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Planning for the Future in Physical Education

After another extremely challenging year for our young people and their hero teachers, leaders across the world are starting to look forward and plan Physical Education curriculum maps for the next academic year.

  1. We would love to know what you are planning and why.

  2. What has gone well this academic year?

  3. What has been more of a challenge?

From our conversations with dozens of brilliant PE teachers, we know that many schools have struggled with engaging youngsters in PE in a post lockdown education world. For some, behaviour has been a challenge and others are concerned about the mental wellbeing of their young people.

Lockdown, the war in Ukraine and the financial crisis has exacerbated many of the prevalent mental health issues young people were suffering from before the pandemic and we would urge you to consider what you can do as a leader to improve the situation for young people when planning your curriculum next year.

Are you sticking to the same traditional curriculum or are you going to seize this opportunity to make a difference to your young people and give them the tools to protect and build their mental wellbeing now and in the future as part of a broad, balanced and inspiring curriculum that is meaningful for all?

An Opportunity

In the film Stutz, filmstar Jonah Hill talks about how he ‘wished physical activity was propositioned to him as a way to be happier rather than as a way to lose weight.’ Are you missing a trick to engage more of your young people in Physical Education?

Credit - Netflix

Potential Solutions

The good news is that whether you are looking to enhance relationships, teach the link between physical activity and mental wellbeing or provide your young people with a toolbox of self care strategies, we can help train you and your team to deliver a fantastic curriculum for your students.

We know that many innovative departments are focusing on wellbeing programmes as a pathway option to engage more young people in our great subject as we partner with so many inspirational departments that are doing such an amazing job on a day to day basis.

They are incorporating Early Intervention Mental Wellbeing programmes into Physical Education so that as many young people as possible can take on proactive self-care strategies to improve their mental wellbeing now and long after they have left school.

They are placing movement at the heart of school life so young people understand the clear link between physical activity and mental wellbeing in a memorable way and which is now statutory for schools to deliver in RSHE. They are prioritising play as a holistic way to develop their young people.

They are strengthening their practice in identifying students who are struggling, building their confidence, self kindness, using worries as a positive, creating plans for dream futures, moulding healthy habits, eradicating unhealthy habits and giving students the skills to access the four happiness chemicals.

Here at Future Action, we have partnered with over 100 schools across the world in a range of settings from Primary to Secondary, International Schools to Special Schools this academic year to embed these transformational strategies based on evidence based theory and to enable leaders to also have a whole school impact as well.

'Trauma Informed PE' Transforming the PE Experience for Young People

We recognise that teaching PE in a post lockdown education world has became much more challenging for colleagues.

Many schools we work with have focused on transforming relationships through ‘Trauma Informed PE’ to improve wellbeing, behaviour, engagement, attendance, progress in the short term and their children’s life chances in the long term.

Two weeks ago we heard from some fantastic teachers in Liverpool who have implemented these programmes brilliantly to make such a difference to their youngsters as part of our ‘RISE Up Liverpool’ programme.

It is inspiring to hear how schools are taking this work forward based on their young people’s needs. We can help you if you want to explore this approach in more detail.

Looking for Inspiration?

If you are looking for inspiration and steps to identify how to develop your curriculum next academic year then we have got a range of taster resources for you.

Why not complete the 3 minute Early Intervention scorecard to find out your school's wellbeing score and receive a personalised report on how you can take it to the next stage.

If engagement and behaviour has been the biggest issue for this year then why not try our ‘Enhancing Engagement in PE’ Scorecard here:

Or get in touch for a friendly conversation about how we can support you!

We look forward to hearing from you.

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