We passionately believe that integrating PDS within schools and colleges curriculums will not only increase learning in other subject areas, but will provide all the key knowledge, skills and attitude that can maximise an individual’s life.
One of the most commonly heard comments by out clients of all ages and backgrounds is “if only I experienced PDS when I was younger”. In fact much of our work with adults is developing the basic skills both physically and mentally that should have been honed as a child. The sad fact is that unless we target the right kind of development at an early age we will always be playing catch up.
In one pilot with 11 year old school children, PDS was delivered for 1 to 2 hours per week within the school curriculum over a 3 month period. Over 90% of students involved in the pilot improved their eating habits, increased physical activity levels and improved intrinsic motivation. All students improved in at least 2 of the 3 areas.
All students said they preferred the PDS style of learning (communication) and believed their ability to learn had improved as a result of it.
Parents commented on the changes in behaviour and attitude of their children, ranging from no longer wanting to eat fast food, wanting to do more exercise in the evening to cleaning their room without being asked.
Training & Mentoring for Teachers
PDS train the trainer for teachers has been developed to provide teachers who may not be specialists in physical exercise and sport with strategies and sessions specifically designed to win the hearts and minds of children. PDS not only makes exercise fun it also makes training challenging and educational for all levels. As with all our programmes PDS for Schools and Colleges aims to establish long term exercise and eating habits for life.
PDS for Pupils
PDS develops the correct knowledge, skills and motivation in children to establish positive attitudes and habits towards health and fitness for life!
Some pupils may already have a negative association towards physical activity and healthy eating by the time they start school. Many traditional Physical educational lessons in schools may do little to resolve these issues and in some cases increase the amount of children who do not see value in exercise or correct nutrition.
PDS ensures pupils at any skill and fitness level find physical activity enjoyable, educational and challenging. PDS also ensures the level of challenge is specific to the needs of each student. As with all our programmes the education must be interesting and fun but must also develop behaviour changes that will be utilised outside the class room or gym environment.
Pupils will not only look forward to physical education lessons, they will learn a tremendous amount that can help maximise all areas of their life. PDS physical education lessons have been shown to reduce discipline problems and increase learning in other subject areas.
For schools and pupils who are looking to develop competitive performance, see our mentoring services.