Curriculum Coaches (Youth Sport Trust)

Increasing attainment in science through physical education


This resource supports teachers to explore the principles that underpin effective peer coaching and provides a simple model that can be adapted to fit the context and priorities identified by individual schools. Within the resource there are a series of flexible activities that will grow the skills and confidence of student “coaches” through Physical Education as well as science and examples of how schools have established this opportunity successfully. The project related to this resource identified that there are five core “achievement” skills that can be directly targeted through the coaching approach that will impact on attainment and engagement in science. These skills are:

i – Investigation

c- Communication

o – Organisation

o – Observation

l – Leadership

The icool model outlined in this resource can be incorporated into a variety of curriculum and wider learning opportunities for the children. Included in the resource are a range of support materials and training ideas developed by the Youth Sport Trust and the pilot schools.

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Over the last fifteen years there has been an increasing focus on developing leadership amongst young people. It is a focus which has a wide reaching appeal both within and beyond the curriculum, in preparing young people with the skills, experience and confidence to learn. A confident, questioning and capable workforce from within the classroom has helped improve on task behaviour, independent learning, reduced teacher talk and increased the number and quality of conversations. The Curriculum Coach resource, has been developed through the experiences of the pilot schools involved and the expertise in sport development and Physical Education provided by the Youth Sport Trust to support schools to identify and establish a pupil led approach to learning that can raise achievement across the school as well as sharing the experiences and inspiration of how some schools have used this in science. The resource is based on a pilot project funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust.