This week on the podcast we welcome United Learning’s Head of Sport Shaun Dowling.
Who is Shaun Dowling?
Shaun is Head of Sport at United Learning, a national group of primary, secondary and all-through schools across the state and independent sectors. As Head of Sport, Shaun supports Heads of PE and Directors of Sport in further improving the quality of their PE curriculum, school sport programmes and physical activity provision; Shaun ensures they’re using the power of sport to assist young people with their wider educational development.
Shaun is a former Head of PE and Director of Specialism, having progressed to Deputy Headship in two specialist sports colleges.
Having trained at the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education, Shaun later gained his MA(Ed) from Southampton University. He achieved his NPQH before the opportunity arose to undertake a national role in the education team at the Youth Sport Trust (YST).
This week on the podcast we’re joined by primary school PE lead John Haycock.
Who is John Haycock?
John has been a teacher at Chilcote primary school for 11 years, both as PE and class teacher.
Joining the school with a view to take over PE, John completed his NQT and became PE lead in his second year. 10 years on, John’s passion for sport and physical activity combined with his drive has put PE, school sport and physical activity at the heart of school life
What’s discussed in the episode?
This year's WMPESS conference will be held on 12th November in Edgbaston. For those who have been following the journey of this exciting event, you will probably know that two of our keynote speakers have already been announced. Our final keynote speaker for this year's conference has now been confirmed and we are delighted to announce that Greg Dryer will be presenting on 'Supporting all your pupils in developing a physical activity habit'.
In this keynote you will have a chance to think about:
Greg will also be leading a workshop: Defining (and staying in) our lane.
He explains: “Physical education, school sport and physical activity is pulled from pillar to post by policy makers, the...
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...
Continued Professional Development (CPD) makes several appearances in 7 top tips for spending the Primary PE and Sport Premium.
CPD directly relates to point three of DfE’s five key indicators of effective PE and sport premium spending. But, when you look at the other four, it’s clear that CPD can contribute to achieving all five.
By increasing the confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport:
It all starts with...
Design your primary school’s physical curriculum with this easy-to-use process.
A process based around Ofsted’s new inspection framework which Crichton Casbon, internationally recognised expert in the physical curriculum, will take you through in the webinar:
Thursday 26th November at 4pm
Join Crichton and Dan Hays, Development Executive at Aspire, as they chat live about the effectiveness of a quality physical curriculum and give you the steps to achieve this at your primary school.
Plus, all delegates that sign up and join us for...
School is many children’s only chance to be active.
And being in the midst of a pandemic in which restrictions abound, this is ever more pressing.
Lockdown number one saw a drastic drop in children’s activity levels, with only 19% meeting the recommended 1 hour of physical activity per day.
Since returning to school in September, children have been 47% more physically active.
As we write this, however, we’ve entered lockdown number two spanning November and edging into December.
Lockdown two has one significant difference though, schools are to remain open. But, with sports clubs closing and time outside limited, the pressure on schools to keep children’s activity levels up weighs heavy.
To support schools, the Association for Physical Education (afPE), Active Partnerships and Youth Sport Trust have put together 'Covid-19 and school funding: 7 top tips for spending the Primary PE and Sport Premium'. Used effectively, this funding has the potential...