Setting in PE – part 3

What impact on teaching and learning would setting PE classes based on pupils social skills?

Pros
Top set groups will benefit from having pupils that can support and motivate each other, leading to accelerated learning.
Peer coaching/support could become embedded in every lesson.
Bottom set groups will be able to do tasks that focus on lower level social skills together, without more skilled pupils not being stretched.
Focusing on social skills in that way could result in those pupils making significant progress in a short time period.

Cons
Bottom set pupils would lack role models modelling higher order social skills.
Bottom set pupils would also suffer from not having higher skilled pupils supporting their own learning.
Too many leaders in a group could make it difficult to allow them all to take on roles appropriate to their level.

Mixed ability
This would allow pupils of all levels to take on a role suited to them. The more highly skilled pupils would act as role models, and support the learning of the less socially skilled. However, all  lessons would be vulnerable to potential disruption, pending on the number of pupils at lower end of the social skills ladder.

Verdict….

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One thought on “Setting in PE – part 3

  1. Simon, we have been trialing some of the ideas listed here in our classes and the difference, 8 months later, is quite amazing. One class has been subject to having peer evaluation EVERY lesson for EVERY drill etc. and this has been drummed into them to the point where they now do it automatically. They are so engaged in their learning and they don't even realise it. They are learning to work as a coach for every other in their class, they are motivated and enjoy the work because they own it and they also have a responsibility to others and they understand more about their work then they ever did before! The flip side is the old mentality that teachers know best and these students are dejected, bored and totally helpless in every situation. They can't talk to each other, they are unmotivated and they are suffering in so many ways. I have become a huge fan of this way of facilitating lessons – I would love to hear how your experiments go.

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