First News - - FRONT PAGE - Do you like PE? Cast your vote at by Ben Puls­ford

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.

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