Hertfordshire’s Secondary PE Teaching and Learning Conference hailed a major success

Over 80 Physical Education teachers from across Hertfordshire’s secondary schools, recently gathered at the University of Hertfordshire for the inaugural Hertfordshire Secondary Schools PE Teaching and Learning Conference – organised by the Herts Sports Partnership in conjunction with the Youth Sport Trust.

The twilight event featured a keynote address on The Power of Physical Education delivered by Will Swaithes, Head of Physical Education and Achievement at the Youth Sport Trust. In a thought provoking address, Will recognised that with diminishing time for PE across all key stages within secondary education, evidence based ideas and solutions were needed, to drive the PE agenda as a key whole school improvement tool.

Delegates were also able to attend a further two interactive workshops from a diverse menu which covered subjects ranging from How to encourage disengaged teenage girls in PE to a practical handball session. Boys and mental health and the Transition from primary to secondary education around the PE agenda, were other popular choices.

Feedback from the event -which was offered at no cost to delegates – was highly positive, with attendees highlighting the need for further showcasing and sharing events of this kind. One delegate, Terry Graves – Assistant Headteacher at Greneway School near Royston, was particularly impressed and put on record his thanks to the organisers for bringing together like-minded PE professionals in such a positive, productive and sharing environment.

In welcoming the event Partnership Director of the Herts Sports Partnership John O’Callaghan said:

Physical Education and sport within secondary schools is facing some real challenges – particularly with greater priority now being given to GCSE PE examination results. Ensuring that pupils have a very positive experience around PE is an essential building block in creating a sporting habit for life, and in promoting active lifestyles.

The conference demonstrated once again, the quality of the PE teaching workforce in Hertfordshire and as the County Sports Partnership, we are committed to supporting their work as we fully appreciate the essential role played by these teaching professionals each and every day of the week.”

Conference presentations

Below are the downloadable links to the presentations given at the Hertfordshire Secondary PE Teaching and Learning Conference on Monday 18th September 2017.