P.E my valentine

Ofsted have accussed primary schools of not retaining a high intensity throughout a P.E lesson, with children often, ‘stood still while the teacher introduces the lesson.’ From my own experience, there isn’t enough dance in the curriculum that could even begin to work up a sweat. Yes, I have used and adapted Val Sabin, yet I still struggle to make children (even those who are less-fit) force out a bead of sweat. It’s the dance element of the P.E curriculum I find the most disturbing. In the Ofsted document, it is claimed that part of the drive to improve standards in the P.E curriculum have come on the back of the legacy of the Olympics. I’m failing to see what part of the Olympics it is required to excel at primary school dance.

In order to improve overall fitness and longevity within endurance throughout P.E lessons, surely we should focus on more physical sports, which might produce the next generation of genuine Olympians. I understand that dancing can be a fantastic activity for children, and to eradicate it entirely is not the answer, however, the time could be reduced for children to participate in more focussed, competitive sports. Some element of P.E is often covered through PPA, in two schools I have worked in,this has been evident. This can often make assessment difficult for the class teacher, within their document, Ofsted show some uninspiring data regarding overall effectiveness and achievement of P.E. which suggests that a third of P.E lesson in schools are only satisfactory. This is pretty poor. As a country steeped in sport history we must spend time, prior to the release of the new curriculum, to allow teacher’s to provide more effective P.E curricula, based on their skill set and subject knowledge. Then we’ll see children sweat, like a Findus horse.

Where teacher’s provided with a more flexible curriculum, not focussed on rudimentary, uninspiring sports, then the overall effectiveness may well improve.


Make Them Sweat


Don’t Gove Back in Anger

Over in an office near central, a diminutive man is possibly (probably) lining up his next, seemingly endless, attack on teachers. Ever since his arrival as secretary of education, he has brought in numerous initiatives, changes and new agendas; it has not gone unnoticed. The position of Michael Gove as secretary of education is far from under threat. If anything it is pushing him further up the well greased ladder of Tory-ville. Conservative policy states that they have the full intention of reforming the school system to bring every school ‘on par with the world’s best.’ This is pretty standard rhetoric from any political party when given the privilege of governance. This time there is a definite slant to these iniatives. They have position the barrel firmly at teachers, the sweaty finger nervously trembling on the trigger.


The introduction of performance related pay has riled many in the profession, many rightly claiming, that it opens the door to top down oppression from heads who, may, have other objectives. In the cut-throat world of private sector workers, PRP is common ground. Transferring this culture to a job where relationships with colleagues and clients is paramount, could be extremely dangerous. As someone who is relatively new to the profession, the potential to move through the pay scale, on the surface, appears inviting. Yet, something gnaws below the surface, it can’t be ignored that this will only be the start of what will, potentially, be a tsunami of possible adaptations to what is already an extremely stressful career. A fear of failure or a drive to succeed? The latter, on the whole, is more likely.

Alongside PRP, Mr Gove has announced that headteachers will be able to fire ‘bad teachers’ with a greater of ease. Like a scene from Kill Bill that sees Una Therman, clad in yellow, surrounded by humanised piranhas, shooting fish might never have been so easy. Teachers thrive on confidence, stability and motivation (we try to instill this in children), yet there’s is the inevitability that the rug has been pulled and we’ll be scrapping for our dear lives. Live on BBC breakfast, broadcast to 2.5m people, Govey stated that any and all bad teachers will be sniffed out, tarred and feathered, and finally publicly hung out to dry (sic). In an age where bankers feed us corruption and lies, supermarkets feed us horse and our ‘chosen’ government fees us fiscal remedy after failed fiscal remedy, it’s getting pretty hard to take.