Why are children being bullied in schools?
Posted On July 18, 2021
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s research shows that physical education is a key part of children’s learning and that bullying can negatively impact students’ mental health.
The latest data shows that more than half of schools are not doing enough physical education in their classrooms and more than one in five teachers are not training teachers to teach physical education.
The Australian Education Union’s latest report found that physical educators were more likely to be sacked or demoted in the past year, while one in six teachers were suspended or warned for bullying.
A recent survey also found that children’s mental health in schools was at an elevated risk, with almost a quarter of teachers saying they felt bullied.
The AAP’s deputy president for physical education says physical education teachers are critical to the school environment and that schools need to continue to focus on physical education as a key component of the curriculum.
“Physical education teachers provide a critical role in keeping kids safe, learning, and feeling safe,” said Dr Jodie Boulter.
“It is essential that we ensure teachers are trained and supported in ensuring they are doing the right thing and that they are providing the best possible physical education experience to students.”
The AAP also said physical education has been shown to reduce bullying and mental health issues in schools, with the number of students who have had an attempted suicide at school down over 40 per cent since 2014.
However, a survey conducted by the National Association of Head Teachers showed that only one in four physical education instructors are satisfied with their teaching, with one in three saying they are not satisfied.
“While it is encouraging that more physical education programs are being developed, it is critical that the right leadership is in place to ensure physical education remains the cornerstone of our school culture,” said Ms Boulters.
The Association of Schools and Communities (ASCC) is calling on the Government to establish a national network of accredited physical education organisations (PEAs) to provide education to schools and other communities.
This would also include funding for PEAs to support schools and communities to develop a high quality physical education curriculum.
The ASCC has also called on the Minister for Primary Industries to ensure the current funding levels for PEA are maintained.
“The current funding level is woefully inadequate to support PEAs and schools across Australia to provide an appropriate physical education program for students across all schools,” said Aileen Williams, chair of the ASCC’s National Schools and Schools Board.
“We need to ensure that the current level of funding for schools is sufficient to support the best physical education programme for all schools and we are calling on Minister for Education and Primary Industries, Alan Tudge, to set a new funding level to ensure this is the case.”
The ASCCC has called on Education Minister Alan Tangerton to establish the National Physical Education Network (NPEN) to deliver PEAs across Australia.
The National PEAs Network was established by the Government in December 2016 to develop PEAs for the most disadvantaged and disadvantaged schools in Australia.
As part of the NPEN, a group of schools across the country will be able to develop the curriculum and provide training for teachers.
“National PEAs Networks will be an important way to deliver quality physical activities for children across Australia and to build up the capacity of schools to provide physical education for all students in a holistic and integrated way,” Ms Williams said.
“NPENs are vital tools in the building of our National Physical Environment (NPA), including physical education and health.”
Schools and communities need to make sure that they continue to invest in physical education through PEAs, said Ms Williams.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions’ chief executive officer, Julie Williams, said physical schools are key to the country’s economic recovery. “
Teachers must understand the importance of physical education to their students’ well-being and ensure that they have the right skills and training to provide safe, quality physical environment.”
The Australian Council of Trade Unions’ chief executive officer, Julie Williams, said physical schools are key to the country’s economic recovery.
“These schools are vital to Australia’s economy and are vital part of our economic recovery,” she said.
The ACT Government’s latest draft of the National Schools & Schools Board Plan 2020 outlines the importance that schools have in the recovery of the economy and the community.
“As the nation’s economy continues to recover, schools are essential to the recovery and growth of our economy and communities,” it said.
Mr Tangerts new $12 billion investment to expand physical education will include funding to: 1) build new PEAs throughout the country.
2) expand the number and quality of PEAs in the school curriculum.
3) provide PEAs through the NPA Network.
4) ensure that all schools have access to PEAs.
The draft plan also provides a new $10 million funding model to be used for schools to deliver physical education services.
The plan also proposes funding to ensure PEAs are accessible to students and parents.