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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 primary education sector, I will be sharing the latest in excellent practice and discussing what makes PE 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 own teaching practice and providing you with the tools, ideas and resources to take ACTION! So come and join me under the PE Umbrella!
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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.

 

 

Nov 19, 2023

On this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast I am joined by Leeds Beckett professor of PE, David Morley and professor of athletic development at the school of sport, Kevin Till.

In this episode we have an in-depth conversation around physical literacy, the new consensus statement, the launch of the centre for child and adolescent physical literacy at Leeds Beckett and how all of this ties in with the Primary PE landscape.

This is an episode well worth a listen.  Join in the conversation and be sure to let us know your thoughts on the socials.

Nov 12, 2023

Welcome back to The PE Umbrella podcast, your CPD on the go for ALL things Primary PE.

This week I am joined by lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, Dr Tom Van Rossum.  In this episode we talk about Early movement and Fundamental Movement skills.  Are they important?  Are children achieving a good level?  What does the current landscape look like?  All of this and so much more!  

 

So what are you waiting for?  Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella.

Oct 16, 2022

Welcome to  episode 220 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by primary school teacher and PE lead Mr Peter Harding.

On this episode we talk about life as a PE lead and class teacher, diving into his worst ever lesson, key ingredients for successful PE and class management tips.

So what are you waiting for?
Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella.

Note pad ready!

Jul 3, 2022

Welcome to episode 219 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined for a second time by the inspiring Mike Kuczala. In this episode we take a look into what it takes to become a 'peak performing' teacher.

We dive into 'living the physical life' breath work, gratitude and much more, so what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jun 25, 2022

Welcome to episode 218 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined for a second time on the show by Mark Carter. Mark was first a guest in episode 184 so if you haven't listened to that yet, be sure to delve back into the archives!

In this episode, we take a look at Mark's new book 'A year of Primary PE' and start to unpick the principles and teachings behind how it was put together. The discussion was deep and there were plenty of knowledge bombs to take away, from tips, activities and teaching ideas.

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jun 18, 2022

Welcome to episode 217 and the return of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by children's book author and leadership and education consultant Dr Beth Brown. In this episode we take a deep dive into character education, life skills and how to best nurture them in our own children and pupils. During this chat, we talk about Beth's book, The adventures of Divot & Swish and how she was inspired to write the stories as a means to instil life skills such as resilience in our children.

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Oct 24, 2021

Welcome to episode 216 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by lecturer and researcher Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan.

On this bumper length episode, we dive into all things Primary PE with a mixture of rabbit holes explored too! From PE misconceptions, the importance of FMS to finding the balance between challenge and exclusion, there is something in here for you! Not to mention the show regular questions such as:

- What currently excites you in the PE space

- Favourite warm-up/Instant starter?

- Worst ever PE lesson taught and what you learned?

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Oct 17, 2021

Welcome to episode 215 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by the co-founders of School Sport Psychology Helen Davis & Liz Barker In this episode we talk about the power of psychology both from a teachers perspective and also what this brings to our pupils if embedded in their education. Through this discussion, we learn about the 5 modules of school sport psychology, mind, feelings, drive, talk and me. For each module, we break down what they mean for a pupil and how they help foster skills that are transferable throughout everyday life.

At a time when wellbeing has never been a higher priority for everybody, this is the perfect listen.

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella.

Jul 25, 2021

Welcome to episode 214 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by the headteacher of Water Primary and now a two-time guest of the show Chris Willan. His first appearance on the show back in episode 123 was a huge hit and changed the way that many viewed the PESSPA landscape in their schools.

Now, Chris is back to talk us through how he's coped in the Covid pandemic and why PESSPA remains as important as ever at the heart of his school.

All of this and so many other side conversations, consider this your FREE Primary PE CPD on the go! So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella.

Jul 18, 2021

Welcome to episode 213 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by the director of Moving Matters Rob Wilkinson.

On Rob's second PE Umbrella appearance we find out how he has evolved in the past 5 years and talk about the current primary PE landscape. Talking points include:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

All of this and so many other side conversations, consider this your FREE Primary PE CPD on the go! So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella.

Jun 27, 2021

Welcome to episode 212 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by primary PE specialist teacher and PE lead Dan Brewer.  It was a treat to sit down and talk with somebody who is on the front line delivering and leading primary PE and gain their perspective on a number of topics.

Talking points include:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

Don't forget the many side conversations and topics that we regularly tap into, this is an episode that you're going to love! So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jun 20, 2021

Welcome to episode 211 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by the director of Dream Big sports and Active Education Co Dale Harris. On this episode, we learn more about Dale, what makes him tick and his desire to help change the Primary PE landscape for the better!

Talking points include:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

All of this and so many other side conversations, consider this your FREE Primary PE CPD on the go! So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella.

Jun 13, 2021

Welcome to episode 210 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by teacher educator Will Swaithes to discuss ALL things PE.

On this feature-length episode, I have the pleasure of talking with Will about a whole host of topics that provide amazing insights into PE and life. From books that need to be read to the importance of modelling vulnerability, we then dive into curriculum design through understanding context and implementation.

Not only that, but we also field many of the show regular questions to Will to get his take from his many years of experience.

These include:

- What currently excites you in the PE space

- Key ingredients for a Primary PE lesson

- Worst ever PE lesson taught and what you learned?

This is a cracker!

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jun 6, 2021

Welcome to episode 209 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by primary PE specialist and now repeat guest Brendan Rouse. In this episode we talk with Brendan about the past 12 months and teaching through Covid, including his thoughts, reflections and ideas of what moving forward may look like.

Talking points include:

- What excites you right now in the PE space?

- Are pupils ready to learn upon returning to school?

- What does/should/would a catch-up curriculum look like?

- What did you learn over lockdown that you will continue to do?

All of this and so much more to help you in your own Primary PE teaching journey! So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella.

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