New book gives first-hand look at Physical Education in 2020
At a time when keeping the nation in good health is of the utmost importance, PE professionals have quickly mobilised to find safe yet stimulating ways to keep young people active and learning – from virtual challenges, to real-time fitness classes, to gamification. Uniquely placed to tap into the grassroots of the PE profession, Shaun uses ‘Pivot, Flex, Adapt’ to give an unmatched look into how these new ways of teaching and learning have worked in practice.
Equipped with diary entries from teachers across the country, as well as case studies from leading school sport organisations, the book shines a light on how PE professionals adapted and innovated in 2020. Reflecting on the lessons learned across the sector, it ends by suggesting five priority areas through which the provision of physical education can continue to be developed and enhanced.
Entering the profession as a PE teacher over 30 years ago, Shaun has dedicated his career to showcasing the power of sport to the next generation of young people. In 2013, he became Head of Sport at United Learning and now works closely with over 80 schools in the Group, advising them on their PE curriculum and school sport programmes.
‘Pivot, Flex, Adapt’ is now available to order on Amazon here – https://amzn.to/3on92a2. It includes a Foreword by Sir Jon Coles, as well as welcomes from Olympic hockey gold medallist Alex Danson-Bennett MBE, Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson OBE and Paralympic paracanoe champion Emma Wiggs MBE.
Speaking about the book, Shaun said:
“When I first thought about writing this book in 2018, my aim was to capture 2020 from the perspective of those ‘on the ground’ of PE and school sport. But what was already set to be a transformative year for PE, propelled by an Olympic and Paralympic Games, is leaving an entirely different legacy.
“My sincerest thanks go to the PE teachers, school sport professionals and school-facing organisations across the country who have provided fantastic contributions to this book and whose efforts have inspired so many. I hope that ‘Pivot, Flex, Adapt’ provides an informative and interesting insight into this unprecedented year in PE and adds to already fruitful conversations around the innovation of the subject for the future.”