22 Mar 2005

PESS ICT CONFERENCE 2Physical Education teachers from the length and breadth of Wales yesterday (March 22 2005) descended upon the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, for a masterclass in developing the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in school sport.

Since its inception in 2001, the Welsh Assembly Government’s PE and School Sport programme (PESS) has made great strides in its aim to address shortcomings and improve standards in the delivery of physical education lessons in Welsh schools.

The ICT in PE Conference was used as a platform to highlight a multitude of good practice stories from the schools already ensconced in the PESS scheme.

Through the words of luminary keynote speakers Anne Ellis (Vice Chair of the Sports Council for Wales), and PESS consultants Dr Lynne Spackman and Graham Haines, schools were invited to share and engage in the vision to develop common goals in physical education provision in Wales.

Through its delivery of the Welsh Assembly Government’s PE and School Sport programme (PESS), the Sports Council for Wales has identified ways in which modern technology - such as digital photography and basic computer software - can go some way to improving pupil performance and participation in physical education.

PESS Consultant Graham Haines set out his stall with the words:

"We have to be serious about ICT. We have to be convinced that it can make a difference."

Delegates were introduced to methods which can not only engage the pupils’ thirst for new technology but which can also be applied to PE lessons and the battle against obesity.