The TES Physical Education group is a great source of lesson ideas and inspiration and is the place to share best practice and get your questions answered by your peers. This is also where you go to debate the latest issues in PE teaching.
I am very grateful that a PE teacher pointed out that we
need a non-nonsense approach to boys PE kit. It is indeed so much easier to
have boys in shorts only with no tops for the reasons that spaceinvader stated.
-You can see at first glance whether they have the proper
-No expensive branded (football) shirts
-You can keep a spare pair of shorts so if a boy forgets
his you just hand him a pair of shorts
-You can evaluate their body and muscle movement much
-Boys usually prefer doing PE shirtless
-Boys can develop a positive body image of themselves
Even though in my school we have a more elaborate PE
kit, I insist in my lesson that boys strip down and wear shorts only. Some
might need some encouragement for the first lesson but it always works out
fine. The irrational fear of paedophiles everywhere (where are they in the gym
hall??) makes us abandon good and traditional no-nonsense practices which have
so many benefits. It just seems crazy.
Just saying that something is "old school" seems to suffice as an argument these days. No further thought needed!
Maybe old school wasn't that bad after all, especially looking at the route that our children and young people are travelling down. Some traditional practices in schooling might help to instill respect and discipline before it is too late.
There is a video on youtube that shows a traditional PE lessons with boys wearing white shorts only. This is a secondary school, a coed lesson, and they are expected to be shirtless. It's the kind of PE lesson that I experienced as a boy in the 80ies. Have a look.
I came across this space while looking up information on the internet about PE kit as my son will probably be attending a grammar school next year that expects boys to do PE without a top. I am very concerned about this as he is a fragile child and easily catches a cold. I would like to know from other parents if they have been able to convince PE teachers that endorse shirtless PE classes to make an excpetion in certain cases. Looking at the video posted above, it seems a bit unfair on the boys to be shirtless then the girls are covered up.
Hi lbenn4. You cannot catch a cold by simply being cold. A cold is a virus, and if he is in the same area as a child who is transmitting the disease, he has exactly the same chance of catching it as if he was wearing a ski jacket.
I can remember the dread and nightmare of PE when I was at school in the 1970’s. We wore shorts and vest. Most of the time we played basketball and one half had to take their tops off to make the 2 teams look different etc. Sometimes we did it outside. I remember dreading the teacher saying the line he always began with when we were going outside “Its quite a nice day.......” I was not sporty and had some difficulty with co-ordination. I never generally touched the ball, I just followed it dunning after those who were playing. It was a humiliating waste of time.
Trying to get the teacher to make exceptions for your son will just make it worse for him and if he does get to wear a top the kids will torment him. If you have picked a school that only wears shorts for PE just live with it.
What you need is “regime change” Start lobbying vocally that no top is a “dinosaur” from the days of frequent child molestation. Go for other parents and the board of govenors.
Concentrate on the unwholesome and perverted nature of making children play sport without a top. If prisoners in prison were made to do activities topless there would be an outcry and so on.
There is a lot on the web about boys swimming nude in American schools up to the 1980’s. Lots of older people on these forums go on about how boys don’t need to wear anything to swim. But obviously that way of thinking would now be seen as perversion so thinking changes. Schools that think boys can do PE topless are still stuck on the path to modernise from the dark era.
The best of luck.
I don't see why is it such a big deal being shirtless for P.E.Do boys have shirts in swimming lessons?What is the difference?
I would like to know the name of the schools with the shirtless policy proving there are still some because I don't know any with such a rule.
Thanks for your answer
I have chosen the
school because it is quite traditional in its ways and in that sense topless PE
for boys seems to be part of that philosophy. I generally agree with the
schools outlook, it's just this one point that I have a problem with. My son is
still quite small, he is a bit fragile and self conscious, having him doing PE
stripped to the waist with other boys who are probably stronger and more boisterous
makes me feel uncomfortable, that’s why I wanted the PE teacher to make an
I can't belive that ANYONE on this thread belives it is appropriate for children to be taking part in exercise half clothed. As a PE teacher of 20 years experience i can safely say that i have NEVER demanded that boys do pe bare chested - how can this POSSIBLY be good for a child's self image?.
They key to this question is the school having its own PE kit : ie the school supplies the shorts and tshirts/rugby shirts/whatever, and therefore controls the 'football shirt' issue.
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