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!

Physical Education and the Wider Community

Physical Education and the Wider Community

Chapter aims

  • To review how physical education in primary schools can be supported by the wider community
  • To identify potential external providers and how they can contribute to physical education within the primary school

Links to Teachers’ Standards

In working through this chapter, you should develop your knowledge associated with the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011) detailed in Table 11.1.


Physical education has always been supported by the wider community. All primary schools will have associated secondary schools where pupils transfer at the end of their primary education. Local authorities provide facilities to support physical activity, for example, local sports centres. Some organisations have sports development officers. These might be employed by the local education authorities or an equivalent ...

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