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Sport & Physical Education

At Accrington Academy, we believe that Physical Education is fundamental for all of our students. The delivery of high quality PE allows students to develop in areas such as physical health and fitness, as well as developing their problem-solving skills, teamwork, leadership skills, and tactical and strategic knowledge. It allows students to build on their confidence and self-efficacy, whilst reducing stress and strengthening peer relationships. It is therefore clear that PE plays a vital role in the lifelong development of a child; physically, mentally and socially.

We operate a 3 year KS3 and a 2 year KS4 and a 2 year KS5. Each Key stage works to the same philosophy and principles.

Hundreds of United Learning teachers and leaders have been involved in developing the United Learning Curriculum as a core academic curriculum, founded on these key principles:

Entitlement – We believe that Physical Education should be inclusive of all students and pupils should have access to high quality PE lessons despite their ability. We understand that every student is unique, and all students will be given the opportunity to progress and learn during their PE lessons. Students will be provided with attainable goals, as well as being challenged to achieve above and beyond. We operate the UL Physical Education and Health Curriculum and Assessment Framework (PEHCAF) that looks to ensure all students make progress and have positive experiences within PE.

Mastery – We want all students to achieve a full understanding of the knowledge and skills specified in the Curriculum for each year, and teaching should not move on until this is achieved. This is demonstrated through the recurrence of sports throughout the key stages.

Stability – We won’t constantly amend the Curriculum: while we should make occasional adjustments in the light of feedback and experience, we will aim for stability over many years, so that teachers can develop expertise, and we constantly build assessments and teaching materials to support the Curriculum.

Concepts not context – The Curriculum is intended as a concise specification of knowledge and content to be taught and learned; it is for schools and teachers to decide how to teach and bring it to life.

Our PE curriculum keeps our students healthy through participation through the subject, while teaching them the skills needed for a variety of sports, knowledge of rules and regulations, leadership skills, and the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle. As part of the curriculum all students get the opportunity to complete a leadership award; UL Fit to Lead as well as the chance to achieve the Sports Leaders UK Level 1 accredited qualification. We believe a student who is physically and mentally healthy is more likely to be prepared to meet the daily challenges of living in our society, and is more likely to make appropriate choices about lifestyles in later life.

Our PE curriculum keeps our students healthy through participation through the subject, while teaching them the skills needed for a variety of sports, knowledge of rules and regulations, leadership skills, and the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle. As part of the curriculum all students get the opportunity to complete a leadership award; UL Fit to Lead as well as the chance to achieve the Sports Leaders UK Level 1 accredited qualification. We believe a student who is physically and mentally healthy is more likely to be prepared to meet the daily challenges of living in our society, and is more likely to make appropriate choices about lifestyles in later life.

With thousands of pupils across United Learning following the same curriculum, we have been able to collaborate to devleop rigorous assessments in our subject area.  These are summative assessments which allow pupils to demonstrate their growing understanding of PE and enable teachers to assess the impact of their teaching. These summative assessments are typically taken three times a year, allowing teachers to focus on formative assessment from lesson to lesson.

We are particularly conscious of the role that literacy and vocabulary plays in unlocking the whole curriculum. Within the PE department our teachers explicitly teach the meaning of subject-specific language, which is embedded from KS3 where students look to develop their basic Anatomy and Physiology language. Knowledge organisers are also used to provide students with key information that they are expected to learn and recall with fluency, enabling them to develop their understanding of key concepts outside of their lessons.

The culmination of our PE and Health curriculum is that pupils leave our school with the confidence and intelligence to thrive. We know our pupils as individuals which enables us to provide curriculum guidance and careers guidance throughout their time with us. We expect all pupils to leave our school with the grades required to progress to their desired destination, and the character required to flourish once they get there. We believe that Physical Education is more than just teaching sport. It is a subject that focuses on developing skills and habits to ensure all young people have the knowledge and confidence to make appropriate lifelong health and wellbeing choices.

By teaching our curriculum well, and delivering education with character, we bring out the best in everyone.

Structure

Our curriculum structure works through a two-week timetable where every day has 5 x 1 hour lessons plus a registration / tutor time at the start of the day..

To find out more about our curriculum please contact our Vice Principal in charge of Quality of Education Mrs Christine Williams on Christine.williams@accrington-academy.org   or see our Curriculum policy.

 Our guided choices booklets also give us more detail on the programme of Guided choices from KS3 into KS4.

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Sport & Physical Education Staff

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Mrs S. Tahraoui

Mrs S. Tahraoui

Subject Lead - Physical Education

I have had a passion for Physical Education and Sport for as long as I can remember, especially...

Mrs S. Tahraoui

Mrs S. Tahraoui

Subject Lead - Physical Education

I have had a passion for Physical Education and Sport for as long as I can remember, especially enjoying my time at Sixth Form College, where I had a fantastic teacher who made both practical and theory elements fun and interesting! I have always been an active person and encourage others around me to be active also. I currently take part in Crossfit and look forward to entering some competitions soon as my skill level increases. My favourite aspect to the PE curriculum is Fitness Training as well as Anatomy and Physiology. I find it really interesting to learn about the body and how it can be affected by exercise, so much so that I still enjoy taking the time to research and broaden my own knowledge base. Hopefully students will find that this passion and enthusiasm for these topics is evident within my teaching.

Mr G. Weir

Mr G. Weir

Assistant Subject Lead Physical Education

PE is an integral part of the school curriculum; it provides students with the opportunity of...

Mr G. Weir

Mr G. Weir

Assistant Subject Lead Physical Education

PE is an integral part of the school curriculum; it provides students with the opportunity of developing their skills in sport and also helps develop qualities such as teamwork, leadership and communication. I have always had a passion for PE and sport ever since the age of 10, when I begun to have aspirations of being a PE teacher. I enjoy all aspects of PE, but my favourite would have to be GCSE and A level PE courses, because they are a combination of both theoretical and practical elements and it allows me to transfer my knowledge of both these areas to the pupils in my class. I do this by maximizing pupil participation and differentiating to suit all pupils needs to ensure everyone gets the best of their PE experience.PE is an integral part of the school curriculum; it provides students with the opportunity of developing their skills in sport and also helps develop qualities such as teamwork, leadership and communication. I have always had a passion for PE and sport ever since the age of 10, when I begun to have aspirations of being a PE teacher. I enjoy all aspects of PE, but my favourite would have to be GCSE and A level PE courses, because they are a combination of both theoretical and practical elements and it allows me to transfer my knowledge of both these areas to the pupils in my class. I do this by maximizing pupil participation and differentiating to suit all pupils needs to ensure everyone gets the best of their PE experience.

Miss S. Lawson

Miss S. Lawson

Teacher of Physical Education

From a very young age I have had a passion for sport and exercise. I have always wanted to become...

Miss S. Lawson

Miss S. Lawson

Teacher of Physical Education

From a very young age I have had a passion for sport and exercise. I have always wanted to become a PE teacher and inspire others to have a love for all things active. My favourite part of teaching PE is working with students with a wide variety of talent and skills and encouraging them to reach their potential. I like to ensure my lessons are creative and fun to keep pupils engaged throughout their time in PE. My aim is to ensure that students enjoy taking part in physical activity, understanding the benefits that it can have, and can maintain this mindset long into the future.

Mrs R. Kissock

Mrs R. Kissock

Teacher of Dance

After studying GCSE and A Level Physical Education I decided to complete a degree in Secondary...

Mrs R. Kissock

Mrs R. Kissock

Teacher of Dance

After studying GCSE and A Level Physical Education I decided to complete a degree in Secondary Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status to become a secondary PE teacher. I studied for three years at the University of Cumbria and completed secondary placements in a variety of schools before beginning my teaching career at Accrington Academy. I specialise in Dance, Gymnastics and Cheerleading and also have my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and B.E.L.A. I love learning about Anatomy and Physiology and educating about choices to a healthy lifestyle.

Mr A. Jeffries

Mr A. Jeffries

Head of Year 11 - Teacher of Physical Education

I have had a passion for Physical Education and Sport for as long as I can remember, especially...

Mr A. Jeffries

Mr A. Jeffries

Head of Year 11 - Teacher of Physical Education

I have had a passion for Physical Education and Sport for as long as I can remember, especially enjoying my time at Secondary School, where I had a fantastic teacher! My experiences throughout my early life really spurred me onto become a Teacher with a love for sport. I particularly enjoy seeing pupils reach their potential and introducing them to new sports and talents that they were not aware they had. My favourite sports are football and skiing, whereby I am a ski instructor and often head out to Europe at Easter to work. I support Blackburn Rovers and try to see as many games as I can throughout the season. I really enjoy travelling to new places in the world and soaking up their culture, I have recently returned from Poland whereby I visited Auschwitz, which was a very harrowing experience.

Miss H. Gregory

Miss H. Gregory

Associate Assistant Principal - Assistant Director of Sixth Form

Since secondary school and a Year 10 work placement, I have always known that teaching was a...

Miss H. Gregory

Miss H. Gregory

Associate Assistant Principal - Assistant Director of Sixth Form

Since secondary school and a Year 10 work placement, I have always known that teaching was a career that I wanted to pursue for a two main reasons: my love for sport and my fascination in how students learn. As subject leader of PE my passion lies within sport and fitness, and I gain great pleasure in teaching across both theory and practical elements that we deliver as a department. I have been teaching at the Academy for nearly 8 years, and I continue to be driven and enthusiastic and take great satisfaction from witnessing the students’ continuing development and progression across all elements of education. I believe my energy and enthusiasm are what spurs me on to make the Sixth Form the best it can be. Out of school I particularly enjoy running, going to the gym and socialising with friends. I am a keen enthusiast for travelling and sampling various cultures throughout the world.

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