With schools racing to get up to speed with the new national curriculum across all subjects, it is very easy for certain areas to get overlooked, especially in a non-core subject. But as you read through the new PE curriculum, it is important to note the clear focus on evaluation and improvement of skills.

‘They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be taught to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.’                                  –

The National Curriculum in England, 2013

The idea of reviewing your work and picking out areas to improve is seen as key in our core subjects and it should be no different in PE. This does bring new challenges of course but there are ways to make it work.

Using scored tasks to help measure pupils’ performance and to base review and improve sessions on has really worked in my class. Pupils are really motivated by the competitive element and find it easier to assess their performance when there is an associated score. If you use Striver to support this, then pupils not only have a record of their progress but also access to videos, tips and games in which they could practise those skills they are working on. At each attempt of a task they can evaluate their own performance and get feedback on how to improve or develop from their teacher and also from their peers who may be watching or keeping score.

It is important for schools not to lose sight of these important aspects of the new national curriculum for PE and ensure that we are building those vital aspects of quality teaching into our planning for all subjects.

Derek