SP5033 - Contemporary Issues in PE and School Sport (PESS)

What will I learn on this module?

The module is designed to provide students with an insight into a range of contemporary UK education, and Physical Education (PE) specific policies, strategies and initiatives published by professional bodies and government departments. More broadly, students will critically discuss and analyse a range of contemporary strategies impacting on PE and School Sport (PESS). Particular attention will be directed to the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for PE at Key Stages 1 to 4 enshrined in the new NCPE, and the impact that the PE and Sport Premium has had on the delivery of primary school PE. Students will develop awareness of the shifting role of the PE teacher and sports coach as well as other contemporary issues such as obesity, intensity training and inclusion.

How will I learn on this module?

The taught content will be delivered and provided in a variety of formats, and you will be able to access materials on the eLP. There will be the opportunity to work in smaller groups with discipline specific members of staff who will facilitate context driven discussion and learning. You will also be set independent tasks informed by key literature to complete outside of class time to further develop your understanding of the taught content. The module will also include information led by the Programme Leader of the North-East School-Centred Initial PE Teacher Training and Post-Graduate Certificate in Education in PE, providing students with a unique insight into expectations and responsibilities of current PE teachers.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, and all staff members provide tutorial time outside of class time. Module tutors will provide you with the necessary information on how to arrange a tutorial. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, and you will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial. There are also further academic skills support available from the University Library services where you can gain access to study skills / academic writing and support materials, as well as links to booking both on and off campus study skills sessions.

If this module is in option pot two for your programme, you will receive advice and guidance at a module options event to help you make an informed decision about how it fits with your own academic and professional development. Online pre-learning material will be made available to help you prepare for the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Analyse the roles and responsibilities of a PE teacher and sports coach in PESS;
2. Critically discuss contemporary government’s initiatives and policy on PESS;
3. Explain the requirements of assessing risk and the need for safe practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Discuss the impact of contemporary issues when teaching PE in terms of strategy and content.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas effectively.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment:
Seen Exam (2 hours); Section One of the exam will consist of essay style question/s that must be answered by all students.
Section 2 will consist of a choice of seen questions requiring the collation of evidence of contemporary issues in PESS. Seminars and directed tasks will provide the foundation for the collation of evidence used to answer the seen essay question. [MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Formative Assessment
Formative assessment will be provided to students on an individual and group basis throughout seminars and tutorials giving the opportunity for the student to discuss and build on the knowledge gained from the lectures. Students will work individually, in small and large groups on the written tasks, case studies and worksheets enabling them to develop their interpersonal and group skills by providing feedback on the tasks set.

Summative Feedback
You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.





Module abstract

Contemporary Issues in PESS aims to introduce some of the notable changes to PE in recent years, and examines how these changes have impacted on the delivery of PE in primary and secondary school contexts. These changes include the National Curriculum for Physical Education and the PE and Sport Premium to be used to enhance the quality of the delivery of PESS in primary schools. The module is an important pre-requisite for applying for teacher training in PE. Accordingly, the module will equip students with some of the key skills needed as a PE teacher, enhancing your employability skills.

Course info

UCAS Code CB65

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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