Assessment and standards

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

Routledge Handbook of Primary Physical Education



Place of Publication

Oxfordshire, UK


School of Education




Thompson, M., D., & Penney, D. (2018). Assessment and Standards. In Griggs, G., & Petrie, K (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Primary Physical Education (pp. 74-85). Routledge.


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.

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