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The PE Umbrella | Podcasting ALL things Primary Physical Education

Ryan Ellis here, the founder and host of the PE Umbrella, a Primary Physical Education podcast that discusses all things PE. Interviewing inspiring practitioners from the education sector, I will be sharing the latest in excellent practice and discussing what makes PE, physical activity and sport such an important tool to engage and enhance the learning of children (across the curriculum) so they are ready to leave school with a solid platform to lead a healthy lifestyle and enjoy lifelong physical activity! I will share insights into what makes the top practitioners of today tick, asking about their favourite PE resources, what activities are a must-have in the locker for any teacher and success stories about WHAT REALLY WORKS! All in all, the PE Umbrella is about inspiring YOU in YOUR teaching practice and providing you with the tools, ideas and resources to take action! So what are you waiting for? Come and join me under the PE Umbrella!
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Jun 23, 2024

With me under the umbrella this week is the primary PE lead at British school Jakarta, Jo Heaume.  In this conversation we learn about Jo's journey to teaching internationally and exactly what makes PE tick in her school.  Ideas, tips and thoughts to mull over are all here in this episode, so what are you waiting for?

Come on over and join us under the PE Umbrella.

Jun 16, 2024

In this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast, I am joined by PE mentor and coach for primary PE teachers who teach or want to teach in an international school, Gemma Craker.

We talk through Gemma's own PE story and unpick her perspectives on the subject that we all love.  From lesson advice to  practical tips, it's all here, so what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join us under the umbrella.

Jun 9, 2024

In this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast I am joined by PE Lead Shauna Pemberton.

As an experienced primary teacher leading the subject, Shauna is making a real difference to the lives of the pupils in her school community, putting PE and physical activity at the heart of change.  She shares with us her relationship with the subject before offering her insights into how you can embrace PE in your school too.

  • Lesson tips
  • Activities
  • Class management
  • Curriculum

It's all here, so what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join us under The PE Umbrella!

May 12, 2024

This week on the PE Umbrella podcast I am joined by PE and swim lead, Sam Horton.  As somebody living and breathing leading the subject on a day-to-day basis, Sam is somebody who is in the know and it was fascinating to hear his perspective on the subject.

In this episode you can expect some great nuggets of information that you can take away and try in your own setting.  So what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join us under the umbrella.

 

May 5, 2024

Joining me on The PE Umbrella podcast this week is the Head of PE at the Alice Smith school Kuala Lumpur and the chair of FOBISIA PE and sport executive committee, Anna Sheppard.  

PE perspectives, insights and advice are just some of what Anna shares, so what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join us under the umbrella.

Apr 28, 2024

On this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast, I am joined by senior lecturer in sport, PE and development at the University of East London, Mo Jafar.  

I can't wait for you to hear this one, it was a truly fascinating and organic conversation with Mo about PE and the current implications across the landscape.  So what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join me under the umbrella!

Apr 21, 2024

With me under the umbrella this week is PE teacher at Capital Tokyo international school Hugo Pires.  

Lots of people have asked for Hugo to join me under the umbrella and I am delighted that we were finally able to make it happen.  This was an insightful conversation into Hugo's perspectives on PE and how he has brought Parkour to his students in Japan.

I can't wait for you to listen to this episode, so what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us under The PE Umbrella.

Apr 14, 2024

On this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast I am joined by the deputy headteacher at the British International School in Riyadh and co-host of the infinite learners podcast, Lewis Keens.

We discuss all things PE and in particular the importance of moving the 'right' way and staying true to our roots of movement as the unique USP of Physical education.  You won't want to miss this one.  

So what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join us under the umbrella.

 

Mar 31, 2024

With me under the umbrella this week is another one of the most high-profile guests I have ever had on the show He is the other half of the Ellis clan, Jiu Jitsu savage, master doodler, and all-round kind-hearted soul, my son, Oliver.

In this episode I learn about how he views PE as he approaches his final few months of primary school and summarise how these may have been shaped.

I'm very proud of both Oliver and Penelope and the honest and articulate answers they have shared over the past few weeks.

Mar 24, 2024

On this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast I invited my daughter to talk with me about Primary School PE.

This brief chat provides an insight into the inner workings of Penelopes mind when it comes to the subject of PE and how she perceives it.  As with everything, context is key.  Penelope has a dad who lives and breathes primary PE.  I afford her the opportunity to attend out-of-school activities to further her physical, social and emotional development because I value it so highly and I am under no illusions that these can, and probably do bias some of her views.

However, this short episode was recorded in one take and Penelope had no prior warning of the questions I was going to ask beyond knowing they would be about PE.  It was fascinating to hear the thoughts of essentially our 'target audience' as practitioners, and the messages, whether intentional or unintentional, she is picking up.  

Stay tuned at the end of the recording as I try to unpick and make sense of some of her answers...

Mar 17, 2024

On this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast, I am joined by professor of Physical Education and Pedagogy at Loughborough University, Dr Ash Casey.

In this conversation, we learn how Ash formed his relationships and perceptions around Physical Education and how these have been challenged and evolved through the years.  We also learn some insights into Models-based practice and in particular, Cooperative learning as a model through which to deliver a Physical Education unit of learning.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join us under the umbrella.

Mar 10, 2024

This week on The PE Umbrella podcast I am joined by former secondary PE teacher, PE lead and author of the hugely successful book 'Wanna teach PE?' Ben Holden.

In this episode I was keen to explore the implications for secondary trained practitioners and their place in the primary PE landscape, and ultimately the views held on what primary PE is and what it could/should be!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join me under the umbrella!

Mar 3, 2024

Joining me under the umbrella this week is professor at the University of Kentucky Aaron Beighle for his third appearance on the show.

In this episode we talk about aspirations for PE and the curriculum in the UK and America as well as his take on concept-based learning, sports and all the other show favourite questions.  This is an episode that you just can't afford to miss.  

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us under the umbrella.

Feb 25, 2024

In this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast I am joined by former Primary school teacher, PE lead and now PE consultant for Beyond the Physical, Dan Wilson.

I have known Dan for a number of years right back since the beginning of my own teaching career and when it comes to primary PE, he is the real deal.  Having seen him at work and teaching children and adults alike, he is an outstanding practitioner and it was wonderful to finally sit down and chat with him about all things Primary PE. 

So what are you waiting for?  Come and join us under the umbrella.

Feb 18, 2024

On this week's episode of The PE Umbrella podcast I am joined by the author of 'Inclusive PE for SEND children', occupational therapist and SEND parent, Faith Newton.

During this episode, inclusion is the focus of our discussions as we explore strategies that cater to all learners, whether neurodivergent or neurotypical.  Faith shares with us practical tips and pieces of advice that I wish I had known earlier in my career that might make a huge difference in the work that you do.

So what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join us under the umbrella.  

 

Feb 11, 2024

On this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast, I am joined by the assistant deputy CEO of the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) Dr Vanessa King.

Join us for a conversation on ALL things Primary PE, from actionable tips to deeper thinking scenarios, it's all here.  So what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join us under the umbrella.

Jan 28, 2024

On this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast I am joined by PE lecturer at Plymouth Marjon University and host of The PE Insights Podcast, Nathan Walker.

In this episode we go deep into ALL things primary PE as Nathan shares all with us.  From theory, practice and his own practical PE insights, it's all here.

So what are you waiting for?  Come and join us under the PE umbrella!

Jan 21, 2024

On The PE Umbrella podcast this week, I am joined by qualified primary school teacher, Sam Gregory.

Sam brings a unique and fresh perspective to the primary PE landscape having only recently qualified as a teacher.  He has a deep passion for physical education and is pursuing some interesting work in this space for his PhD studies at Leeds Beckett University.

In this episode, we explore Sam's journey into teaching and investigate some of the actionable tips and advice that he has learned along the way.  So what are you waiting for?  Grab that notepad and join us under The PE Umbrella.

 

 

Jan 14, 2024

This week I am joined under the umbrella by Senior Lecturer at Birmingham Newman University and author of the SHARP principles Dr Emma Powell.

During this episode we discuss, check and challenge all things primary PE, sharing actionable advice for you to think about, take away and implement in your own setting. 

So what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join us under The PE Umbrella!

Jan 7, 2024

Joining me under the umbrella this week is head of PE, author of 'Is PE in crisis?' and co-author of the Primary Concept Curriculum, Lee Sullivan.

In this episode we unpick whether PE is in crisis and delve into a myriad of primary PE-related topics.  So what are you waiting for?  Come and join us under the umbrella.

Dec 24, 2023

With me under the umbrella this week is educator, researcher and practitioner, specialising in physical development and movement in the Early Years, Dr Lala Manners.

Come and join us for a rich conversation on the importance of early movement opportunities and be sure to grab that notepad!

Dec 17, 2023

This week I am joined on The PE Umbrella podcast by PE specialist, Ben Shields.  Ben has worked in the space for many years now and this has seen him teaching all over the world before now settling down in Australia.  He has many tips, tricks and stories to share that will help you in your teaching of primary PE and I can'tt wait for you to listen.

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us under the umbrella!

Dec 10, 2023

Joining me under the umbrella this week is senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and now repeat guest of the show, Sarah Williams.

On her first outing, Sarah gave us some of the shows most talked-about moments to date and in this episode, there's plenty more of those.  So grab your note pad and pen, and come and join us for a conversation about all things primary PE.

Dec 3, 2023

This week on The PE Umbrella Podcast I am joined by Adrian Bethune to talk about all things Primary PE, Physical Activity and Wellbeing.  

It was a pleasure speaking with Adrian as he opened up about his own struggles and then shared strategies he has successfully used in his own schools to put pupils wellbeing at the heart of what he did.

So what are you waiting for?  Come and join us under the umbrella.

 

Nov 26, 2023

On this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast I am joined by PE teacher of 20 years, Head of student opportunities at International school in Kindom of Saudi Arabia and author of the book Happiness factories – a holistic approach to PE, Phil Mathe.

So what are you waiting for? Grab that note pad and come and join us under the PE Umbrella.

 

 

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