The acronym PECS stands for Physical Education Curriculum Support. In a nutshell, it is a programme of mentoring for primary school teachers that enhances their knowledge and confidence in teaching PE.
The programme is led by expert mentors on a 1-to-1 basis, focusing on identifying areas where teachers can develop in order to improve pupil outcomes in PE. Teachers are offered regular, ongoing support with plenty of opportunities for self -reflection. The activities involved will include collaborative teaching activities, formative planning and assessment, and expert input for anything related to primary school PE. The whole programme is supported by comprehensive impact data, made available to schools through a cutting-edge online platform.
Something refreshingly different
The PECS programme distinguishes itself from other professional development opportunities in PE. It is more than a one-day training course or a standalone activity, and it goes beyond the typical 'team teaching' approach offered by many sports coaching providers. It is a development programme designed to impart good practice that is sustainable and transformative. It has been painstakingly developed by teachers, for teachers, and is recognised by the Association for Physical Education (afPE) for providing high -quality learning for teachers.
An honest look
PE is as important as any other subject for primary school pupils. The responsibility of educators is to provide professional leadership and management to deliver high-quality teaching, utilise resources effectively and improve the standards of achievement and learning for pupils. Schools need to honestly answer the following questions with regards to their provision of physical education:
Are your teachers confident in their delivery of PE lessons?
Are your teachers undertaking effective professional development in PE?
Do you have evidence of your Primary PE and School Support Premium to present to Ofsted?
Are pupils demonstrating real progress in PE?