Policy in practice

Review policies and requirements relevant to physical education programs in NSW government schools.

Curriculum requirements

According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) syllabus requirements, students are expected to participate in:

  • between 1.5 and 2.5 hours per week in Kindergarten to Year 6
  • 300 hours PDHPE, over Years 7 - 10, in each of the years.

Physical activity and sport policy

Students in Years K-10 are expected to participate in a minimum of 150 minutes of planned moderate with some vigorous physical activity across the school week. This time includes planned weekly sport. Schools are also encouraged to provide Year 11 and 12 students weekly access to a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate with some vigorous physical activity and sport.

Student participation in planned physical activity includes time spent in physical education, sport and other structured physical activities.

Schools' Sport and Physical Activity programs are expected to be consistent with the Sport and Physical Activity in Schools Safe Conduct Guidelines.

Guidelines for engaging external providers

Principals and teachers need to consider the expertise and approaches of external providers or individuals in the delivery of Physical Education. Effective programs should involve progressive learning that is reinforced over the school years.

Use the Engaging external providers for curriculum implementation guidelines when considering the engagement of an external provider to support teaching and learning programs that address curriculum requirements in public schools.

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