What is a PE teacher’s role in extra-curricular activities?
The reason most of us went into PE teaching was based around the love of sport. Teaching, organising and coaching sport after school is still an undoubted highlight of the job for many.

However, how sad is it that this is now something that takes you away from your desk or laptop and can become an obstacle to completing key tasks that are valued by the school leadership team. [Read more]
5 Fun drills for rugby league
Rugby league focuses on the key skills of handling, passing, running and tackling. Players are expected to have quick hands, good sprint speed with bursts of pace to try to break tackles, and the strength to tackle and halt their opponents' runs.

Here are 5 drills that we hope you will find useful to help your rugby league players enhance these key skills. [Read more]
Teaching English through sport
Sport and physical education, although a unique and important subject on its own, can also be used as a vehicle to be able to teach other core subjects. For teaching English, this can be in the form of speaking, listening, reading or writing as part of PE lessons and extracurricular activities. Sport is one of the few very subjects where discussion and team work are used in the majority of, if not all, lessons.

Students in PE lessons should be encouraged to coach each other and offer constructive criticism when they make a mistake as this will improve their confidence in public speaking and develop the way they construct sentences both verbally and in their written English. [Read more]
Should encouraging extracurricular physical activity be part of a PE teacher’s role?
All teachers have a range of responsibilities including educating, safeguarding and mentoring students. But do PE teachers have an additional responsibility to encourage participation in physical activity outside of school hours?

Research studies show that students who are more physically active perform better in school due to their higher levels of energy and concentration. Every teacher has a role to increase participation in their subject area but for PE teachers, this focus on participation should extend beyond the school gates.

For most children, PE is the only time in their week that they spend exercising and being physically active. This places a responsibility on the PE teacher to encourage student participation as much as possible. [Read more]
Assessment without Levels in Physical Education
PE Office has spoken of assessment without levels before, if we rewind to April 2014 we stated that ‘we all have to accept that level descriptors are no more and embrace the new challenge of assessment without levels...Embrace the new curriculum, because any short term pain from adapting to the new system will result in long term gain. I believe that change may prove to be a good thing for PE, provided we get it right.’

I have attended several conferences and spoken to teachers and taken countless phone calls from teachers who have enquired regarding the assessment without levels package with PE Office's sister company EDLounge. [Read more]
Video Analysis in Sport
Technology has developed over the years, with video cameras being more advanced, iPads being used to analyse sport and even phones now being used to analyse performance.

Video analysis was once used for biomechanical and sports science reasons only, however coaches of all sports are now using video analysis to improve the performance of their players. This can happen in many formats as the technology involved has grown in quality, along with an increase in the number of devices available for video analysis to take place. [Read more]
Healthy Eating for Healthy Living
The importance of healthy eating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is taught to children in a number of subjects throughout the curriculum including food technology and PE. All children are told the saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”, yet the population in England is becoming more and more obese. Stats from 2014 show that over 57% of the adult population are classed as overweight, the classification for this is a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 25 and anyone with a BMI of over 30 is classed as obese.

There are two popular forms of showing students what a healthy diet looks like; either a circle or a pyramid shape. The circle shapes are broken down into a pie chart to show the different food groups and the amount advised per group. [Read more]
Football – Teaching Tactics
Football is the biggest sport in England, with over 2 million people over the age of 16 playing once a week, and millions of children playing regularly. This being the case, understanding tactics is an important part of the sport. But how young should coaches start to teach tactics to children? And how important are tactics to children’s development at grassroots level?

Tactics in its simplest form is being able to understand formations. As different formations allow for different tactical advantages and disadvantages, this knowledge is checked by coaches on a regular basis. [Read more]
OAA – Aiming Off
This OAA problem solving lesson plan focuses on aiming off, developing knowledge and understanding of why it is important in orienteering.

By the end of the lesson, your pupils should be able to perform the skill of aiming off, selecting and using a range of tactics and strategies in order to overcome any challenge [Read more]
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