A message from our National Executive Director - March 2017
10th Mar 17
In support of advocacy for the Health and Physical Education (HPE) learning area in schools, ACHPER has led a statement that focuses on the significance of what you, the teachers and educators in schools, are delivering to students.
With relationships at the forefront of ACHPER’s Strategic Priorities for 2017 – 2019, the release was a collaboration between the peak education representative groups for Principals, the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) and the Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA), and National Sporting Organisation, Tennis Australia.
The statement highlighted a collective need for Principals and Government to start listening to what the Australian Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) study led by Professor Dick Telford (Fritz Duras Memorial Lecturer at the 30th ACHPER International Conference in Canberra in January) proves, which is that quality Health and Physical Education improves academic performance in schools, especially numeracy.
ACHPER will continue to lead on your behalf the advocacy priority for delivery of quality HPE and quality sport pedagogy. ACHPER will also nurture the relationships that will offer a louder voice for advocating for the educative value of the HPE learning area as well as the sporting experience in the school setting.
You may be also interested to know that ACHPER will be attending the National HPE Curriculum Forum in Brisbane over March 23 and 24. This is a gathering of national and state/territory leaders whom represent the learning area of HPE. ACHPER will use this forum as an opportunity to listen and be informed in regards to local context in states and jurisdictions and also current information sharing from the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). This will enable ACHPER to support implementation of the Australian Curriculum: HPE from a national advocacy perspective whilst being informed about state/ territory implementation. ACHPER also aims to takes the conversations commenced at the January ACHPER International Conference in Canberra and engage in discussions to further consolidate ideas and foster actions to support the delivery of quality HPE.
I look forward to sharing discussions with leaders of curriculum in your state and territory and ensuring that ACHPER is best positioned to meet our responsibility of offering you, the members and stakeholders, the best support possible for the important work you do in schools.
ACHPER National Executive Director