Clare Van Neikerk founded Active School in 2017 with a desire to improve Physical Education across Sussex, Kent and the Home Counties. With a successful 15 year teaching career under her belt, Clare made the decision to make her experience available to as many schools as possible in the area.
After an initial 10 years in secondary education as a qualified PE teacher, Clare spent the next 5 years in a combination role as PE Teacher/Consultant and School Games Organiser (SGO) to 41 primary schools, and CPD trainer in Gymnastics and Dance.
Clare is a firm believer that sport is the vehicle we use to help pupils develop the fundamentals of Physical Education. Although she sees competition as important, it should not be the foundation of a Physical Education lesson; pupils need to be able to develop and see their performance progress. When working with such young and impressionable ages, lessons should be adaptive and achievable for all pupils within the class.
The current Sport Premium funding is available until 2020, according to Baroness Sue Campbell who speaks annually at the National School Games Conference. There is no guarantee of any funding continuing after this time. It is therefore imperative that teachers are upskilled within Physical Education to ensure high quality PE lessons remain, if and when the funding is no longer available.
Active School have the ability and competence to help your school move forwards and develop further within the Physical Education and Games curriculum.
Clare Van Niekerk – BA Hons in Physical Education with QTS
Clare was a specialist gymnastics, dance and PE teacher at our school, she supported her fellow colleagues in planning and instructing confidently and by modelling outstanding teaching. The children loved the sessions and the teachers are much more confident at teaching gymnastics; now we enter competitions! Clare also provided advice around curriculum development and helped us to evidence our School Sports Mark.