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West Sussex PE Conference 2023

Two teachers clinging on to a grey wall with colour hand and feet bouldering grooves
One practical session trained teachers in how to teach bouldering to pupils

West Sussex PE teachers learn more about keeping pupils active

PE teachers across West Sussex gathered to learn more about how to ensure pupils get active and stay active.

In total 80 teachers attended the West Sussex PE Conference 2023, held at The Regis School in Bognor Regis on Monday, February 20.

The opening keynote was by Sharon Muxworthy, the FA Women and Girls regional officer, who urged teachers to learn from the success of England’s football team, The Lionesses.

She said:

“Positive female role models can encourage more girls to want to be more physically active. Get them listening, engaged, wanting to belong to what you are creating. Play for the little girls who want to be in your shoes.”

During the day there was a mixture of ten practical sessions, such as an indepth look at dodgeball, practical workshops on active maths and English lessons, and how to teach bouldering.

Networking sessions included looking at the benefits of physical activity, adopting easy changes for maximum impact, and knowing how to effectively use the PE and Sport Premium.

A marketplace, run by Active Sussex, involved 23 organisations offering different opportunities to schools, such as Sussex Cricket Foundation, Bursts, iMoves, BMX Academy and Enrich Foundation, which is the youth governing body of Quidditch.

Matt Cotten, PE lead at Thomas A Becket Junior School, in Worthing, attended the event and said:

“I go away with lots of quick wins and good ideas that I can go back and apply at my school.”

Lorraine Everard, co-organiser of the conference, said:

“We have run this conference for 12 years and every year it is fresh, content is always looked at and particularly taken into account schools need at that moment in time.”

Booking for next year’s event will open in October. For more information, visit westsussexpeconference.weebly.com

On Wednesday, March 8 get your school involved in the biggest ever football session #LetGirlsPlay for International Women’s Day.

Find out more by visiting: https://girlsfootballinschools.org/

Four teachers - one black man and three white women - sitting on the gym hall floor looking at and disucssing ways to teach gymnastics
Teachers discussing how to teach gymnastics
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