THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MENTORING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SCHOOL SPORT; WITHIN ONE WELSH SCHOOL SPORT PARTNERSHIP
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the mentoring initiative in PESS, within one WSSP. The main focus was to establish whether the use of mentoring contributes to raising standards in PESS, whilst also looking at the benefits of mentoring to the mentors, mentees and the organisation. The study also aimed to establish whether primary school teachers (mentees) knowledge and confidence in delivering PE increased and finally whether mentoring improves the transition between primary and secondary school for pupils; ultimately demonstrating clearer consistency across all schools. Nine themes emerged from the inductive content analysis. These were (a) background information about the mentors and mentees, (b) mentor training, (c) the 'ideal' mentor and benefits to the mentor, (d) the 'ideal' mentee and benefits to the mentee, (e) benefits for PESS and the WSSP, (f) meetings, (g) the mentor-mentee relationship, (h) aiding transition between primary and secondary school, and (h) raising standards in PESS and the whole school curriculum. Conclusions of the study found that nearly all mentors and mentees reported increased knowledge and confidence in the delivery of PESS; particularly in Gymnastics and Dance. However, a larger sample size could have increased its reliability. All mentors and mentees also reported that the transition for pupils has improved. The standards and quality of teaching have increased as a result of the mentoring initiative; in terms of the mentor, mentee, organisation and the pupils. More time and investment is needed for the programme to become sustainable. Further research and a larger sample size, with a combination of observation and in-depth interviews, may help future researchers examine the positive and negative aspects of mentoring, and its role in PESS
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