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  • Listen to those who didn’t get home

    By Ronnie Heath, Managing Director I read recently about the statisticians who had the unenviable task of trying to increase the percentage of Second World War bomber pilots getting home safely. They carefully studied the patterns of the bullet holes and damage to the planes to try and devise the best way to reinforce these areas […]

    Posted on November 2, 2017

  • True ambition for families. Thanks Mum

    By Ronnie Heath, Managing Director. We have to be ambitious for families; they’re far too important to be left to chance. I was brought up by a single, young teenage mother on a challenging council estate in a very tough city. It isn’t difficult to paint a picture of an extremely disadvantaged learning environment and […]

    Posted on November 29, 2016

  • Born to play

    By Cathy Brown, Regional Manager, Midlands Like all children my son Joshua (now aged 6 years old) loves playing and thanks to our ball obsessed Shih Tzu, Bruce, it wasn’t long before Joshua developed an interest in balls. Throwing, catching, rolling and watching sports and activities that involved balls. I remember questioning if many young […]

    Posted on September 22, 2016

  • The art of growing

    By Nathalie Fitzgerald, Regional Manager, London The daughter of a gardener, I spent my life learning how to cultivate. Understanding the delicate balance of an organic environment that grows at its own pace, affected by the elements and many other factors out of our control. This is an art! It requires a huge variety of skills, […]

    Posted on September 15, 2016

  • The 3 Hurdles of Alignment – Part 2

    By John Parsons, Director of Innovation for PE and Sport In Part 1 of my blog (click HERE to read), I discussed the challenge of aligning beliefs and values, with what we say and what we do. I explored the ‘first hurdle’ of being really clear on what we believe and value first as this […]

    Posted on August 31, 2016

  • Feeling good about ourselves

    By Ronnie Heath, Managing Director My 91-year-old grandmother very recently introduced me to her new care worker. She clearly is very proud of me, but she did fail to mention that I’m the Managing Director at Create, leading a national team creating positive relationships with physical activity for life. Instead, she did the same introduction […]

    Posted on July 18, 2016

  • Date night revelations and the power of modelling

    By Phill O’Brien, Regional Manager, North: A window into the marital bliss and routine of Mr and Mrs O’Brien might, at first, appear unsuitable content for such a blog but allow me the benefit of the doubt. Picture the scene… A Saturday night meal in for two, Mrs O’Brien having shopped and cooked with love […]

    Posted on June 27, 2016

  • GOLD DUST – Playing with your kids

    By Pam Stevenson, Director of Delivery This blog is Part 3 of 3 of my self-exploration of how my personal experiences have contributed to my thoughts, beliefs, passions and philosophy about PE and school sport – if you’ve missed my earlier entries, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2. I suppose it’s not […]

    Posted on June 4, 2016

  • How to interview Olympians

    Listen to the fantastic radio interview that took place at Lings Primary School’s own radio station after the real gym National Launch. Pupils at the school got the chance to interview Olympian, Lynne Hutchison and Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastic Coach, Sarah Moon and asked lots of great questions about gymnastics, the Olympics and more. Click here to listen […]

    Posted on May 5, 2016

  • What do schools think of real gym?

    As we continue to celebrate the official real gym National Launch we’d like to share blogs from North Town Primary School, Taunton and Abington Vale Primary School, Northampton and their experiences of real gym. Click here to hear pupil feedback after Abington Vale Primary School’s first real gym lesson. Click here to read about the launch […]

    Posted on April 27, 2016

  • Shifting focus – Makes all the difference

    By Tim Dancer, Director of real PE Well it has been a while! You may remember that my blog begun the journey of my wife Sonia as a real PE teacher in a primary school in Southampton. If you didn’t catch it, click here to read more. Fraught with the perils of trying to support your […]

    Posted on April 12, 2016

  • Finding A Love For Physical Activity

    By Molly Heath, Marketing Assistant Working for Create, I never cease to be amazed by the enthusiasm that those around me have for physical activity; quite literally, it is what gets them up in the morning, motivated by the impact that they know it can have and a constant love of being energetic. More often […]

    Posted on March 11, 2016

  • The 3 Hurdles of Alignment: Part 1

    By John Parsons, Director of Innovation for PE and Sport I read a book some time back called ‘The Magic Weaving Business’ by Sir John Jones. Essentially it is about the power of teaching and the life-changing influence teachers can have (positively and negatively) on young people. If you haven’t read it, I’d recommend it […]

    Posted on March 7, 2016

  • A risky business

    By Cathy Brown, Regional Manger, Midlands I am the proud mum of Joshua (5 years old) and Alice (3 years old) and for my first blog, and others to follow, I’m going to reflect on the amazing experiences parenthood brings and apply my personal learning to the core principals which drive the work we do at […]

    Posted on January 29, 2016

  • Why do we need real gym?

    By Sarah Moon, real gym National Lead I get asked this question a lot: “Why do we need real gym? What’s different about it? We have ‘X’ scheme or cards already…” I’ll tell you what’s different. Let me start from the beginning… I had a mixed ‘upbringing’ in PE and Sport. I loved PE at […]

    Posted on January 22, 2016

  • A vehicle for ALL kids to have fun & feel good

    By Pam Stevenson, Director of Delivery After two years of teaching PE at Deeside High School I was becoming increasingly interested in Southern African politics; at the time, Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and the book ‘Black Beauty’ was banned there. So, in a rash moment I sent off my CV to a school in Swaziland […]

    Posted on January 6, 2016

  • Challenging myself to dance – panic!

    By Phil Wylie, National Lead: Family FUNS During our company retreat in November 2014 we attended a dance class at the end of a long day of meetings. The idea was to get a bit of exercise, clear our heads and do a bit of team bonding. The dance teacher was lovely and very welcoming […]

    Posted on December 9, 2015

  • Risks… from a red paper clip to a house!

    By Sarah Moon, real gym National Lead I heard a story about a man in Canada who traded up to a house, starting with a red paper clip. He wasn’t happy with this and wanted a more interesting item, so he first traded it for a novelty fish pen, then to a doorknob and a […]

    Posted on November 26, 2015

  • Vikki Roberts’ Create personal challenge

    At the start of 2015, the staff at Create Development were asked to consider an exciting, personal challenge and to explore what personal and professional learning they might gain from the experience. It had to be something that they really wanted to do, may have already planned to do and it had to be outside […]

    Posted on November 10, 2015

  • The power of fun

    By Leigh Wolmarans, Headteacher of Lings Primary School, the first national Create Learning School To sound highly intelligent I am going to quote Albert Einstein and say that ‘Play is the highest form of research’. I am then going to show my real mental capacity by saying that I have built my life based on […]

    Posted on November 4, 2015

  • What if The Simpsons had Family FUNS?

    By Matt Lloyd, Regional Manager for the South West The world’s favourite family: the Simpsons. We can all accept that when we look at their antics in Springfield, we see many behaviours that resonate in us…The cheeky rule bending of Bart, the disapproving but loving nature of Marge, the restrained ability of Lisa and, of […]

    Posted on November 4, 2015

  • Lesley Doughty’s personal challenge

    At the start of 2015, the staff at Create Development were asked to consider an exciting, personal challenge and to explore what personal and professional learning they might gain from the experience. It had to be something that they really wanted to do, may have already planned to do and it had to be outside […]

    Posted on October 27, 2015

  • Loving PE – What’s the price?

    By Pam Stevenson, Director of Delivery at Create Development This three(ish) part blog is a little self-indulgent exploration of how my personal experiences have contributed to my thoughts, beliefs, passions and philosophy about PE and school sport. Part 1: Loving PE – What’s the price? Sport and physical activity has always been a huge part of my […]

    Posted on October 20, 2015

  • Jan’s Challenge – Part 2!

    Last time we heard from Jan Parker, she aimed to complete the amazing task of the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride in aid of the M.E Association. She had started the training process (if you missed out, you can click here to catch up!). Now, in Part 2, we’ll be finding out how she got on in completing this […]

    Posted on October 9, 2015

  • real PE – a unique perspective!

    Written by Tim Dancer, Director of real PE at Create Development Welcome to the first of three instalments of ‘real PE – a unique perspective’. With over 10,000 practitioners trained (at the time of writing), real PE continues to gain momentum as a solution to support practitioners to give children the best early experiences of physical […]

    Posted on October 5, 2015

  • Creating fabulous core memories

    Written by Ronnie Heath, Managing Director of Create Development How refreshingly simple; create fabulous core memories of physical activities, encourage rich ‘thought bubbles’ and build a vast and exciting island of positive physical activity experiences. Disney’s ‘Inside Out’ was of course delightfully cheesy but it highlights the root of the challenge we face when creating a […]

    Posted on September 22, 2015

  • Create’s Personal Challenges

    At the start of 2015, the staff at Create Development were asked to consider an exciting, personal challenge and to explore what personal and professional learning they might gain from the experience. It had to be something that they really wanted to do, may have already planned to do and it had to be outside […]

    Posted on September 16, 2015

  • What would your pupils say?

    If your pupils were asked to take part in a little PE literacy to discuss their PE, Sport and Leadership experiences what would they write? Pupils in Year 5 at Marish Primary School were asked just this and what they wrote is quite special. Hafsah Zishan gives his very honest and inspirational opinion as he […]

    Posted on July 8, 2015

  • The power to transform schools

    This blog post has been written by Headteacher, Leigh Wolmarans of Lings Primary School. Leigh explains how powerful PE and sport really is when taught correctly. Many years ago I remember sitting at a very dull conference with many other Headteachers that were finding it equally as dull. It was the same message being driven home with a […]

    Posted on July 2, 2015

  • Creating the secure personalised bridge for learners to close the gap 

    If you didn’t get a chance to see Create’s Managing Director, Ronnie Heath’s keynote speech in the Bett Arena at the Bett Show on Thursday, 22nd January please see below for Ronnie’s blog post: Cultural community change vs short term interventions At Create Development we have had the privilege to work together and support over […]

    Posted on January 23, 2015

  • Day 10 Oakfield Summer School

    The last day of Summer Camp! It has been an adventurous experience for the children as well as the mentors. We started the day by completing the pupils’ booklets, saying what they achieved and how summer camp has helped them. Afterwards, we played the “Flower Game” where we attempted to hit a cone by throwing […]

    Posted on September 1, 2014

  • Day 9 Oakfield Summer School

    Today we had a special visitor, Rose McGrandle, a professional skeleton athlete and she will be taking part after break. The energiser in the morning was the hand tennis quarter finals. The mentors teamed up with a partner and analysed the flaws, the things they did well and what they can do better. It was […]

    Posted on September 1, 2014

  • Day 8 Oakfield Summer School

    Today is the 8th day of the summer camp. We didn’t have a S.O.D.A, and we went straight to doing the FUNS challenge to get the children energetic and to be more active. After many trials and challenges, the children filled in their board according to their finished challenges and set new targets for the […]

    Posted on September 1, 2014

  • Day 2 Oakfield Summer School

    The children came in this morning and were really happy and ready to go for the day. As soon as they arrived they were helping each other with their work, finding the right pages that they needed to be on and just generally encouraging each other to do what they needed to do. We took […]

    Posted on September 1, 2014

  • Day 3 Oakfield Summer School

    The children came in this morning all smiling and ready to go for the day. Everybody was smiling and chatting about the day ahead and were all looking forward to finishing the Super Heroes they made.The pupils filled in the Day 2 box and were all drawing these amazing pictures of what they did on Day 2. […]

    Posted on August 26, 2014

  • Day 4 Oakfield Summer School

    On Day 4 at Summer School, the children welcomed the new arrival, Fletcher! Liam very kindly explained to Fletcher what he has missed and he caught up very quickly. Finn also helped out Fletcher by remembering 5 out of 6 of the learning powers! After completing the SODA (start of the day activity) of writing about […]

    Posted on August 26, 2014

  • Day 4 and Day 5 City Heights Summer School

    Thursday: Day 4 Fun, fun and more fun had by all the students today, again the students have been buzzing with enthusiasm in all the activities. Domes and Dishes brought out their competitive side as they showed off their new and improved co-ordination, communication and teamwork skills. All Change encouraged the students to strategise, focus and use their social […]

    Posted on August 26, 2014

  • Day 1, 2 and 3 City Heights Summer School

    Monday : Day 1 There was a mixture of nerves and excitement as the students entered for their first day of Summer Camp. Supported by the Create Development team and fantastic Year 8 mentors, the students first set personal targets for the week. Energising group activities enabled the students to get to know each other better and […]

    Posted on August 26, 2014

  • Day 10 Heathfield Summer School

    “The last 2 weeks has been unforgettable and we have met some great people.  We hope we have helped all the pupils and wish themwell both at Heathfield and in later life. As well as having a great time they have developed a range of skills at the Summer School that will help them at secondary school. […]

    Posted on August 26, 2014

  • Day 9 Beech Academy Summer School

    Activity 1 The day started as every day with the SODA  where old targets were assessed and new ones set. Jonathon said his target was to lead a group discussion and give feedback as to whether the pupils had hit their targets. He told a mentor that at some point he would ask them to […]

    Posted on August 26, 2014

  • Day 9 Heathfield Summer School

    The day got off to a great start with the second part of ‘Throw Tennis’!  We all had a lot of fun playing the game and many of the pupils came up with some awesome strategies. Everyone was getting involved and having a great time!  Then, after a short interval, we had the quarter finals, […]

    Posted on August 26, 2014

  • ‘real PE’ comes to Shanghai

    Following the success of ‘real PE’ in the UK and Middle East, Create Development are excited to announce that Ronnie Heath and John Parsons will be delivering a two-day ‘real PE’ course at Yew Chung International School of Shanghai on the 10th and 11th September 2014. The course is targeted at teachers delivering PE to either primary […]

    Posted on August 22, 2014

  • Day 3 Heathfield Summer School

    Day 3. Off to a great start !!  Today, we met David Hall, who is a paralympian who could have been a lazy person, but has chosen to live his life, which is a great life. He will always carry on inspiring people and keep encouraging others to follow their dreams, as he done exactly […]

    Posted on August 12, 2014

  • Day 3 St Gregory the Great Summer School

    Day 3 has been our best day yet! From the morning activities with energised and perky mentors, to the new lunch time fun, right through to the physical activities in the sports hall. All added up to a fantastic time together! Our theme was our looking at how we are coping with challenge and the […]

    Posted on August 12, 2014

  • Day 3 Maiden Beech Academy Summer School

    The pupils started the day with a SODA session where they reflected on yesterday. They looked at the goals they had set themselves and with the help of their mentors they decided whether they had achieved their target or not. If they felt that they hadn’t, then their target was kept the same but if […]

    Posted on August 12, 2014

  • Day 2 St Gregory The Great Summer School

    Our theme for the day was how we can cope with challenges! Our start of the day activity was to reflect on all the things we did on day 1 and begin to write down the hopes and fears we have for our summer school this year…. We discussed in our groups all of the […]

    Posted on August 12, 2014

  • Day 2 Heathfield Summer School

    Day 2 started great! Everyone turned up with a smile and got working straight away. After the book work was completed we went out to see two amazing police horses. The police officers told us a bunch of cool information about the horses and what they do. They even showed us one of the horses […]

    Posted on August 12, 2014

  • Day 4 Maiden Beech Academy Summer School

    Activity 1 The Start of the Day recapped on what the children had done the previous day and whether or not they had met their target. They all felt that they had and were very positive.  The mentors explained how the focus would shift from coping with challenge towards solving problems with activities involving creative thinking and teamwork. The children recorded their target for the day. Activity 2 In “Race Track” the children had to […]

    Posted on August 12, 2014

  • Day 9 Haltwhistle Summer School

    Our focus today was self-reflection.Following on from yesterday we completed the pupil led activities. Using these as a basis for self-reflection, we spent a lot of time establishing where we were in our learning, what progress we’ve made since the beginning of summer school and setting ourselves targets.Learner of the day has to go to a pupil who […]

    Posted on August 7, 2014

  • Day 1 St Gregory the Great Summer School

    The first ever Summer School at St Gregory the Great in Oxford! Twenty Year 7 learners arrived looking very nervous at 10am but after being greeted by the friendly mentors they soon relaxed and began to enjoy themselves. The day started off with a chat about their expectations for Summer School with fun being the […]

    Posted on August 7, 2014

  • Day 1 Heathfield Summer School

    First of all, we met everyone and put ourselves in groups! This was exciting because we all are in groups with people we don’t know so we’ve already made lots of new friends! Then we went on to the field and met some police dogs! They were called Quin, Zena and Ria. They were all police […]

    Posted on August 7, 2014

  • Day 2 Maiden Beech Academy Summer School

    The day started with the pupils reflecting on day 1. They said what their favourite activities were and how the activities would help them moving into Key Stage 3. Lucy said that the extreme Rock Paper Scissors, which encouraged sportsmanship, would help her because she plans to play in more lunch time sports clubs in Key […]

    Posted on August 7, 2014

  • Day 3 Theale Green Summer School

    Start of the day Everyone came in and filled in the diary entry for Day 2 and the solving problems pages. The mentors discussed with the learners how they were and asked them if they had a lot of fun on Day 2.  We played an energiser game called ‘Team Juggling’ which everyone enjoyed. Then […]

    Posted on August 5, 2014

  • Day 4 Lymm High Summer School

    Today started with excitement as we were told that an athlete mentor was coming in. We weren’t disappointed when Courtney Fry, the boxer, was there joining in our morning energiser.  We created an 8 move sequence to welcome him to Lymm High School, which he joined in. After this we reviewed our learning from yesterday’s […]

    Posted on August 5, 2014

  • Day 2 Lymm High Summer School

    Team KFC Today was all about coping with challenges and how we can stretch ourselves.  We really enjoyed the ‘crossing the river’ activity, especially when we were given a blindfold.  This was challenging but very fun at the same time.  We all worked well together and this allowed us to excel in lots of challenges.Team […]

    Posted on August 5, 2014

  • Day 1 and Day 2 Wexham Summer School

    Day 1- A Challenging Day for all Tutors, Mentors and pupils adapting and adjusting to new surroundings and people, but fun was had by all. Learning new names and faces was an early challenge. ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ (extreme of course) was on the agenda with all pupils tasting some success and with an afternoon of […]

    Posted on August 1, 2014

  • Day 8 Haltwhistle Summer School

    We’ve been reviewing our learning today, identifying what went well in our presentation of activities and how we might make improvements. After reflecting on Day 7 and doing an energiser, we created our own problem solving activities and challenges.We then had great fun trying out each other’s activities then, as a group, reviewing them and how […]

    Posted on August 1, 2014

  • Day 2 Theale Green Summer School

    Start of the dayThis morning all of the learners came in and wrote a diary of what they did and learnt on Day 1.  Everyone said they enjoyed the day and some said they had done the activities at home with their families – which shows they really enjoyed their day!They all reviewed and then […]

    Posted on July 30, 2014

  • Day 7 Haltwhistle Summer School

    We’ve been learning with others today. After an Energiser called Click where groups of 3 or 4 had to step over a rope in synch everyone went into the hall and completed the second round of the Learn to Compete circuit. Everyone made excellent progress helped by practising usingFUNS cards and by each other. The day ended […]

    Posted on July 29, 2014

  • Day 1 Theale Green Summer School

    Coping with Challenge Start of the day This morning we greeted the learners at the door with smiles on our faces and our inner ‘Tiggers’ unleashed! After some introductions we sat down and got started with the ‘marvellous me’ activity in the Summer School Pupil Booklet. We helped the learners write about their hopes and […]

    Posted on July 29, 2014

  • Day 5 Haltwhistle summer school

     The focus of today was problem solving. Various problem solving games were played today including River Crossing where you had to get across a area by standing on spots (stepping stones) carrying equipment. Also, Sheperd, a game involving a Sheperd (one person) using non verbal instructions to guide sheep (team members) into a pen (marked […]

    Posted on July 29, 2014

  • Day 4 Haltwhistle Summer School

    Great day, today, with former paralympian Craig McCann. The focus of the day was ‘Problem Solving’ which Craig reflected in his talk to the children about his life and the problems he has faced and how he overcame them to arrive at this point in his life. The children, without doubt, enjoyed most the physical […]

    Posted on July 29, 2014