09.08.2011 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Worldwide Survey - Quality Physical Education Indicators and Basic Needs Model

UNESCO is working with the North Western Counties Physical Education Association (NWCPEA) in the launch of a Worldwide Survey on the situation of Physical Education * in schools.

This initiative responds directly to a call from the States Member of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS). The survey will inform the development of:


  • International Indicators on Quality Physical Education (QPE);
  • International Indicators on Quality Physical Education Teacher Training (QPETT);
  • corresponding Basic Needs Models.

Previous Worldwide School Physical Education Surveys (Hardman & Marshall, 2000; and Hardman & Marshall, 2009) drew attention to a number of widespread concerns in physical education provision. Since this time levels of fitness among young people have continued to decline in contrast to rising levels of obesity amongst school children and high school drop-out rates from physical/sporting activity. These concerns persist with indications of further cut-backs in physical education curricula as a consequence of the global financial crisis.

To mitigate against this negative trend, it is imperative that the monitoring of developments in physical education across the world is maintained. Accordingly, UNESCO and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called for monitoring systems to be put into place to regularly review the situation of physical education in every country.

Purpose of the survey
The primary purpose of this Survey is to provide an overview of the situation of physical education in schools across the world. The evidence-based data will inform the development of benchmark indicators on Quality Physical Education (QPE) in schools and Quality Physical Education Teacher Training (QPETT) in provider institutions as well as a School Physical Education Basic Needs Model. more

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