Teaching PE

PE funding: all you need to know

The Government has announced £320 million in PE funding for the 2020-21 academic year.

Along with the announcement, the Department for Education also confirmed that any funding not spent during the 2019-20 academic year can be used next year – giving leaders the opportunity to add to their existing provision.

But who is the funding available to and how should it be spent? This blog post explains.

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Is participation more important than competition?

Participating in competitive sport is essential if our young sportspeople of today are going to develop into professionals who can complete at the highest levels of their chosen sport.

Not all children want to be professional sportspeople though. Many just want to enjoy their favourite sports and the thrill of taking part in an activity.

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Can you raise participation by offering students a choice of activity?

Where participation levels in PE lessons are an area of concern, there are numerous methods and tactics that teachers can try in order to raise participation levels.

From tackling the ‘I forgot my PE kit’ excuse, to delivering more engaging lessons, there are a few different angles to try. One solution that can be highly effective is to give students a choice of activity and give them greater control.

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Incorporating new technology into PE lessons

We’re living in an increasingly technology-centric world, where students are constantly interacting with digital platforms and using technology for social, leisure and study purposes.

Whilst many other subjects have found ways to bring new technology into the classroom, it can be a bit more challenging for practical PE lessons. However, when done well, it can add a lot of value and motivation to lessons.

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Baseline assessment for the PE curriculum

Baseline Assessment is used in education to enable teachers to monitor a pupil’s progress.

It is used when children start in primary school to assess numeracy and literacy, and it is also often used at secondary school level when pupils join the school in Year 7 if there is no data regarding prior ability.

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