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How to include disabled young people in Secondary PE

Including (disabled) young people in PE sessions in Secondary school is vitally important to their ongoing and hopefully lifelong active lifestyle.  There are many challenges for young people at this stage in their life, and it is the point at which high drop outs from sport can be seen in certain groups.  Good quality PE sessions will almost automatically be inclusive because the individuals are at the centre of your planning, and sessions are differentiated so as to challenge all pupils.  In order to make sure that all pupils have great quality PE, think about these key points:

  • Involve the disabled young person in your planning in the early stages – they will be able to tell you about what they can do (their functional ability), what they have done before, and probably put you in touch with some good contacts for providing disability sport sessions
  • Contact your local authority sport development team – they will probably be able to support your sessions
  • Include a disability sport as part of your PE provision – it might be one that one of your (disabled) pupils is already involved with, or it might be new to everyone
  • Bear in mind that the most talented performer in your PE session might be the disabled pupil – try not to make assumptions that modification of sessions will be just for their benefit – it will benefit the whole class
  • You don’t necessarily have to buy new, expensive equipment to make a session inclusive – think creatively and work out what you can do with what you already have
  • If you want any more information – contact Disability Sport Wales or have a look at getting on to a Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All workshop

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