Current challenges in PE lessons today and how to overcome them

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PE teaching can sometimes feel like the most rewarding yet most challenging role around. Constantly having to adapt to meet the needs of the students and overcome barriers to participation are par for the course. So what are the biggest challenges in a PE lesson, and how could we overcome them?

Fitness and engagement

The first issue you may find is that some of your pupils aren’t physically able to take part in lessons due to low fitness or ability levels. Some pupils may also be reluctant to take part in PE lessons due to concerns over their fitness levels, feelings of embarrassment or a lack of confidence.

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5 Ways to make sure students remember their PE Kit

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Secondary teacher Katie O’Sullivan outlines five ways you can help your students remember their PE kit. 

From a PE teacher’s perspective, there are clear signs that some students display when they forget their PE kit. So what strategies can help students to remember their PE essentials?

Sometimes they look sheepish and are afraid of the impending consequence, sometimes they adopt a severe limp as they approach the changing rooms, and some have that look of horror when they open their bag and realise they’re missing the crucial items. No matter the school setting, one of the barriers that PE teachers face is pupils who haven’t got the right kit to take part in a lesson. So what can be done?

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