NEW TRAINING FOR PE TEACHERS
THOUSANDS of PE teachers are to receive new training, after it was found that almost one in five secondary school pupils hate PE lessons.
Around £13.5 million worth of free training will be offered to 17,000 secondary school PE teachers across England to help them change attitudes among pupils who dread sports lessons.
The lessons are being funded by Sport England, in partnership with the Teaching Schools Council. The funding follows a 2015 Sport England survey of more than 450 school and college students (aged 14 and above), which showed that around 19% of pupils disliked or even hated sport and PE. Less than half of those surveyed viewed PE as a positive experience.
Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, said: “Lots of people have bad memories of being picked last for a team, or just feeling really uncomfortable. This programme is designed to stop that happening. It will help schools and individual teachers design a wider range of opportunities to increase young people’s enjoyment of sport and PE, which gives them a much better chance of being active in later life.”
Sport England says the training won’t change the curriculum, but will “enhance existing good practice” and “support necessary improvements” for all secondary school pupils.
It’s the first time in ten years that secondary school PE has had a lot of money pumped in to it.