SPEA is promoting the National QDPE Award.
One application to qualify for both National & Provincial recognition.
Be Recognized for Your Quality Physical Education Program
Thank you to the Saskatchewan Games Council for joining with SPEA to sponsor our QDPE recognition plaques!
The Quality Daily Physical Education Award Program recognizes schools who offer QDPE, and encourages excellence in school physical education programs. The QDPE Award program requires schools to assess their physical education program based on a set of criteria identified in the QDPE application form. Any Canadian school can apply!
PHE Canada Minimum Standards:
PHE Canada Minimum Standards:
- A minimum of 30 minutes of physical education every day of the school year
- Well planned lessons incorporating a wide range of activities that address the provincial curriculum learning outcomes/objectives
- A variety of assessment and evaluation strategies that enhance student learning
- Emphasis on student learning, personal success, fair play, and personal health
- Adherence to provincial student safety guidelines
- Appropriate learning activities for the age/stage of development of each student that reflect current research and best practices
- Opportunities to be physically active beyond scheduled physical education time in order to realize recommended physical activity requirements for students ie: intramurals, extracurricular, school wide physical activity initiatives (DPA)
- Opportunities for student leadership development
- All students are taught by a qualified physical educator (as defined by PHE Canada)
- Achievement of provincial curriculum learning outcomes
Implementing Quality Physical Education programs on a regular basis by qualified teachers ensures that students become physically literate. These students have the attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary to lead active, healthy lives now and in the future.
A quality physical education program in Canada consists of balanced, planned, and meaningful content that is sequentially taught to all students throughout the entire school year by competent and enthusiastic educators as a valued and integrated part of the entire education process.
PHE Canada adheres to the following guiding principles related to Physical Education:
Enhanced Skill and Fitness Development
Students who receive a Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) program taught by a specialist perform better on motor skill and fitness tests (Marshall & Bouffard, 1997; McKenzie et al., 1998) and had better physiological outcomes (McKenzie et al., 1995; Sallis et al., 1997; Trudeau et al., 1998)
Increased Motivation Towards Activity
Students score higher on enjoyment, attitudes and knowledge towards healthy lifestyles when they receive a QDPE program (Bungum et al., 2000; Janzen et al., 2003)
Enhanced Academic Performance
Students who receive regularly scheduled physical education classes maintain, and often enhance, academic performance (Chomitz et al., 2009; Sallis et al., 1997; Shephard, 197; Trudeau & Shephard, 2008)
Enhanced Leisure Time Activity
Children are more likely to be active during their leisure time on days they take part in physical education classes (Dale et al., 2000)
Enhanced Vigorous Activity During Class
Students taught by physical education specialists spend more class time engaged in moderate to vigorous levels of physical activity (McKenzie et al., 1995; United States Department of Health and Human Services, 1996)
Positive Impact on Obesity
Daily physical education decreases the prevalence of children at risk for overweight and has long-term benefits on overweight/obese children's physical activity levels (Datar, 2004; Perez, 2003)
Positive Long Term Health Impact
Female students receiving a QDPE program are more likely to report being more active and healthier twenty years later than female students who received a minimal physical education program (Shephard & Trudeau, 2000)