Barriers to an active lifestyle: How can we help our pupils?

Recently I held a meeting with the P.E co-ordinators from all Schools within our MAC, I liaise with all of them constantly but we meet as a group on 3 occasions each academic year. Recently a significant portion of these meetings afforded attention to the impact of COVID/lockdown and how we intend to respond to […]

Post Lockdown Lethargy – A snapshot of our situation

This half term has been the hardest of my professional career, and Summer 2 last year took some beating. After 1 week back in School I decided to dig a little deeper into ‘where we were’ and perhaps more importantly, why. The following is an edited version of a report I have sent out to […]

My 2nd P.E Deep Dive: Just call me Scuba Steve…

Roughly 2/3 weeks after the first P.E Deep Dive I experienced – one of the other Schools in our MAC had the call again. At first the general belief was that they wouldn’t choose P.E for the Deep Dive again, due to it being a focus in the previous Ofsted inspection in a linked School. […]

P.E Deep Dive: Part 2 – ‘Meat on the bones…’

I’m sorry it has taken me so long to post this. I always intended on providing more detail regarding my experiences during my recent ‘Deep Dive’ experience, but I’ve been too busy to be able to process the events and type out my responses. The idea of this blog is simple. I’ve added my answers […]

Fitness Focused Inter-House! – Soldiers, Pirates & Superheroes…

I manage the P.E delivery of 8 Schools, in which we monitor our impact as a subject as much as possible. In three or four of these Schools it became apparent that children’s cardio-vascular fitness wasn’t improving at the same rate as previous years, which led to some reflection on how to address the situation. […]

Promoting activity outside of School – A Parent & Kids workshop

A Headteacher asked me earlier in the year if I would meet with some of her parents, with a view of addressing her concerns regarding inactivity/obesity amongst children locally. In Stoke-on-Trent 5% more of our children are obese when compared to the national average, whilst in our Schools fitness levels are rising, this particular Head […]

Ofsted Number 6: My experience and thoughts……

In the penultimate week before our L.A broke up for half term, one of the 8 Schools that I work for got ‘the call’ on the Monday. In the Schools that I manage Physical Education for, this was the sixth Ofsted Inspection in the space of 3 years. Although 5 of those did occur in […]

It’s Summer – Tri Golf (& so much more!!)

Apparently we have just entered the Summer term… I’m waiting for the weather to catch up to our schedule because where I am it snowed on Monday and Tuesday! When the temperature eventually rises, you have an opening to broaden your curriculum. There is a horrible train of thought amongst some Secondary P.E teachers (I’m […]

Childhood Obesity plan: Review & Response

The Government’s ‘Childhood Obesity: a plan for action’ was updated and released on the 20th January. It was 8 pages in length and contained some pretty interesting statistics and intentions. To help me digest and analyse its contents I started to write all over it, it’s a habit of mine – which has led me […]

Injecting the Olympic fever into your School!

“We’ve done so much in the history of the country and I take that into every swim I do. To represent the Queen, to represent the country and the people at home is an absolute honour for me. “London meant so much to me and it really inspired me. So hopefully for the children and […]