Enhancing children's holistic learning through the physical.

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Physical Education and Wellbeing: Global and Holistic Approaches to Child Health (Lynch, 2019)

Recommendations are made in Chapter 15 pp. 204-210

Briefly, research findings suggest the following recommendations for children’s wellbeing to be optimised in schools:

1. PE is prioritised —acknowledged as one of, if not the most important curriculum area in schools.

2. PE must be Quality PE (QPE).

3. The key wellbeing development responsibility of holistic H/PE is associated with being “physically educated”.

4. QPE is the only label advocated.

5. Community partnerships are essential now and in the future.

6. A predominant behavioural approach to PE should be avoided as it does not acknowledge the whole child and can be harmful to children’s wellbeing.

7. PE curriculum must be developed, implemented and evaluated-based on evidence-based research.

8. “Teacher education, supply and development” is the key to enhancing children’s wellbeing.

9. A whole-school approach needs to be adopted for HPE implementation.

10. Specialist teachers are associated with quality delivery of all dimensions of HPE.

11. QPE enhances all children’s development and learning.

12. Every primary school requires a tertiary qualified health and physical education teacher.

13. School Leadership plays a vital role in optimising children’s wellbeing (Lynch, 2019, p. 209).