Teachers at Blackpool Gateway Academy took part in a PE CPD workshop as part of the Premier League Primary Stars project. The programme aims to provide school staff with support in their teaching of Physical Education as well as increasing the attainment levels of pupils within Maths and English.
The workshop focused on the Head-Heart-Hands model and the theory behind it, looking at how the National Curriculum for PE can be a key component for whole child development.
Chris Debar, Senior PE Officer for the Community Trust, has been working with the school to help evaluate their current PE and School Sport provision. “The workshop was the first step of a journey that the school will go on to refresh and review their PE curriculum. We’re hoping that through using resources from organisations such as the Association for PE we can help share the message that PE can be at the heart of primary school life.”
Delivered in partnership with The FA PE Unit, the workshop forms part of the wider work that the Community Trust provide in the school, supporting the delivery of Physical Education through one on one teacher support. Chris Brammall from the FA PE Unit took a lead on the delivery of the workshop, and championed the format. “With the pressures and workloads that teachers face, this was a great way to deliver key messages to all teachers in the same school at the same time. It’s often difficult to provide CPD opportunities because of different barriers, so being able to deliver a twilight session after the school day makes the workshop more accessible to all teaching staff.”
15 teachers attended the workshop which PE lead Hayley Forster feels was a success. “The feedback from staff has been very positive and many are looking forward to the changes ahead”.
The Community Trust offer PE workshops to schools free of charge thanks to the Primary Stars project. For more information on the workshops available contact the Community Trust on 01253 348 691