Programming for student diversity and inclusion in HPE

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Course overview

This course will explore processes and strategies that can be used in Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) to design and deliver flexible and inclusive programs for all students that are underpinned by a strengths-based approach to learning and the valuing of movement in all its forms.

Through participatory activities we will critically examine the evidence base in relation to physical activity participation and disability and challenge some of the assumptions made about how students with disability can participate in PE lessons.

Using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) participants will be guided through a structured, collaborative process to illustrate how student data and the UDL framework can be used to create relevant, engaging and inclusive learning programs that achieve quality outcomes for all students.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the current practises in their schools for identifying students needs and providing support and to reflect on how the knowledge learning from this course can be used to inspire change.

Learning intention

Participants will be able to plan and deliver effective, innovative and engaging lessons that are inclusive of all students (in particular those students on the edges), using the UDL framework.

Success criteria

  • Demonstrate their understanding of the UDL guidelines and principles through changes and annotations they make to a learning program
  • Actively plan to shift learning from surface to deep to transfer knowledge as a way to meet diverse needs and to challenge and engage
  • Apply the principles of UDL to their programming processes
  • Differentiation of learning activities is proactive not reactive and is in collaboration with students
  • Applying principles of UDL will save time and reduce/remove the need to write separate programs for individual students
  • Understanding the HPE/PDHPE curriculum and how it can be used flexibly to meet the needs of all students.
  • Recognise the dynamic nature of student diversity in your classrooms and your responsibility to program for the needs and abilities of all.


Sarah Humphreys is an education consultant with a passion for developing and promoting curriculum access for all. She presented at the UDL Implementation and Research Network, USA on how the principles of UDL were applied to the development of the Australian Curriculum and now works with schools supporting its implementation. Sarah has a Masters degree in Special Education from London University.



Janice Atkin is a curriculum specialist in Health and Physical Education. Her curriculum development projects include the development of Health and Physical Education curriculum for NSW, Australia and Abu Dhabi. She now provides curriculum support and professional development to departments, schools and teacher across Australia. She has a Masters of Education in Physical and Health Education from the University of Wollongong.

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