I am Chris Hall, secondary school Physical Education teacher at St Cyres School, Cardiff. I studied the BA (hons) Physical Education degree after my original career in the army. Having not been in education for some time, I was concerned about re-starting my academic studies, however the systems in place at the university meant a structure was in place to support with different aspects of my work, such as essay writing, work placements etc.
The course provided a great blend of theory and practical which enabled us to implement the theoretical work we were studying in lectures into teaching young people. By studying the BA (hons) Physical Education at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, not only did I develop my knowledge and understanding of physical education and youth sport, but also how to practically apply this through the teaching and coaching experiences provided. The degree set me up perfectly for the secondary PE PGCE and my current job as a secondary school PE teacher.
During my time at the university I became particularly interested in developing inclusive ways of teaching competitive, and health based fitness activities. I’ve now developed this further in my current practice where I look at how best we can use Physical Education lessons to support young people’s lifelong enjoyment in Physical Activity. I’ve also recently begun running some fitness classes for staff to support with their health and well-being.
Overall, I’d highly recommend the PE degree to anyone looking to become Physical Education specialist in either primary or secondary school.