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The three PE characters to tackle for smoother lessons

One experienced primary teacher reveals his tactics for handling pupils who disrupt physical activities

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In my 15 years of teaching in primary schools, I’ve discovered that most teachers can be tripped up by the same characters in lessons involving physical activity.

One cold winter’s evening, I concocted a test and a conclusion to solve this issue, and I’ve boiled it down to three key “PE personalities”. These personalities can quickly become disruptive if the appropriate action is not taken swiftly.

1. The reluctant runner

This “disengaged” pupil will often forget their kit and shy away from answering questions.

The challenge: To ensure that they become an included and valued member of the ...

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