The new National Curriculum starting in September 2014 makes the biggest and most fundamental change to the assessment system for physical education in England for many years by removing the levelling system and replacing it with assessment without levels. This is a fantastic opportunity for schools to design their own assessment process to best meet the needs of their students. We have designed a new assessment framework in conjunction with our freelance PE instruction incorporating the aims outlined in the National Curriculum. This framework can be adapted to each school that we work with for a bespoke delivery of physical education.
We developed and implemented this framework in September 2013 working with Limpsfield Grange School graded OUTSTANDING in all areas by Ofsted in December 2013. The framework is broken up into 4 different sections and fulfils the National Curriculum aims as follow:
At TG fitness we are focussed on each individual student and are determined to maximise their potential. We realise that this starts with encouraging active participation in physical activity both during PE lessons and outside of school. We have seen great success in Limpsfield Grange School taking weekly participation in PE from approximately 70% to over 97%. This was done by diversifying the sports and activities as part of our PE provision and by using a variety of psychological techniques including REBT and motivational interviewing. We also encourage physical activity outside of school. Progress is monitored using an activity calendar and “state of change” questionnaire (Prochaska & DiClemente 1983) to assess current levels of activity and fulfils the National Curriculum aim of “leading healthy, active lives”.
2.Importance of Healthy Living
Knowing the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout life is essential. This is all the more important for those with a learning disability as the rates of obesity, diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are increasing as outlined in this report supported by the Department of Health (Health Inequalities & People with Learning Disabilities in the UK: 2010). We include short 5- 10 minute theory lessons throughout the year helping students to make and adhere to healthier lifestyle choices. The topics covered are cross curricula building upon what is learnt in other subjects. Students that change quicker than others are given flash cards and other teaching aids to maximise learning in each lesson. We monitor progress with a variety of different quizzes and 1 to 1 and group Q and A’s fulfilling the aim of “leading healthy, active lives”.
3. Increase Physical Performance
Using our expertise in sports coaching and sports science and following a school specific curriculum plan, which we can provide, we model our lessons using periodisation to ensure peak physical performance of all students. We can also provide personal training programmes to students which require additional physiological support with the relevant qualifications and membership to REPS. We monitor physical performance using a wide variety of physiological testing methods specific to the sport and activity being performed both pre and post enabling comparison across individual, class, key stage and school. This fulfils the aim of remaining “physically active for sustained periods of time”.
4. Variety of Physical Activities
The broad depth of knowledge of our instructors extends to expertise in a wide variety of sports and physical activities, from football to gymnastics and dance to athletics. This is a crucial element in increasing not only participation but the physical and gross motor development of students. sports and physical activities are planned to take into account the requirements of the National Curriculum and the abilities of the students. Progress is monitored specifically to the sport and activity but includes testing for gross motor development including both locomotor and object control skills. As a result of these methods and techniques, we fulfil the National Curriculum aims of “developing competence in a broad range of physical activities” and “engage in competitive sports and activities”.
All of the above is personalised to meet the specific abilities of the students and requirements of the school’s curriculum manager. I hope you find the above a viable alternative to current options. If you would like to find out more please contact us to arrange a FREE consultation.
The pricing for schools varies dependant on class size and number of lessons each week and is discussed in the consultation.