Making Physical Education More Inclusive

We don’t all look back on our school Physical Education (PE) program with fond memories. All children can reap the benefits of physical activity and team sports—benefits related to fitness and mental well-being. But one reason PE programs can be less than memorable is that they’re often one-size-fits-all.

As part of Youth Sport Trust, an independent charity in the UK devoted to changing young people’s lives through sport, the Guardian newspaper ran a live chat on the topic of making school sport and PE more inclusive. Several teachers and experts participated, and here are some of their ideas on the topic:

  • Choice is vital: Children have a range of interests and abilities when it comes to physical activity, so it’s important to offer a variety of choices and introduce new games.
  • ŸEncourage a positive school culture: Rather than see a child with a disability as being “held back” by it, encourage a culture of challenge and achievement.
  • ŸGet students involved in designing the subject: Student input is key.
  • ŸBe proactive: Some schools have spirit days that foster fitness and inclusion; others make physical education a part of every day rather than a separate activity.
  • ŸGet parents involved, too. Promote physical activities that foster fun and friendships and that involve the whole family.
  • ŸChallenge bullies: PE can be a particular focus of bullying; work toward creating an inclusive environment.

To read the full article in the Guardian, click here.

To learn more about the live chat on which the article was based, click here.