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The importance of truly embedding Physical Education into this country’s primary curriculum

Vanessa Jones, Associate Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, welcomes the Government’s decision to invest more money in training primary school teachers with a specialism in Physical Education.

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  • The importance of truly embedding Physical Education into this country’s primary curriculum

    Vanessa Jones, Associate Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, welcomes the Government’s decision to invest more money in training primary school teachers with a specialism in Physical Education.

    “I think it’s an excellent move by the Government. It’s something that the profession has been campaigning for, for a very long time. Primary age is where you really need to start the whole process of getting children engaged in physical activity and it has to be through the realm of specialist teachers, so the move to train more primary PE teachers is absolutely crucial to moving that agenda forward.

    “If you get physical education truly embedded in the curriculum and taught by the specialists, then you get the ability to plan progressive learning and develop physical literacy skills at a very early age, which is crucial, because once children become confident and competent in their movement skills they’re far more likely to engage in physical activity, get into sport and keep going with sport. It’s such a crucial part of their physical development.

    Vanessa Jones Associate Head of ISES (Planning and Resources) | 02 July 2014

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