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The impact of COVID-19 on physical education pedagogy and curriculum design

Written by: David Savage
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DAVID SAVAGE, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING, UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA, UK  Physical education (PE) is a practical subject often loved and loathed in equal measure by secondary school pupils, with practitioners devoting considerable time and energy into increasing the numbers who love it and trying to reduce those who loath the subject (Capel and Cliffe, 2020). It is also a subject that often requires people to be in the same space as others, which COVID-19 made ever more challenging. Educational reforms and National Curricula, mostly recently in 2014, have all attempted to provide children with the best possible education; however those outside the discipline of PE are unsure and unaware of the importance that PE has in relation to the nation’s children (Tozer, 2021). In more recent times, the nation’s view of PE has been shaped by Joe Wicks, who has done considerable work in getting people active on a daily basis but, according to Stirrup et al. (2020), very litt

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