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Happiness Factories


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Phil Mathe is an international PE teacher with over 15 years' experience of working in, leading and developing PE departments and PE curricula. Having worked in five unique geographical, cultural and socio-economic environments, Phil has developed a passionate belief that PE can be more than a series of disconnected physical experiences and strives to encourage a more joined-up, holistic and pupil-focused approach to PE. Phil is a passionate advocate for the idea that 'context is key' and that every school should provide a meaningful PE programme that works specifically for the pupils within their school. A lifelong love of physical activity and sport drives Phil's motivation to encourage all pupils to engage with and experience success through physically rich, active and diverse opportunities and he regularly speaks on the subject at conferences and events globally. Phil has undertaken a MA in Education, focused on the provision of holistic education within an international context and brings this research into his work. Married with teenage children, Phil has seen first-hand the importance of encouraging engagement but also has a clear understanding that different pupils must be given different focuses, provision and ultimately a wide range of opportunities to experience success through physical education.


Whether you're new to physical education or an old hand, Happiness Factories collates the traditional approaches and modern thinking around this great subject and confirms there is not just one way to teach PE. Phil Mathe's humble and honest reflections allow you to reflect on your own practices and approaches to teaching and curriculum development. I would recommend this book to any PE teacher who wants practical, research-led information on how to develop their own PE curriculum in their own context and consider the many case studies from around the globe included in this book.
*Anna Sheppard, head of PE, The Alice Smith School*

This book is an easy read that requires you to pick it up and put it down quite often, as it contains constant reflection points throughout. Weaved neatly within relevant theory and the reality of teaching PE, a number of international colleagues share their ways to 'happiness', which promote further reflection in and on action.

It's a slow burner, calling you to read more, to consider your own practice and engage in reflective action.
*Dr Julie Pearson, course lead for primary PGCE (M) with a specialism in PE and senior lecturer in primary physical education*

A refreshing recalibration that provokes our practice. It reminds our fraternity of the unique impact that physical education possesses in educating our learners. Phil cleverly pieces together academic research alongside international examples that demonstrates best practice from around the globe. A tribute to our sharing and caring profession.
*Matthew Trowbridge, director of sport and wellbeing, Aberdare Community School, Wales*

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