External experience blended with everyday intelligence.
I guess I might be a little bias but I 100% believe external companies are better for teaching P.E. then the everyday teacher.
Now I don’t mean that in a rude way, the everyday teacher is an everyday superhero. The amount of
planning, teaching and of course, the will power to put up with the job at times is incredible.
I’ve not been involved in teaching P.E. in schools for that many years, but one thing I have learnt is if
a school was a computer the teachers are SIRI- THEY KNOW EVERYTHING and we as external
companies should never forget this, use it to our advantage.
Since the Sports Plus Scheme started up in the West Midlands sports funding for outside companies
has really grown, but it’s not just about the money we aren’t all Man City mind-sets, it’s about the
extra planning and helping the start up for coaches in schools.
The 2012 Olympics in London really kicked on sports/P.E. in schools. It helped the country recognise
we need to do more for the kids, offer more sports, more after school clubs and more chances for
them to be active. And this is where we come in, as specialist coaches we strive to teach the kids about all P.E.and sports in the national curriculum, ensuring we find the right challenges in order for them to keep progressing at their pace, not ours.
Unlike class teachers, we specialise solely in sports while class teachers are expected to learn
everything on the curriculum. At Believe and Achieve sports we channel all our focus into mastering
every sports and making sure we know how all sports work e.g. rules and regulations.
Advice time- although we are employed as sports coaches, try to encourage other subjects into your
lesson. It can be quite hard but the children love it, it shows them you care about the rest of their
school life and children love the attention!
I try to encourage maths, if you take away the classroom add in a couple of number questions, you’ll
find the perfect formula between maths and P.E. it can cause quite a divide and some children hate
maths, but the overall percentage of the class love a tricky question from time to time. (See what I
did there, it’s easy to incorporate)
I can’t sit here and say I’m more experienced than teachers at behaviour management, if anything
I’m the Harry Kane with a good couple of first years doing it, but the teachers are the Shearers, seen
it all, done it all and won it all. What I can say though is when it comes to P.E. and coaching sports I
like to say I’m pretty strong.
This leads me to my final point about being an external coaching company, to always use your
resources within school and when it comes to behaviour management, the teachers are the game
I say I hear not us, but I might be very experienced in teaching a child how to kick, how to run with
the right technique or how to run a P.E. session, but teachers work with these children every day.
They know what they react to, what works with each child, and if the children have any particular
So my advice is use your resources to the best of your ability but don’t ever be afraid to ask other
teachers for help, because it will only help the lesson run smoothly.