SP5011 - Contemporary Issues in PE and School Sport (PESS)

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What will I learn on this module?

The module is designed to provide students with an insight into a range of contemporary UK education, and Physical Education (PE) specific policies, strategies and initiatives published by professional bodies and government departments. More broadly, students will critically discuss and analyse a range of contemporary strategies impacting on PESS. Most notably, these include the PE and Sport Premium and the New National Curriculum for PE (NCPE). Particular attention will be directed to the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for PE at Key Stages 1 to 4 enshrined in the new NCPE, and the impact that the PE and Sport Premium has had on the delivery of primary school PE. Linked to the PE and Sport Premium, students will develop awareness of the shifting role of the PE teacher and sports coach as well as other contemporary issues such as obesity, intensity training and inclusion.

How will I learn on this module?

Students will learn on this module through a combination of lectures and seminars. Seminar activities will be mostly student-led and will feature both independent and group tasks. The module will also include one lecture to be led by the Programme Leader of the North-East School-Centered Initial PE Teacher Training and Post-Graduate Certificate in Education in PE.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Staff teaching on this module will be available for individualised (or group), pre-booked meetings. The meetings are at specified times and are available via sign-up or emailing the specified member of staff. Any module related concerns will be directed to the module lead. Meetings will provide students with an opportunity to seek guidance on matters relating to module content, feedback on formative and summative assessments, in addition to more general concerns and enquiries related to the module.

Students will also have access to a discussion board. The discussion board will provide students with a forum to direct any assessment related questions or concerns. Students will be actively encouraged to direct their assessment related questions to the discussion board (rather than in seminars) to ensure that students are given a consistent message in relation to their assessments. The discussion board will be accessed weekly be a member of the module team who will respond to student queries.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Analyse the roles and responsibilities of a PE teacher and sports coach in PESS.
2. Critically discuss contemporary government’s initiatives and policy on PESS.
3. Explain the requirements of assessing risk and the need for safe practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Discuss the impact of contemporary issues when teaching Physical Education in terms of strategy and content.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas effectively.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment:
1. Seen Exam (long/essay style questions) require the collation of evidence of contemporary issues in PESS. The directed tasks for seminars will receive formative feedback and also form the foundation for the collation of evidence used to answer the seen essay question. [MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Formative Assessment
Formative assessment will be provided to students on an individual and group basis throughout seminars and tutorials giving the opportunity for the student to discuss and build on the knowledge gained from the lectures. Students will work individually, in small and large groups on the written tasks, case studies and worksheets enabling them to develop their interpersonal and group skills by providing feedback on the tasks set.





Module abstract

Contemporary Issues in PESS aims to introduce some of the notable changes to PE in recent years, and examines how these changes have impacted on the delivery of PE in primary and secondary school contexts. These changes include the 2014, National Curriculum for Physical Education and the PE and Sport Premium to be used to enhance the quality of the delivery of PESS in primary schools. The module is an important pre-requisite for applying for teacher training in PE. Accordingly, the module will equip students with some of the key skills needed as a PE teacher.

Course info

UCAS Code C6X1

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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