It was agreed that we would provide 3 days of CPD training for the Sports Masters and Mistresses in each school to answer any questions which they had and to share information which would ensure that the initiative would continue after we had left. Having worked in these schools and referred to feedback from the staff consultation, we were able to provide specific CPD relating to individual schools and staff interests.
Chisawani Primary School(CPS) and Blantyre Girls Primary School (BGS)
It was possible to invite the Sports Mistress from BGS to CPS to engage in the CPD session as their class sizes were similar in both schools. As the Sports Leaders had only led small numbers during their training sessions, Jenny and I agreed that it would be most purposeful to show the staff and Leaders that it would be possible to lead sessions with one member of staff, 20 Leaders and a full class of 60 pupils of any age group.
Firstly, Jenny led a session with the Sports Leaders reviewing the activities and procedures which had been covered in the course. This allowed the Sports Mistresses to observe the preparation required with Leaders before they lead a session with classes.
Following this, I managed a lesson with 60 Standard 3 learners led by the 20 Sports Leaders. The 60 learners rotated around the activities at a specified time and 3 leaders were assigned a working area and an activity which they would lead. Leaders also worked on rotation to keep any other passers by out of the working area.
These Leaders were determined, motivated and phenomenal. They did it. They showed that it was possible to have one teacher working with 20 Sports Leaders safely and effectively leading 60 learners. The Sports Mistresses were convinced.
Following the practical sessions, Jenny led a staff discussion with Sports Mistresses focused upon sharing Pedagogy and Equity strategies and I led a dialogue with staff which highlighted the organisation and communication approaches, challenges and strategies which should be considered as they proceed with this initiative in their schools. This session was crucial to instilling the confidence in the Sports Mistresses and to ensuring sustainability of this initiative. The Mistresses were an absolute joy to work with.
Milala Primary School
Due to similar class sizes and staff consultation feedback we were able to use the same structure which was used for CPS and BGS. Jenny led this session.
Kapeni Demonstration School (KDS)
Having experienced different challenges at KDS in relation to the size of school (8200) and class sizes (160), location of the working area and crowds of hundreds gathering/ passing through our working area, we had agreed that CPD time at this school would be best spent training more Leaders which could be used with more classes in the future.
Jenny and I agreed that we would prepare our newly trained Leaders to work in groups of 3 to train groups of 10 Standard 7 pupils to also become Sports Leaders. Sports Masters and Mistresses also attended the training sessions in order to share with them the processes which were followed which would allow them to use these to train future Leaders.
Sports Leaders successfully led them through all of the activities which they had covered during training. We then announced that the original Sports Leaders should now fulfil the role of Sports Ambassadors and that the newly trained Standard 7 pupils would be led by them as Sports Leaders as the initiative continued.
Sports Ambassadors and Sports Leaders were delighted with their new roles and achievements.
We concluded this session with Jenny sharing Pedagogy and Equity strategies and I led a dialogue with staff which again highlighted the organisation and communication approaches, challenges and strategies which should be considered as they proceed with this initiate in their schools. Again, this session was crucial to instilling the confidence in the Sports Mistresses/Masters to ensuring sustainability of this initiative.
I feel very honoured to have worked with these staff and new Leaders at Kapeni.