PE - Beginnings of blether

26th February 2010 at 00:00

A new body for PE teachers has held the first of what it calls "blethers".

The Association for Physical Education Scotland, formed 18 months ago, brought 30 people together in Edinburgh earlier this month for wide- ranging and lively debate.

George Falconer, principal teacher at Lasswade High in Midlothian, discussed the benefits of taking part in and winning the "UK's Fittest School" competition; Dave McColgan introduced the Scottish Sports Alliance's manifesto (TESS, February 12).

Charlie Raeburn, former chairman of the School Sports Federation, highlighted the importance of strong partnerships between local authorities, clubs and other sporting bodies. That message was reinforced by Jackie Lynn, sportscotland schools and community sports manager.

Edinburgh City Council's Fiona Thomson talked about teaching children swimming, having helped devise the developmental Aquamoves approach. She highlighted the consequences of over-using some popular swimming aids.

Mike Jess, of Edinburgh University, issued draft copies of the association's position paper on PE. It will be launched during a conference at the university on March 26.

Association secretary Chris Wood said the presentations had been followed by "robust debate" on Curriculum for Excellence, what health and well- being looks like within CfE, and students' views on their placements.

The next "blether" will be held in Glasgow this spring.

- ctkwood@hotmail.com.

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