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Is PE teaching the easiest teacher job?

Discussion in 'Physical education' started by Happygopolitely, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    My knees are b*ggared - injuries and overuse and made worse as immobility led to weight gain (add in my left hip going too ) and have been 'walking' on crutches for quite a while now. Told I was too 'young' at 58 for the then only major joint issue of the left knee to be replaced - I didn't fight that. BIG MISTAKE and a subsequent injury to the right knee which had been compensating for the left left me scuppered. The hip has now supplanted both of them in terms of pain. Weight has gone on..... and subsequent health issues (brain haemorrhage, 2 incidents of TIAs and 2 vascular surgeries and then a pulmonary embolism) have left medical folk not wanting to touch me.... the risk, the risk !! My swimming has gone by the board the last 6+ months because of a dreadful outbreak of psoriasis ----- I look like a snake shedding scaly skin..... no way could I go in a pool the way my skin is :(

    I found that SMT loved us in fair weather..... and to be honest as we won so often it became almost expected. Our facilities were a disgrace....the girls.... 60+ changing in a space designed for 30 at most, hockey played on tarmac netball courts or sports hall floor. We were the most deprived school on smallest site in Cheshire and scheduled for new school build in 96, then agains a 70% vote to remain in Cheshire was ignored and we became a unitary authority - a death knell for our school ultimately. We certainly never got the rebuild or much of anything else really. We played all our hockey matches away as we didn't have the pitches. Oh and the 4 tennis courts we had at the front of school became 3 when one was sold off so the dr surgery next door could increase its car park! Had they asked us we could have pointed them to some land to the rear of the drs which we had no need for and which could have served them perfectly well.... but of course we weren't consulted....just met with a fait accompli.

    Re GCSE PE I had the misfortune to share the year group with the idle person on the male side. I would fight to keep the girl candidates in my theory group and to even up the numbers I would be allocated the 'reject boys' the lazy man didn't want. I also had the fact that I taught the theory as an academic aspect (which the exam required) whereas the other group had a far easier time.

    But...despite my whining.... I wouldn't have wished to teach a classroom subject. I loved sport and PE and I was lucky enough to work with some great kids.
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  2. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter


    I see your knees and hip and raise you:
    Fractured skull
    Fractured cervical bone (atlas) c1
    Dislocation of shoulders (both multiple times)
    Broken or cracked ribs
    Fractured sternum
    Lumber 5 and sacrum s1 welded together
    Right knee cap rebuilt
    Left knee torn ACL and PCL requiring transplanted replacements
    Metal plate in left tibia
    Multiple dislocations / fractures both ankles
    All sport related
    New doctor on receiving my medical file, "BFG, did you know about pulling the cord on your parachute?"
    Gunshot wound to left shoulder and a stabbing needing 127 stitches- dont ask but not sport related
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  3. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

  4. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    wow! am speech less!!!
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  5. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    Yeah, that was the painful one - just glad it was a full stop and not a colon! o_Oo_O
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  6. The-Gaffer

    The-Gaffer Occasional commenter

    @HelenREMfan - reckon you must know my mother then..

    She taught PE in Cheshire but at Kings Macc so unless you played them you might not know her
  7. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    Kings Macc didn't send girls to Cheshire Hockey trials.... am not sure where they did go for county trials..... maybe Gt Manchester? So no I wouldn't have come across her though the PE female at Fallibroome, Macc was on the Cheshire committee and I knew her well (Sandy Littler)
    My cousin went to Kings Macc back in the day but am sure it was a boys' school.....
    My club used to have fixtures against Macclesfield hockey club..... hated going there as it was such a trek by road...... used to be quite 'competitive' games there too....
  8. The-Gaffer

    The-Gaffer Occasional commenter

    Yeah Kings was all boys until 1993 (I think) I was what we called Year 3 but actually what we know of as Year 9 when Kings brought the girls school site and moved the juniors over starting with if I recall 1 year 9 class & a couple of year 7 & 8’s

    My mum taught at the boys site from 1989?? As they has girls in the 6th form - her specialism was netball primarily & think she ran most of the netball teams whilst the other ladies did the hockey - & I think built that up, then transferred over to the girls full time once they had that site set up

    I left Kings in 96
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  9. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    Whatever happened to circuskevin?
    Maybe he's off advising Boris about Brexit?
  10. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    Talking of mums...

    My mother started as the "junior PE mistress" at a primary school (girls only) and was one of 3 PE teachers at the school.

    By the time she retired, she was a Senior Teacher and was responsible for visiting 10 different primary schools a fortnight (basically a morning here and an afternoon there on a rotation) to teach the class teachers how to teach PE as none of the schools had a PE specialist.

    Hats off to the classroom teachers for taking PE lessons but can you imagine the difference if each school had a specialist (never mind 3) PE teacher?
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  11. QueenieBianca

    QueenieBianca New commenter

    Yes this is my experience too, lots of SLT in PE, they love the sound of their own voice, they are young and inexperienced but talk the talk and suck up to the HT, completely narcissistic and PE is is in every other word they speak, PE what silly qualification
  12. welshwales

    welshwales Occasional commenter

    I find this reply extremely offensive and utterly needless.How sad that someone in our profession would espouse such narrow views....
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  13. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    QueenieBianca: let me guess...last one picked???
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  14. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I think you got reeled in there
  15. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    In response to the initial question - No
  16. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I think that, maybe in the '80s and any period before that, PE teaching may have been 'easier' with less of the types of demands made of classroom teachers. However, this is definitely not the case now.
  17. welshwales

    welshwales Occasional commenter

    You may well be right, stopwatch- and I fell properly there- but I've loved my 25 years of teaching PE and I'm not about to let someone devalue it so flippantly...!
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  18. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    25 years?

    Bloody youngsters coming on here.....
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  19. chrisgreenhall

    chrisgreenhall New commenter

    I am not gonna enter this banter, but having been a PE teacher for 25 years, we work harder than any other!
    Suck it up son.
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  20. JJ83

    JJ83 New commenter

    That's a VERY generic sweeping statement that I am sure many PE staff would find largely offensive

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