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Health and Physical Education (HPE)

 

Health and Physical Education offers experiential learning, with a curriculum that is relevant, engaging, contemporary, physically active, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate. Integral to Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills, concepts and strategies that enable students to confidently and competently participate in a range of physical activities.

In Health and Physical Education students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to support them to be resilient, to develop a strong sense of self, to build and maintain satisfying relationships, to make health-enhancing decisions in relation to their health and physical activity participation, and to develop health literacy competencies in order to enhance their own and others’ health and wellbeing.

Writing of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

Draft Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Consultation

ACARA consulted on the Draft F-10 Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education from 10 December 2012 to 12 April 2013. A total of 279 responses to the online survey and 99 written submissions were received by ACARA. Read the Draft F–10 Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Consultation Report and directions for revisions.

Feedback from consultation informed the revisions to the draft curriculum in preparation for validation of the achievement standards.

Introductory video

Watch an introductory video to the draft Health and Physical Education from Professor Doune Macdonald


Validation of achievement standards

Validation of the F–10 Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education achievement standards commenced on 17 July 2013. The purpose of validation is to ensure that the achievement standards provide a clear progression of achievement across each band of learning in the revised curriculum.
 
As part of this process, ACARA hosted workshops with teachers and curriculum experts from across the country to critique and provide feedback about the pitch, progression and clarity of the achievement standards. Feedback from the validation process will inform any further revisions.
 

Advisory Group for Health and Physical Education (Writing phase)

The Advisory Group will provide advice on directions, broad outlines and draft curriculum documents during the writing phase for the development of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. 

View the composition of the Health and Physical Education Advisory Group (Writing phase)

Shaping of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education sets the broad direction for the writing of the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education. This has been developed with significant input from teachers, academics, professional teachers’ associations, education authorities and the broader health and physical education community.

Click here to view the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

Bibliography for the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education 
 

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education Consultation report

Consultation on the Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education was held between March and June 2012. ACARA received over 1000 responses nationally to the online questionnaire and 166 written submissions. The final report is now available.

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Consultation Report 
 

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

The Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education was developed in 2012. The comments, suggestions and findings from the Advisory Group, national forum and National Panel  informed its development.
 

Advisory Group for Health and Physical Education (Shaping phase)

The Advisory Group will provide advice on directions, structures and key issues during the development of the Shape Paper for Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.

View the composition of the Health and Physical Education Advisory Group (Shaping Phase)
 

Announcement of Professor Doune Macdonald as Lead Writer for the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

Professor Macdonald completed her undergraduate degree in Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland before teaching health and physical education in primary and secondary schools. Professor Macdonald obtained her PhD through Deakin University and rejoined the School of Human Movement Studies at University of Queensland in 1990.

In 1998 she won an Australian Award for University Teaching. Professor Macdonald serves on the editorial boards of Sport, Education and Society, and Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, and is a Board Member of Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d'Education Physique.

Professor Macdonald's research interests focus on understanding the shifts in the field of Health and Physical Education at the primary, secondary and tertiary level using predominantly qualitative methods. In particular, much of her work has addressed the challenges of curriculum reform and its impact upon teachers and teaching.

View Professor Macdonald's professional biography

 

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