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Physical Education

“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” Picabo Street


Physical education plays a fundamental role within students education, where the subject lends itself to forging valuable skills that are widely and commonly used within all other subjects and within everyday aspects of life. PE has so much to offer to the development of children in their preparation for adult life. Below are 10 reasons why physical education is vitally important to a students educational journey:


  1. Students who play sports are better able to concentrate and maintain focus, which has a positive impact on their academic life. This can lead to improved attainment in all other academic subjects.

  2. Regular exercise is vital in the fight against child obesity. We all know the many health problems that are associated with obesity and how important it is to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Positive exercise habits that are implemented in childhood and adolescence will likely continue into adulthood.

  3. Students who exercise regularly have a better quality of sleep. They are therefore more alert at school and have higher levels of concentration.

  4. Physical exercise helps children relieve stress and anxiety. Young people today are arguably under more pressure than ever, so it is vital for them to have an outlet for this stress.

  5. Playing sports, as well as experiencing a variety of sport related roles, can help young people to improve their teamwork and leadership skills. It also helps to form stronger bonds between peers and promotes a healthy class dynamic.

  6. Physical activity promotes positive body image in teenagers, especially amongst women and girls. In this age of social media and societal pressure to look a certain way, this is of utmost importance.

  7. Sports teaches children to have improved self discipline. They can implement this self control in all aspects of their life, from better controlling their emotions to being more self motivated with their studies.

  8. PE helps children to develop their confidence. This can have a positive aspect on all areas of their life, such as their personal relationships and ability to integrate quickly and make friends, to thinking about their future goals.

  9. Sport helps children develop their motor skills and strengthen their muscles. When fine motor skills are developed, children will be more adept at handwriting or playing a musical instrument.

  10. Children who play regular sports have improved behaviour in school. 


On this SCITT course the Subject Specialist Lead will work with you throughout to develop your subject knowledge. The course will prepare you to teach physical education across the 11-18 age range. In conjunction with centre based training classes you will study key learning theories and methods and develop strategies to create engaging and motivating PE lessons which are intended to challenge and inspire your students. The Subject Days can be personalised and adapted to personal strengths and subject knowledge needs based on your two placements in partner schools.


We train PE teachers who are passionate about physical education, who motivate and inspire a love for learning and for physical activity, who encourage pupils to try and not fear failure but to learn from it, and who seek to teach outstanding and enjoyable lessons.

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