In this new, vibrant conference we will focus on the key priorities and latest issues that affect secondary PE and sport, with inspiring keynote sessions on how PE leaders and teachers can level the playing field and why there is a need to do this, what defines high quality PE and sport teaching and how to create the climate and culture for girls to engage and achieve in PE and sport.
The conference also includes sessions on high quality PE staff professional learning, spotting talent, stretching and challenging able students, using digital technology and AI to advance teaching and learning in PE and outstanding leadership of PE and Sport.
Will Swaithes is Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, Birmingham City University and Education Director at PEScholar, he has over 20 years’ experience in education with previous roles including Advanced Skills Teacher, Specialist Leader in Education, Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning and Head of PE and Achievement for the Youth Sport Trust. He has a Masters in Educational Leadership; continues to do considerable work for YST; contributes to the PGCE PE programmes at Loughborough University, University of Buckingham and runs the Secondary PE PGCE course at Birmingham City University along with guest lectures for a number of other ITT providers; leads the Head of PE network for two Nottinghamshire Teaching School Alliances; and also does a variety of other consultancy work. Will has a strong track record of authoring/ delivering training and has also published an OCR GCSE PE textbook.
Rebecca Berger-North is Head of Physical Education at Epsom College, leading a team of 9 PE teachers and 4 PE sport specialists. Prior to Epsom, she acted as Head of Girls’ Games at Kew House School. She graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science and is passionate about creating an interactive and exciting learning environment that maximises pupil involvement and outcomes. She completed an MA Education in 2020, with a dissertation focussing on pupil perceptions of the impact that sport and physical activity have on mental health and well-being.
Laura Buscombe is Director of Physical Education at Southend High School for Girls and has taught for 21 years in secondary PE. Southend High School has a reputation for sporting excellence built on a history of achieving multiple national, county and district titles underpinned by many students who have gained international sporting honours. She has led on the recent development of a programme of study that engages more female students in sports that have not previously featured in the competitive offer. She is passionate about developing inclusive, diverse academic and practical curriculums where girls see themselves in the content being taught. She has been instrumental in transitioning numerous girls into sport and exercise science in university with some progressing to complete PhDs in the area and take up research and consultancy positions.
Stuart Maddock is Head of Educational Technology at Millfield School and is a highly experienced teacher and teacher trainer. He has worked in educational settings in the UK and abroad for over twenty-five years and was a Head of Physical Education for fifteen years. He has an M. Ed from the Institute of Education, University College London, focusing on teaching and learning and technology in education and a qualification in Effective Online Tutoring from Oxford University. He also holds the Level 5 CIPD Diploma in Learning and Development. He is passionate about teacher learning and development and was Head of Academic Physical Education at Millfield School for seven years before becoming Director of Educational Technology. Stuart is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Trainer.
Marcus Sharrad is the Director of Coaching & Mentoring and Head of Exercise & Sport Sciences at Marlborough College, where he has worked since 2015-16, leading the department since 2016-17. During his time as Head of Department Marcus has overseen the redevelopment of the core physical education curriculum, aligning pupil experiences with research-driven functional movement and athletic development principles. In addition, placing a heavy strategic focus on the academic credentials of sport sciences at GCSE and A-Level has seen pupil uptake double, with enhanced grade profiles to match. Marcus is an Institute of Leadership & Management qualified professional coach, which, along with Level 3 Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support (TALS) qualification, sees him work with aspiring and current elite athletes.