Physical Education and Sport Policy

  1. What is this policy about?
    1. This policy provides a framework to support physical education and sport in ACT public schools.
  2. Policy Statement
    1. Physical education and sport activities play an important role in enhancing students’ health and fitness, support curriculum delivery and contribute to a positive school culture.
    2. Schools will comply with all requirements contained in the Physical Education and Sport Procedures and Physical Education and Sport: Activity-Specific Mandatory Guidelines.
    3. Students in kindergarten to year 6 will be provided with a minimum of 25 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day as part of planned physical education and sport programs.
    4. Students from year 7 to 10 will be provided with a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week as part of planned physical education and sport programs.
    5. Schools will make reasonable adjustments to provide all students the opportunity to access and participate in physical education.
    6. Principals will ensure physical education and sport events are supervised by an individual with appropriate qualifications and suitable experience to manage the activity.
    7. Students participating in any sport event must have informed consent and current medical information from a parent/carer.
    8. Teachers planning to conduct any activities not listed as approved physical education or sport activities must submit a proposal to the Learning and Teaching Branch for consideration to be included as an approved activity. The Directorate will notify schools of additional approved activities.
    9. Persons who work or have contact with children while taking part in certain regulated activities or services, unless exempt under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011, must be registered with the Office of Regulatory Services.
  3. Who does this policy apply to?
    1. This policy applies to all ACT public schools, principals, Directorate staff, students, parents, carers, volunteers, visitors, local and wider community members engaged in the provision of physical education and sport.
  4. Context
    1. The ACT Government recognises the importance of providing students with opportunities to participate in physical education and sport.
    2. The opportunity to participate in physical education and sport plays an important role in building students’ confidence, lifelong health and fitness.
    3. This policy aims to ensure the participation of all students in safe and effective physical education and sport activities.
  5. Responsibilities
    1. The principal is responsible for:
      • implementing this policy
      • ensuring the school meets the mandatory times for moderate to vigorous physical activity
      • verifying appropriate safety measures are in place in accordance with risk assessment and management plans
      • ensuring suitably qualified and experienced people plan and lead physical education and sport activities
      • seeking approval from Infrastructure Capital Works section if the school intends to permanently install infrastructure within the school boundaries to support physical education and sport activities
      • ensuring all physical education and sport activities meet the requirements of relevant Directorate policies.
    2. Policy Owner: The Director, Learning and Teaching is responsible for this policy.
  6. Monitoring and Review
    1. The Policy Owner monitors this policy, including an annual scan of operation and review. A full review will be conducted within a three year period. Mandatory procedures relating to specific activities will be updated as required.
  7. Contact
    1. For support contact the Learning and Teaching Branch on (02) 6205 9204.
  8. Complaints
    1. Any concerns about the application of this policy or the policy itself, should be raised:
  9. References
    1. Definitions
      • Appropriate Qualifications to Lead Physical Education and Sport Activities: is a teaching degree; or formal qualification (e.g. National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) Level 1) in the particular sport; or demonstrated experience in a particular sport to the satisfaction of the principal.
      • Informed consent: means that parents/carers give written agreement for their child to participate in an activity after they have been made aware of the details of the activity, including the associated risks and costs. Exchange of information between schools and parents/carers should be in writing where possible and any verbal communication confirmed in writing.
      • Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity: refers to the intensity of an activity. Moderate intensity includes power walking and cycling. Vigorous intensity includes running, hiking uphill and swimming.
      • A parent: is a person having parental responsibility for the child under the Children and Young People Act 2008, including a carer appointed under that Act.
      • Physical Education: is the process of gaining knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to health and physical education mainly through physical activity.
      • Physical Education Activity: includes all activities in physical education and health programs which accelerate the heart rate.
      • Risk Assessment and Management Plans: are the Directorate’s planning templates to support identification and analysis of risk.
      • Sport: is the collective term for all physical activity formalised by a set of rules, usually competition based. In a school environment, sport can occur within the physical education curriculum and as an extracurricular activity.
      • Sporting Event: is the term given to sporting activities that are not part of the delivery of regular physical education and health programs. This includes trials, training, preparation sessions and competition held in addition to regular physical education.
    2. Legislation
    3. Implementation Documents
      • Physical Education and Sport Procedures
      • Physical Education and Sport: Activity-Specific Mandatory Guidelines
    4. Related Policies and Information
      • Excursions Policy
      • Outdoor Adventure Activities Policy
      • Outdoor Adventure Activities Procedures
      • Outdoor Adventure Activities: Activity-Specific Mandatory Guidelines
      • Risk Management Framework
      • Working with Children and Young People - Volunteers and Visitors (Interim) Policy.

Physical Education and Sport Policy: PES201702 is the unique identifier of this document. It is the responsibility of the user to verify that this is the current and complete version of the document, available on the Directorate’s website at http://www.education.act.gov.au/publications_and_policies/school_and_corporate_policies/A-Z/.

Policy Identifier: PES201702

Published: February 2017

Related Policies and Information:

  • Excursions Policy
  • Outdoor Adventure Activities Policy
  • Outdoor Adventure Activities Procedures
  • Outdoor Adventure Activities: Activity-Specific Mandatory Guidelines
  • Risk Management Framework
  • Working with Children and Young People - Volunteers and Visitors (Interim) Policy.