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Twelve Tips for Non-specialist Teachers of PE


1. Make sure all lessons are as active as possible. Try to avoid elimination games which result in some children sitting out

2. Make lessons as inclusive as possible. All children need to be individually challenged.

3. Make sure that all children come away from the lesson with a sense of real progress and achievement. Occasionally a simple certificate can be awarded to a pupil who has demonstrated excellence or marked improvement.

4. All PE lessons should have a clear set of targets eg. to improve the accuracy of a bean bag throw in to a hoop. It is good practice to share targets with the children

5. Start all lessons with an active, relevant warm-up.Try to include a pulse-raiser such as a form of tag and mobility exercises.

6. Each session should include some consolidation of previously learned skills. For example if you have been working on dribbling this could be incorporated into a warm up.

7. Where a child exhibits good technique/ skill use, him/her as a model.

8. For paired activities, sometimes pair able with less able children and encourage co- operation and peer coaching.

9. Try to strike a balance between competitive and co-operative work. Some activities such as dance and gymnastics lend themselves to developing creativity, choreography and peer reviewing.

10. Teachers should keep a short record of the work covered and a brief review of what went well / badly. Include some comments on the progress of individual children (useful for reports/inspection).

11. Enjoyable lessons are usually well planned with a warm up, skills practice and a competitive element or creative opportunity.

12. No environment is totally safe but accidents can be avoided by continual monitoring of the activity area, checking equipment and making sure children understand safety issues.