Some South Australian primary school students will get more chances to undertake physical education classes at school from next year, with the State Government piloting a new Physical Education/Physical Literacy (PEPL) program.
A $700,000 Sport Australia grant will see the Education Department partner with Hockey Australia, the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) SA branch, the University of Canberra and Flinders University to trial the PEPL program in a number of South Australian primary schools.
The PEPL approach also encourages students to have physical activity ‘snacks’ during the school day, such as a few minutes of exercise between classes, to promote better health and to improve students’ concentration on learning.
The trial will involve students from a number of primary schools that will be selected later this year.
Throughout the trial, specialist educators will work closely with the schools to provide in-class professional development and to enhance teachers’ confidence and competence in teaching physical education.
Schools will also build connections with community organisations and sporting clubs to provide students with a range of extra-curricular opportunities and learning experiences.