There are a great number of opportunities to challenge talented students in PE through a variety of activities both inside and outside lessons. Support is focused on developing both the students’ skills as a sports person and on the wider skills set that being a leading learner in sports can cultivate. There is an extensive range of extra- curricular sport activities offered to all students; before school, during lunchtimes and after school, with students competing for their school and borough. Participation in extra-curricular sports clubs is open to all students, although those students identified as particularly talented at sport will be targeted and encouraged to take part, further developing their particular sporting strengths as well as broadening their skills set through additional practical challenges.
Within lessons highly talented students are supported to develop their talents by being given leadership responsibilities, from equipment co-ordinators to coaching roles. Students are sometimes given the opportunity to lead warm-ups within lessons, again challenging both their practical sports competences and interpersonal skills. Each class has sports captains, and this is yet another opportunity through which exceptionally talented students can be encouraged to challenge and develop their sports leadership skills.
Further opportunities in which talented students can take on leadership roles and gain valuable experience is through the role of sports ambassadors and the developing exemplar committees. A Year 9 Cricket Club committee has recently been created where students can apply to take on a range of professional job roles such as marketing director, finance director, retention director and development director. These structures create opportunities for students to develop their understanding of the sport through emulating professional working models. In addition it can challenge and strengthen valuable sports leadership interpersonal skills, particularly in strengthening strategic thinking and emotional engagement. There are plans for similar models to grow from existing sports clubs and extra-curricular activities, creating further challenge for talented students.
At Key Stage 4 all learners have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through the sports leader programme. Talented students will be encouraged to challenge themselves further, through an extension of many of the opportunities created at Key Stage 3.
Opportunities to challenge talented learners in sport are continuously being reviewed with new initiatives are regularly being created by both staff and students.
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803