THE PRIMARY PE PODCAST is for teachers, coaches, headteachers - and especially PE Subject Leads at primary schools.
I work for Ministry of Football and the Football Association's PE Unit. My passion is play and - in particular - the joy and connection that happen when people come together to play and move. I am an ex-teacher, with a degree in statistics, and a background in coaching, mentoring and tutoring. The England FA is the third national governing body for football that I have worked for (previously I have worked in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand).
Kat Whittall - using a platform to support teachers to deliver better PE
Together with her business partner, Nat Richardson, Kat has developed GetSet4PE, a company which aims to support class teachers to deliver better PE. In this inspiring conversation, we discuss her background and journey.
I first met Kat in 2014 when I visited Montem Primary School in Islington, where her company were providing coaches for PE lessons.
More details on GetSet4PE, plus Kat and Nat's contact details are available at:
Jack Sloan and Isla Findlay - Help! I'm the new PE Subject Lead
We meet headteacher Jack Sloan and his new PE Subject Lead Isla Findlay, from Hanover Primary. Jack tells us why he has switched to class teacher delivery of PE at the school, and Isla tells us what she's done so far to understand and start to improve the subject delivery.
Sam Garrood - Using data to enhance enjoyment, inclusion and expectations
Sam is a Y6 class teacher and PE subject lead at Winton Primary School in Islington, London. On this podcast, he talks about using data to track children's enjoyment and inclusion in PE and school sport at Winton.
It is interesting in particular to listen to the way Sam describes his relationship with sports coaches at the school. We often frame these relationships as coach mentoring the teacher, but Sam explores why actually this might be more appropriately framed the other way round - as subject lead mentoring the coach.
All the documents Sam talks about are available to view at the Winton Primary School website.
Karl Beckford - "What's Love got to do with it?"
In our first podcast on primary school PE, we meet Karl Beckford of Team Kick Start. Karl is a therapist and PE coach at Canonbury Primary School in Islington. Listen to how Karl has developed a culture for sport, PE and growth at the school - based on strong, personal, caring relationships.