Safety and Risk in Primary School Physical Education: A Guide for Teachers

Safety and Risk in Primary School Physical Education: A Guide for Teachers

Safety and Risk in Primary School Physical Education: A Guide for Teachers

Safety and Risk in Primary School Physical Education: A Guide for Teachers


Physical education and sport in schools is undergoing renewed emphasis and the primary sector key stages are rightly seen as fundamental elements in the new initiatives. The majority of primary school teachers are non-specialists and there is, therefore, a particular need for information on safe planning and practice in physical education to be designed to meet their specific requirements. Safety is a central issue in P.E. and as risk assessment is now a statutory part of Health and Safety at Work requirements, it is vitally important that all staff have a clear understanding of their responsibilities. As all schools are now obliged to undertake risk management, this book addresses a very real need. Safety and Risk in Primary Physical Education gives a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of safety in P.E. in primary schools, including: * legal responsibilities * policies on good practice and risk * pupil readiness * equipment and the environment * each subject area included in the National Curriculum -nbsp;gymnastics, games, dance, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming * checklists of key points for safe practice.


This book seeks to provide relevant and much needed information on safe practice for those concerned with physical education in primary schools.

The subject has always demanded that safe practice be properly acknowledged and addressed, thereby promoting both the safety and safety education of young people. The importance, however, has increased with the growth of legislation in this area, particularly under the requirements for Health and Safety at Work and the incorporated risk management procedures.

Teachers need to be fully aware of the implications of the law and the duty of care responsibilities they bear. The content of this publication will greatly assist their awareness in this regard, helping them to develop as informed practitioners who are able to exercise sound judgement in their work.

Mr Severs has a long and successful background in physical education, as a teacher, local authority advisory teacher, lecturer, consultant and expert witness. He is a knowledgeable enthusiast whose wide experience in the field has enabled him to produce a timely publication.

The content will inform readers on suitable physical activities combined with safe practice for infant and junior school pupils, providing information and guidance by which students and teachers of the primary age group may engage in physical education with confidence and competence.

It should be available for reference in schools and Initial Teacher Training establishments as an essential complement to the programmes and schemes of the National Curriculum.

Norman R. Eve
Safety Officer, British Association of Advisers and
Lecturers in Physical Education (BAALPE)

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