The Routledge Handbook of Primary Physical Education goes further than any other book in exploring the specific theoretical and practical components of teaching PE at the primary or elementary school level. As the most comprehensive review of theory, research and practice in primary PE yet published, it represents an essential evidence-based guide for all students, researchers and practitioners working in this area.

Written by a team of leading international primary PE specialists from academic and practitioner backgrounds, this handbook examines the three discourses that dominate contemporary PE: health, education and sport. With case studies from twelve countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Spain and South Korea, it provides a truly international perspective on key themes and issues such as:

  • primary PE pedagogy, policy and curriculum development
  • assessment and standards
  • child development
  • diversity and inclusion
  • teacher training and professional development.

Offering an unprecedented wealth of material, this handbook is an invaluable reference for any undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme in primary physical education or any primary teacher training course with a physical education element.

chapter 1|5 pages


part I|41 pages

The nature and purpose of the primary physical education discourse

part II|37 pages

Educational policy and curriculum

chapter 5|10 pages

Curriculum Drivers

chapter 6|13 pages

The Deliverers Debate

part III|93 pages

Learning and learners

chapter 12|11 pages

Diversity and Inclusion

part IV|152 pages

Primary physical education in the global context

chapter 16|11 pages

Primary Physical Education in England

chapter 28|4 pages

Where to go From Here?