A Comparative Study of the National Curriculum for Physical Education in Australia and England

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Physical education has yet to become an established and important feature in Australian and English school programs. At one level physical education has enjoyed considerable political support, acquired support from athletes and secured a place on Australia and England's national curriculum. However on another level physical education has been the subject of crisis meetings in Australia, on the verge of being wiped out in later secondary school education in England and had numerous reviews. So why is physical education important? The major factor being the increasing rise in obesity, but also children appear to have less knowledge of physical skill, lack fitness and are very inactive is a few reasons why physical education needs remain in the curriculum but also gain greater priority. The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast the national curriculum for physical education (PE) in Australia and England and comment on any developments that could be made. The areas of interest with in the curriculum are learning objectives of the curriculum and the time allocated with in the curriculum. These areas have been chosen for various reasons. The learning objectives and content of the physical education curriculum have been chosen so that a comparison can be made between the objective of the curriculum i.e. is the objective to just teach sport or is to teach sport and knowledge? Also with in this area are attainment targets. These will be looked at to see how both countries assess the pupils under the curriculum. Time allocation was the other factor chosen, and this was because it follows on from learning objectives and content. Looking at time allocation will show how much time is spent on physical education and the amount of ... ... middle of paper ... ... schools must start to offer more extra curricular activities. This is an issue which both Australia and England have left off their physical education. There could never be a case for making extra-curricular activities compulsory for children but it could be added to the curriculum and state that schools most give the option of after school activity. Regular curriculum checks need to be done to make sure schools are following the curriculum. To bring to a conclusion there are certainly many differences between physical education in England and Australia. However both countries have fallen prey to the notion that physical education isn't considered important and therefore has deteriorated somewhat. England has recently made physical education a priority but unfortunately with the lack of information able to be gained a proper conclusion can't be drawn on Australia.

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