Teaching Athletics in Schools
To support teachers and those supporting the management and delivery of high quality sport and physical education, athletics has produced a curriculum for the delivery of athletics within schools. This curriculum has been designed to place running, jumping and throwing at the heart of school physical education and to support teachers and other school professionals with the ongoing development of young people’s physical literacy and athletics skills.
To support teachers with the delivery of this curriculum, athletics has developed a series of resources which have been designed to deliver athletics in an inclusive, exciting and engaging manner. These resources have be written by sports and physical education experts with extensive knowledge and experience of teaching and coaching athletics at school, club and international level. These resources have also been designed to conform to curriculum requirements within England.
The Teaching resources provided by Athletics aim to:
- Bring the sport of athletics to life and make it accessible
- Provide teachers with a creative and practical resource that will help them encourage and motivate youngsters participate and achieve in athletics
- Ensure that athletics is taught in a more inclusive and engaging manner, with modern approaches that are less reliant on formal didactic delivery and focus more on learning
- Ensure all children receive a positive experience of athletics, where the emphasis is on participation, enjoyment, mastery and the acquisition of skills, so that they maintain interest in the sport.
- Create a greater understanding that running, jumping and throwing underpin the vast majority of sports, and ensure children acquire and develop these skills throughout their education
- Reach out and appeal to a much wider audience of young people to ensure we have a sustainable number of 16-17 year olds in the sport, who are committed to competing at senior level.
It is important that schools support the development of athleticism in youngsters, certainly up to the age of 13-14. Good teaching at the very early stages is crucial, along with appropriate year on year progression. It takes time to develop the fundamental skills and understanding associated with movements underpinning the ability to run, jump and throw.
For teachers and their students to learn more about delivering athletics
There are other opportunities that teachers and students may wish to make the most of. Qualifications such as Leading Athletics and Leadership in Running Fitness help with delivering good quality and accessible sessions. See www.englandathletics.org/coaching-qualifications for details. Details about Officials' courses can be found at www.englandathletics.org/officials.