Planning, programming and assessing PDHPE K–12

Resources to help you plan, program and assess PDHPE from Kindergarten to Year 12 within supportive learning environments, department policies and best practice approaches.

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) focuses on encouraging students to think critically, solve problems and make informed decisions related to health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity.

Effective pedagogy in PDHPE is centred around basic principles of teaching, learning and assessment.

Instructional models

There are eight recognised and widely used instructional models in PDHPE. A combination of these models support student learning across PDHPE:

  • Direct instruction – Teacher acts as the instructional leader.
  • Cooperative learning – Students learning with, by, and for each other.
  • Personalised system for instruction – Students progress as fast or as slowly as they need to.
  • Peer teaching – Students teach other students.
  • Inquiry teaching – Students are at the centre of inquiry as the problem solver.
  • Tactical games – Skill development and tactical understanding is developed through game play.
  • Teaching for personal and social responsibility – Students learn through taking responsibility for themselves, being empowered and developing relationships.

Learning environment

There are a number of strategies that can be used to create a supportive learning environment which enables students to feel safe to learn and ask questions.

Propositions in action

Learn about the five key propositions which underpin the PDHPE K-10 syllabus.

More information

The following pages provide support for planning, programming and assessing PDHPE K-12.

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