At Ashton on Mersey School, Physical Education and Sport has played an integral role in the development of the school’s ethos since the school gained Specialist Sports College status in 1998. The impact that sport has had on the school can be measured by the increase in overall school attainment, participation levels and a flexible curriculum that individually caters for the needs of all students. Coupled to this is the relationship that we have developed with a number of local HEIs and the strategic timetabling of our own staff in the delivery of university modules. The school has also been at the forefront of local and national sporting initiatives and has been involved in pilot projects centred on the national curriculum and vocational learning. The school was also one of the first to develop the school sport partnerships and still retains a key role in the organisation of local sport for secondary and primary schools through the hosting of a School Games Organiser (SGO). This has allowed us to maintain a purposeful working relationship with over one hundred schools.
We utilised this expertise to deliver a high quality Primary with Physical Education (PE) programme. This programme develops you as a primary teacher with a PE specialism. This will allow you to take a leading role for PE within a primary setting. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a national initiative to increase the quality of PE in the primary context.
Our Primary with PE Programme is delivered through via our SCITT with Masters Level study delivered by Manchester Metropolitan University. The training lasts for one academic year (September-July). On completion of the training year you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status with a PGCE (SCITT).
The programme starts with an intensive ‘Summer School’ during August 2016. This enhances existing sporting skills in a range of sports, in partnership with recognised sports bodies (such as the Lawn Tennis Association, Rugby Football Union, Football Association, England & Wales Cricket Board).
It consists of school-based training and centre-based training days. Each trainee will train across at least two school placements.
Our Primary with PE Programme has four areas of learning:
- Centre Based Learning – session based activities delivered at Ashton on Mersey School or Masters Level study at Manchester Metropolitan University.
- School Based Learning – learning activity completed at your placement schools
- Guided Learning – learning completed on an individual basis
- Elective Learning – This allows you (with the help of course leaders) to select an area of focus tailoring the programme to your own needs or interests.