ACHPER, ASPA, APPA and Tennis Australia are voicing collective concern about recent new evidence showing that we are putting kids at early higher risk of chronic disease and impeding their academic progress by failing to provide quality Health and Physical Education in all schools.
The associations warn that now more than ever before, health education, physical education and sport needs to be at the forefront of our children’s education.
“Findings from the Australian Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) study led by Prof Dick Telford has demonstrated that children who were taught quality Health and Physical Education entered secondary school with a substantially increased progression in nationally assessed numeracy and literacy, in addition to a range of important health benefits,” said National Executive Director of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), Alison Turner.
“This recent new evidence of the health and academic benefits, as well as the extremely important social benefits, vindicate the premise that mind and body work together for optimal educative development of the child.
“We highlight a collective need for Principals and Government to start listening to what the LOOK findings prove, which is that quality Health and Physical Education improves academic performance in schools, especially numeracy,” said Turner.
President of APPA, Dennis Yarrington, said that improving the support and access to a Physical Education specialist teacher for classroom teachers will ensure all students access high quality Health and Physical Education lessons.
“We need to ensure our graduate primary teachers are entering the school with the confidence and competence to teach the Health and Physical Education learning area of the curriculum,” Yarrington said.
“This challenge is not just for schools to solve. It requires a community, government and other organisations collaborative response. This can be best achieved through a National Physical Activity Strategy that will provide direction for the future. We need to see this as investing for a more active and healthier community and for the future health of our children”.
Deakin University researchers have developed a new resource for teachers to better understand how their students are using technology outside the classroom to support student learning. Read More
Facebook is a great way to goof off but when tweaked for the workplace it can be used as a very powerful communications and collaboration tool and the familiar layout and functions mean there’s very little training involved to get it running. Read More
Coders’ resource and collaboration site GitHub is offering schools its tools for free in a new GitHub Education bundle which includes developer tools, workflows for teachers and training. Read More
With the addition of Jacaranda to the Copyright Agency’s LearningField digital textbook platform, teachers now have access to the resources of 20 of Australia's best educational publishers. Read More
The jury is still out on the the use of parents' personal income tax receipts to determine the amount of funding given to Independent and Catholic schools and the Independent Schools Council says caution should be exercised. Read More