Competitive Sport in State Schools

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I was at the Wellington College Festival of Education this year, and I heard Sir Michael Wilshaw deliver his keynote address on reclaiming comprehensives. One of his main messages was about raising competition within state school sport. He was passionate in his delivery and of course being a PE Teacher I was in full agreement with him. I found myself nodding along to everything he said, as it confirmed my own thoughts about how sport and competition can be a vehicle for education and support what my colleagues do in the classroom. This is what he said about competition:

3. Challenging the view that competition is an ugly word

Third, good leaders challenge the view that competition is an ugly word. One of the most enduring legacies of the educational upheaval of 40 years ago is the effect it had on competitive sports. Sporting competitions, leagues, house games and…

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