What makes a quality physical education program?
Well if you go to Google for the answer you could be a while coming to any conclusions … 1, 520,000,000 – that’s a lot of zeros. And a lot of people who have made an attempt to answer the question.
The first result that comes up is a link with this definition:
A quality program focuses on the successes of students so that they are motivated to continue. Developing positive behaviours toward physical activity is a key goal of physical education.
The National Association of Sport and Physical Education in the US identifies four essential components of a high quality PE program:
- Opportunity to learn
- Meaningful content
- Appropriate instruction
- Student and program assessment
Quality Physical Education (QPE) represents active, inclusive, peer-led learning. UNESCO, 2017
PDHPE, in my opinion, is the most important subject in the school curriculum. Yes, I might be biased, but the evidence seems to support this view also. No other subject prepares students for their future life quite like PDHPE. Physical education plays a key role in the development of these essential life skills as emphasised by UNESCO in the Quality Physical Education Policy.
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Quality PE workshops planned for 2021
Our recent Community Survey highlighted to us that this is a question that many PDHPE teachers are grappling with. More than 1 in 3 respondents wanted professional learning around how to implement quality movement-based lessons and almost 1 in 2 respondents wanted practical strategies to engage disengaged students in PE.
Planning is underway for a program of professional learning that will focus on developing, implementing and assessing quality, inclusive and engaging physical education programs.