PE - Let's get physical
The Association for Physical Education in Scotland went to Aberdeen for its latest "blether".
The postgraduate certificate in primary PE at Edinburgh University has had a strong impact locally. Sixteen city teachers have completed the course and a further 15 are undertaking it now. Ian McIndoe, the headteacher of Kittybrewster Primary, who is doing it along with a class teacher in his school, said the profile of the subject had been raised "at a strategic level".
Jenny Thomson, the city's support officer for teachers on the course, was praised. She co-ordinates eight local tutors (recent graduates of the course) to plan and deliver CPD to their schools and colleagues. Her relationship with the university had maximised the benefits for pupils, speakers said.
The need for close work between primary and secondary PE teachers was a big issue, however, highlighted by St Machar Academy's Clayton Jamieson and Ellon Academy's Iain Stanger.
Olwen Fraser, of Meldrum Academy, stressed the importance of a shared philosophy from ages three to 18. That type of philosophy is set out in a paper produced by the PE association, which should reach all local authorities by the end of the month for distribution to schools.
Physical Education in Scotland in the 21st Century defines PE, physical activity and sport; sets out the rationale for PE within Curriculum for Excellence; and highlights aims and principles underpinning the subject.