If you are a PE specialist and haven't joined your subject association yet, don't rush. In Spring 2006, the new Association for Physical Education will be launched, following a merger of the British Association of Advisers and Lecturers in Physical Education, and the Physical Education Association, which consists mostly of teachers.
The new body, lead by Professor Margaret Talbot, formerly chief executive of the Central Council for Physical Recreation, will have a membership of 3,000 and wants to grow substantially by 2008.
The PEA's site has lots of information, including updates on the rules of games, excellent health and safety sections and details of insurance deals for personal accident, third party liability, professional indemnity, group holiday and personal accident cover for pupils.
Unfortunately, in the run up to the merger, the site has not been updated, so for up-to-date news, visit the baalpe site, where you'll find a good CPD section, courses, and documents including an excellent FAQ concerning workforce remodelling and PE.
If you want to join now there are no special offers yet, but baalpe is offering membership for the rest of this academic year for pound;37.50, while PEA UK has a reduced pound;35 membership fee for NQTs. All memberships will transfer to AFPE in the spring.
baalpe, Room SC26, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ. Tel: 01905 855584; www.baalpe.orgPhysical Education Association of the UK, Ling House, Building 25, London Road, Reading RG1 5AQ. Tel: 0118 378 6240; www.pea.uk.com