Today, we're diving deep into how you, as a PDHPE teacher, can take action and advocate for yourself and your students. With a brand new syllabus on the horizon, I know some of you are feeling a mix of excitement and apprehension. But fear not! I've got your back. In this episode, I'll share six practical steps to empower yourself and create positive change in your teaching journey. From advocating to initiating open conversations, and even negotiating resources, we'll cover it all. So let's get ready to make the most of this new phase in our teaching careers!

Episode Takeaways

  • New syllabus, new opportunities! Embrace the changes and get excited about the possibilities ahead.
  • Six empowering steps to take action: Advocate, Communicate, Translate time commitments, Initiate open conversations, Orchestrate your plan, and Negotiate resources.
  • Advocate for your needs and wants with your leadership team, especially when introducing new courses like Child Studies or Health Movement Science.
  • Effective communication is key; prepare your points clearly before discussing with your superiors.
  • Translate curriculum changes into manageable time commitments to stay on top of your plans.
  • Initiate open and honest conversations with your leaders to address concerns and work towards positive outcomes.
  • Orchestrate a solid plan of attack by mapping out your resources, budgets, and timelines for smooth implementation.
  • Negotiate with your school to ensure adequate support for curriculum changes, professional learning, and resources.
  • Join our community of like-minded teachers to receive support and share ideas during this exciting time of growth.

Show Notes 


If you're ready to teach CAFS with a more strategic approach and help your students achieve their desired results while loving the subject, you've come to the right place. Join me on this podcast as we explore simplified strategies, get inspired, and connect, learn, and grow together. 

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