Meet Our Team | Teach, Learn, Grow - Physical Education
Teach Learn Grow - PE

Meet Our Team

Teach, Learn, Grow - Physical Education is there for you. Our sole aim is to bridge the gap in knowledge and confidence, allowing our teachers to deliver an outstanding PE curriculum to all primary children.

We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with schools and individual staff members to help them in every step of their PE journey.

Below is a little bit of background about some of our management team. Some is relevant, some isn't!

Colin Booth

Colin Booth

Managing Director

1) Tell us a little bit about you?
10 years experience in teaching primary PE and school sport. Multi qualified sports coach, Level 3 Forest School practitioner, School Governor and England Hockey Coach Educator. Married to Jo, dad to Kian, Ollie and Aoife.

2) What is your biggest memory of Primary PE when you were at school?
Country dancing and climbing ropes in Gymnastics. I actually have very few memories of primary PE (Not sure if this says more about the quality of it, or my age?). Secondary School PE reminds me of Fizz Ward, the women who single handedly nurtured my love of Hockey.

3) What are your favourite sports?
Hockey and Rugby.

4) Describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined, Loyal, Demanding.

5) If you were an animal, what would you be?
A dog - I admire their loyalty.

6) What's your best advice to anyone teaching PE?
Expand your knowledge. It is the best subject in the world to teach when you are comfortable in the knowledge you hold. All curriculum areas can be taught in a PE lesson, and the engagement you get from your children is far superior to what you get in a classroom.

7) What brought you to work for Teach, Learn, Grow – Physical Education?
It's mine! Many years ago I decided to follow my heart and get involved in teaching primary PE. I saw a need for teachers to upskill their knowledge and confidence and spent years doing this with teachers across the East Midlands. Now, with the Teach, Learn, Grow – Physical Education site, we can expand our reach and knowledge to a wider teaching community.

8) What's the most satisfying thing about delivering an outstanding PE lesson?
Seeing the enjoyment when children achieve something that they doubted they could do. Also, seeing the social impact that PE can have on pupils when taught well.

9) Who inspires you?
My Mum!

10) Favourite flavour crisps?
Tangy cheese doritos!

Matt Mansfield

Matt Mansfield

Head of PE & School Sport - Scotland

1) Tell us a little bit about you?
I have been delivering PE in Primary Schools for the last 8 years. More recently, my time has been focused on working alongside teachers to improve their knowledge and confidence in delivering PE lessons. I am a UKCC qualified coach in a wide range of sports, a Balance and Bikeability instructor, a British Gymnastics qualified coach and a whole load of other things! I have vast experience of coaching EYFS age children, specializing in nursery and reception age groups.

2) What is your biggest memory of Primary PE when you were at school?
Can`t really remember, my age and memory are against me on that one! Although I do have flashbacks to country dancing…..urrgghh!

3) What are your favourite sports?
Rugby, Cricket, Ice Hockey and Football. I enjoy watching my eldest son play Ice Hockey and frequently watch the mighty Hammers!

4) Describe yourself in 3 words? -
Enthusiastic, fun, honest

5) If you were an animal, what would you be?
A Cheetah, fast and athletic!

6) What's your best advice to anyone teaching PE?
Keep everybody involved and active as much as possible, make sure everybody achieves something every session.

7) What brought you to work for Teach, Learn, Grow – Physical Education?
The opportunity to support teachers. I want to help them increase their knowledge and confidence whilst decreasing their already bursting workload.

8) What's the most satisfying thing about delivering an outstanding PE lesson?
The knowledge that you have played a part in the progression of childrens skill base in sport.

9) Who inspires you?
In a sporting capacity, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Moore and Sachin Tendulkar.

10) Favourite flavour crisps?
Cool Original Doritos, Prawn Cocktail Pringles, Skips, Wotsits, Salt and Vinegar McCoys, Scampi and Lemon Nik Naks, Flamin' Hot Monster Munch….You did ask!

Cat Jones

Cat Jones

Head of Training and Development

1) Tell us a little bit about you?
I have a BA honours 2:1 classification in Psychology and Educational development and have taught for 7 years in large inner city primary schools in Derby. My teacher training took place in year 1 and year 3 and I completed my NQT induction year in year 5. I then completed a year in year 2 before moving to my last school post where I taught year 6 for 5 years. During this 5 years, I became PE coordinator and then undertook a middle management role of curriculum coordinator. In this role I was involved in mapping and creating a whole school new curriculum, this included mapping whole school PE to integrate with other areas of the curriculum.

2) What is your biggest memory of Primary PE when you were at school?
I absolutely loved sports day, especially running races.

3) What are your favourite sports?
Anything athletic. I have completed 4 triathlons and love swimming, biking and running.

4) Describe yourself in 3 words?
Passionate, caring, hard working (technically four!)

5) If you were an animal, what would you be?
Rabbit

6) What's your best advice to anyone teaching PE?
Look for the opportunities for children to engage with what they have done in PE in other areas of the curriculum. For example, writing instructions for a game they have played. Really focus on the children who perform well in PE who may struggle in other aspects of the curriculum. For some children PE is the most accessible and enjoyable part of the day. Look for where SMSC fits in with PE enhancing children's development. Ensure children compete against themselves so they are constantly trying to better their own time/ distance so they do not feel compared to others. With the high pressure on data, try to put times tables/ number bonds/ counting into warm ups.

7) What brought you to work for Teach, Learn, Grow – Physical Education?
I have known Colin for a number of years and have worked alongside his coaches at Lakeside. It gave me the opportunity to see how PE can have such a positive impact for children and be integrated into so many areas of the curriculum. It also made me aware of how PE can sometimes not have the time and focus it should have.

8) What's the most satisfying thing about delivering an outstanding PE lesson?
The best thing about delivering PE is seeing such enthusiasm and engagement. More often than not I see it from from children who in the classroom find it hard to focus and engage. I also love seeing children work together and compliment each other when they have beaten a time or done something well. In addition to this, seeing them feel confident with a new skill or being able to do something they couldn't at the start of the lesson.

9) Who inspires you?
Alex Pilkington, a friend and colleague. She is the most inspirational person I have worked with in my teaching career. She's full of positivity, drive and enthusiasm for life. Taking part in many endurance races and being a consistently outstanding teacher, she has inspired me tackle things with a positive attitude and always do the best I can.

10) Favourite flavour crisps?
Salt & Vinegar

Victoria Brogan

Victoria Brogan

Gym and Dance Manager

1) Tell us a little bit about you?
I have been dancing since the age of 2 and started performing professionally at the age of 5. I started teaching at 15 for a stage school just helping out on a Saturday. At 16, I went to Performing Arts College graduating with a Trinity Diploma in musical theatre. At 19, I started running my own classes teaching in schools across Leicestershire. I have also travelled, working professionally across the world and had the opportunity to perform for the Queen. In 2013 I began working full time for Major Oak teaching dance and gymnastics in primary schools.

2) What is your biggest memory of Primary PE when you were at school?
Line dancing in the hall!

3) What are your favourite sports?
Dancing and Gymnastics - Obviously!

4) Describe yourself in 3 words?
Fun, energetic and petite.

5) If you were an animal, what would you be?
A Monkey!

6) What's your best advice to anyone teaching PE?
Keep it fun and be prepared to differentiate the lesson for different levels of interest and ability.

7) What brought you to work for Teach, Learn, Grow – Physical Education?
I really wanted to work full time in schools, teaching Gymnastics and Dance and got the opportunity to do this through Teach, Learn, Grow – Physical Education's sister company, Major Oak Sports Coaching. When an opportunity to head up Gym and Dance for TLG arose, Colin approached me about the role and I instantly accepted!

8) What's the most satisfying thing about delivering an outstanding PE lesson?
Seeing children progress and seeing them enjoying Dancing. I love seeing children losing their apprehensions and getting stuck into learning a new routine with their friends.

9) Who inspires you?
Beyonce inspires me because she is an incredible performer and puts 100% into everything she does. Also my mum because she pushed me to be the best I could.

10) Favourite flavour crisps?
Prawn cocktail skips!

Scott Corah

Scott Corah

Head of PE & School Sport – England and Wales

1) Tell us a little bit about you?
I have a Sports Coaching degree, along with my Level 5 Primary PE qualification I have an ambition, a passion to create a learning environment that develops the whole individual, to provide life long skills using PE to become physically literate I also have 2 cats called Biff and Chip

2) What is your biggest memory of Primary PE when you were at school?
Mr Pett telling me to be a windmill when bowling a cricket ball

3) What are your favourite sports?
Football, Rugby, Cricket and a spot of fishing

4) Describe yourself in 3 words?
Positive, determined, Innovative

5) If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would be a monkey, not quite evolved but constantly trying to be human

6) What's your best advice to anyone teaching PE?
Create a positive learning environment with a rationale to your learning intentions

7) What brought you to work for Teach, Learn, Grow – Physical Education?
The aspirations TLG have that will develop Primary PE and therefore child development on a large scale

8) What's the most satisfying thing about delivering an outstanding PE lesson?
Having children apply the knowledge and understanding of the learning objectives throughout the lesson as well as developing as a whole learner. They show the physical, social and emotional attributes within the lesson.

9) Who inspires you?
Michael Jordan – for his approach to success, "I've missed more then 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

10) Favourite flavour crisps?
Crispy Bacon Wheat Crunchies

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