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Partnership Working with University of Worcester

Partnership working is a huge part of our every day at South Bromsgrove.  This post describes some work carried out in partnership with University of Worceser, Institute of Education and the PGCE PE cohort in preparation for their school placements.  We are grateful to Kim Hibbert-Mayne for providing this account of the day.

At South, we are proud of the relationships we have built with a number of different schools and institutions. The benefits of partnership working are numerous and we are particularly keen to develop links with University departments. In doing so, our teachers can benefit from the knowledge, expertise and research of University tutors, whilst gaining important feedback on the day-to-day workings of their department and their classroom practice. On 15th September 2018, we were delighted to welcome 15 trainees from University of Worcester, PGCE Core programme to our PE department to spend the day preparing for their school placements. Their tutor, Kim Hibbert-Mayne, shares the benefits of the day.

“The aim of the day was for the PE department at South to provide trainees with the opportunity to observe a number of lessons in groups of 4. Trainees practised using different observation forms for different focusses and development purposes e.g. classroom management, behaviour management, examination within PE etc.

The day began with the Head of Department and PE SLE, Rob Law, providing the cohort with an overview of the department’s provision in the school’s brilliant training room. In providing the context of the school and the department, trainees were given something to compare their placement schools to when completing their induction tasks.

To top off our very warm welcome and exposure to the departments excellent work, the trainees got to support and then experience a debate between A Level pupils and judge practical moderation footage against GCSE assessment criteria. Two experiences I’m sure they will remember in the future.”

One trainee commented In terms of subject knowledge, the lessons on GCSE and BTEC PE were very useful. Although I have previously sat and observed multiple A-Level PE lessons within classrooms, I feel that in order to lead these sessions further I would need to learn how to teach in a classroom rather than in a sporting setting. The observation of these lessons was a useful introduction into how these lessons should look and run.” (prospectus photo of PE lesson attached)

Rob Law, SLE PE and Head of Department commented “A key benefit behind this event is to continue to build the working relationship with the university. Our links with the university allow our students to see the bigger picture as well as provide a career pathway.  Days like today also support our own department in gaining recognition for their expertise as well as affording the team a professional development opportunity through picking up feedback and ideas surrounding current teaching theories. It’s always nice to have a day to demonstrate our provision and receive such nice words.”