Supporting teachers’ professional judgment in physical education
The meeting focused on learning, teaching and assessment. Specifically, what countries have in place to support professional judgement. Opportunities arose throughout the three days to discuss what we mean by ‘understanding standards’ and how each country supports teachers to develop their confidence, knowledge and skills to make professional judgements on performance.
The overall objective of physical education is to support young people to experience the joy of movement; to develop the skills, knowledge, capabilities and attributes that are the foundation for an active lifestyle and life-long enjoyment of physical activity. This meeting provided an appropriate forum for professional dialogue around these retrospective standards and whether they rightly reflect the rationale of each country’s PE curriculum from a sport or health perspective.
Suzanne Hargreaves, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland welcomed the delegates to Glasgow. After introductions, she outlined the three day programme. Objectives of the meeting, ways of working and protocols were agreed. She then gave a presentation on ‘The education context in Scotland’. This set the scene for the school visits on Day 2 – at the Chatelherault Primary School, Hamilton and the Calderglen High School, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire.