April 30, 2021

Episode #14. Will Swaithes - The power of human connection in PE, finding the ‘struggle zone’ and the challenge of taking children into the learning pit and working on things they are not so good at.

Hi guys and welcome back to another episode of the believe move grow podcast. I’m really excited for you to hear this episode and the knowledge and wisdom from my guest was exceptional.  Will Swaithes is an inspirational teacher educator, leader and mentor of teaching and learning with 20 years of experience in the education sector. Will has a particular interest in active learning and the role of exercise in optimising cognitive function.  He is motivated professionally to raise aspirations, unlock learning potential, and improve wellbeing among young people.

In today’s chat you can expect to hear Will’s knowledge on the power of human connection in PE, the importance of creating an environment where children are self-motivated to find struggle and the challenge of taking children into the learning pit and working on things they are not so good at.  This episode will really open you minds to innovative ideas whether you are a teacher, coach or parent and there is something for everyone on this episode.  So, without further ado lets get into today’s episode with Will Swaithes. 


Will's Twitter: @WillSwaithes

Will's website: Home - The Learning Locker

Sport England 'Under The Skin' research Under The Skin

Book recommendations: 'Play' by Stuart Brown, 'Range' by David Epstein

Favourite books: Any work by Simon Sinek, Margaret Whitehead Physical Literacy across the World, Guy Flaxen

Favourite videos for physical activity message: Nike 5 Extra Years - YouTube, NSPCC My Magic Sports Kit - YouTube

Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children: “to do well you need to be well” 

Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing! 

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