The Project

The DIPPE (Disentangling Inclusion in Primary Physical Education) project is a Strategic Partnership for school education in the Key Action 2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices in the Erasmus+ programme aiming to make available inclusive physical education strategies to teachers.

Project Start: 01-12-2018 – End: 31-05-2021

Context and background

Inclusion requires teachers to develop methods and ways to fully include young people including those with additional needs) in school, but which also benefit everybody. Physical Education (PE) has holistic benefits for all in physical, social and cognitive domains. There are additional benefits for children with additional needs including the development of motor skills, the reduction of the risk for secondary medical conditions, the promotion of cognitive development, and the promotion of language and communication. In the interest of the holistic development of young children, generalist primary school teachers teach all subjects of the curriculum in many countries while other countries have specialists PE teachers or both.

Literature highlights the challenges teachers experience teaching PE, particularly as non-specialist teachers. The practices adopted by PE teachers are critical to the success of true inclusion policies. As teacher educators we believe from our work that it is challenging for teachers to find information and resources related to inclusion in PE in one specific platform.

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  • To map the current situation with regard to accessing information and resources on inclusion in primary PE
  • To develop a teacher support resource to disentangle challenges related to inclusion in primary PE;
  • To make the resource available in a free open educational platform;
  • To develop a teacher training toolkit for the implementation of this resource.
A short description
of the project results
  • A free open educational resource for teachers to access information, pedagogical tools and resources to include all children in Primary PE lessons to allow quality learning to support children’s well-being, physical literacy and lifelong physical activity.
  • A teacher training restoolkit to facilitate the implementation of the educational resource.
  • Strengthening of primary school teachers in the delivering of inclusive PE.
  • Access for teacher educators in initial, induction and in-service teacher training to new, innovative resources allowing them to disentangle inclusion in primary PE in the training of student teachers.
Intellectual Outputs
  • Intellectual Output 1: Recommendation document on disentangling inclusive primary physical education
  • Intellectual Output 2: Thematic modules on inclusion challenges in primary physical education
  • Intellectual Output 3: Website
  • Intellectual Output 4: Teacher training resource/toolkit
  • Intellectual Output 5: Guidelines and recommendations for implementation