How PE is proven to improve performance on & off the pitch

Far extending the need to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic, the holistic development of pupils has no better place to thrive than in PE lessons where teamwork, leadership, negotiation, strategy, success and overcoming failure a.k.a. life’s toolkit, can be tried and tested without limit. Why it has taken until 2016 for the government’s All Party Parliamentary Group to wake up and realise that PE needs to “…have the same status, credibility and funding as the core academic subjects….” is beyond belief but at last it seems they are addressing the big gap in primary education, paying attention to an individual pupil’s physical development with the same value as their academic progress. In fact, now is the time for educationalists to consider that omitting to ensure a child has developed core physical skills may be setting them up for a lifetime of academic failure.

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No child should be left behind feeling something is wrong… that they are lazy or not trying hard enough yet The British Dyslexia Association states that unidentified Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia/DCDm, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder can lead to emotional distress, frustration and poor self-esteem.

The STEP physical literacy exercises exist to empower children with an ability to succeed from a young age. Many students are not diagnosed with SpLDs until communication skills are suffering and society knows from experience and expense… it’s easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult.

Kenny Logan, former professional rugby player, faced his worst fears the day his wife, Gabby said ‘You can’t read can you?’ after handing him a newspaper article. Thankfully, she knew he was not stupid – something Kenny had felt all his life after leaving Wallace High School without sitting his final exams.

Rugby became an outlet for Kenny thanks to an insightful PE teacher that knew the teenager’s frustration had nothing to do with being stupid. Being an undiagnosed dyslexic child had hindered his progress to the point where he could not read or write at all. Helped by following a pattern of exercises designed to stimulate the brain into remembering and recalling information, Kenny learned to read at the age of 34 and is now a firm champion for Physical Literacy.

After going on national television to tell his heart-breaking story about facing up to the frustrations of overcoming a childhood stumbling block bigger than Mount Everest, Kenny is determined to highlight the positive effects of using cerebellum specific teaching and learning programmes in primary school settings.

The STEP Programme are proud to associate their efforts of closing the attainment gap for all - bringing evidenced-based results to help underachieving children.

The British Dyslexia Association notes common characterisitcs of SpLDs as having difficulties with:

  • Memory
  • Organizational Skills
  • Writing
  • Visual Processing
  • Reading
  • Auditory Processing
  • Time Management
  • Sensory Distraction

Please contact your child’s class teacher.

If you would like to know more about The STEP Programme please contact us or request a call back.

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