready...

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Aspire:ED Membership is here! Varied and flexible content available wherever, whenever and however suits you.

Traditionally, CPD looks something like this:

You sign up to go on a course.

The day before the course, you spend hours putting together everything for a cover teacher.

On the morning of the course you travel to the specified location, do the course (sometimes broken up by some coffee and custard creams) and then you travel home.

Courses can be great. You get a day away from the hustle and bustle of the classroom, you might get a free pen, and theoretically you come away with some new learning about a particular topic.

But what if the course you want to go on clashes with parents’ evening?

What if the trainer you really want to meet works at the other end of the country?

What if, on the day of the course, you are tired and just not feeling it?

 

Well, you might have to provide your own beverage and biscuit of choice, but in Aspire:ED we think we have the solution to all your CPD problems, and it’s so much more than just a one-day course.

Aspire:ED is an online...

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Who is Crichton Casbon?

Nationally and internationally known Education Consultant, Crichton Casbon MA (Curriculum Studies), is your course designer and leader.

 

A lifetime’s experience within the world of PE and the physical curriculum lends Crichton a unique expertise and wealth of knowledge that he shares within every module of this course.

 

What is this lifetime of experience?

 

  • 17 years as a secondary school PE teacher – 15 of those as head of department and 2 as Head of PSHE
  • 8 years as a PE adviser in East Sussex, teaching in 220+ schools and designing and leading ‘legendary’ training in all aspects of the physical curriculum
  • 11 years at QCA writing the national curriculum programmes of study and schemes of work
  • As Subject Officer and Adviser at QCA, he led the research and impact arm of the PESS project for 7 years
  • Manager of the review of the secondary national curriculum 2007-2008
  • Joint author with Dr Lynne Spackman of Assessment in PE
  • Author of several...
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