West Sussex special schools pupils enjoy PE training

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TRAINEE PE teachers at the University of Chichester put their skills to good use by helping students from three special schools in West Sussex.

A group of 30 pupils from St Anthony’s and Fordwater schools in Chichester and Herons Dale Primary in Shoreham were taught to play disability sports, including boccia, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair football and table cricket by first year students.

The initiative was designed to give the prospective PE teachers a taste of working with pupils with complex needs.

There is a shortage of mainstream school teachers with experience of working with this group of pupils.

Senior lecturer in PE Rachel Mackinney said: ‘For many students, this would have been the first time they worked with children with complex needs.

‘Both the children and our students had a great time at the session.’

Training for the students was provided by Nikki Richardson at Seagulls Specials, a community project run by Brighton & Hove Albion FC.