Physical education is an important part of the primary curriculum and one that provides unique challenges for those involved with its teaching. This book offers a balanced and comprehensive overview of the subject, covering issues such as safe practice in PE, inclusion, subject leadership, and cross-curricular approaches supported by an accessible theory-informed approach. The Second Edition includes: • Links to the new National Curriculum in England • Each chapter mapped against the Teachers’ Standards • A new chapter on physical literacy and development in the early years and primary ages • A new chapter on health-focused education and the contribution of PE • Added case studies in every chapter • Enhanced coverage of assessment in PE This book includes a companion website with additional resources! This book includes a companion website with additional resources!

Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing

Chapter aims

  • To develop an understanding of the underlying models and theories relating to children’s health and wellbeing
  • To identify and explore factors which influence children’s health and wellbeing
  • To discuss key policies associated with children’s health and wellbeing
  • To apply models, theories and policies to the primary context

Links to Teachers’ Standards

In working through this chapter, you should develop your knowledge associated with the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011) detailed in Table 9.1.


The health and wellbeing of the individual is rightly gaining prominence in understanding pupils’ behaviour and performance in school. Factors such as eating, exercise, social interactions, social media and the digital era all influence how children grow and develop. Research (Kohl et al., 2012; Standage et al., 2012) shows that current levels ...

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