Benchmarks for Physical Education

Published 01/01/2017.  Last updated 11/04/2023
sourceLearning resources schoolHealth and Wellbeing (HWB) categoryAssessment

The progression framework is set out in two formats: a single level version with a narrative of what physical education looks like at that level; and, an early – fourth level 'look across' format which allows practitioners to plan forward and track back.

How to use this resource

The Benchmarks set out clear statements about what learners need to know and be able to do to achieve a level in Physical Education. They streamline and embed a wide range of existing assessment guidance, including the significant aspects of learning and progression frameworks, providing a single key resource to support teachers’ professional judgement.

The Benchmarks should be used to help monitor progress towards achievement of a level and to support professional dialogue and judgement of when a learner has achieved a level.

It is not necessary for learners to demonstrate evidence of every aspect of learning within the Benchmarks before moving on to the next level. However, it is important that this is interpreted in ways which ensure no major gaps in children's and young people's learning.

Explore this resource

The purpose of this document is to support professional learning and reflection on assessing progress and achievement in health and wellbeing.

PDF file: Professional learning paper: Assessing progress and achievement in health and wellbeing – Physical Education ( 304 KB)

The resource provides:

  • an outline of what breadth, challenge and application look like within Physical Education
  • information on planning for progression through curriculum levels, using breadth, challenge and application

This resource supplements Principles and practice and the Experiences and outcomes for Health and Wellbeing.

Glossary

A glossary of terms which defines specialist physical education terminology found in the progression frameworks:

PDF file: Physical Education - Glossary of terms (46 KB)

Benchmarks

Single level benchmarks from Early to Fourth Level. This contains a narrative describing the skills, knowledge, capabilities and attributes that children and young people learn at that level:

PDF file: Benchmarks at Early Level

PDF file: Benchmarks at First Level

PDF file: Benchmarks at Second Level

PDF file: Benchmarks at Third Level

PDF file: Benchmarks at Fourth Level

Benchmarks for Physical Education

Published 01/01/2017.  Last updated 11/04/2023
sourceLearning resources schoolHealth and Wellbeing (HWB) categoryAssessment

The progression framework is set out in two formats: a single level version with a narrative of what physical education looks like at that level; and, an early – fourth level 'look across' format which allows practitioners to plan forward and track back.

How to use this resource

The Benchmarks set out clear statements about what learners need to know and be able to do to achieve a level in Physical Education. They streamline and embed a wide range of existing assessment guidance, including the significant aspects of learning and progression frameworks, providing a single key resource to support teachers’ professional judgement.

The Benchmarks should be used to help monitor progress towards achievement of a level and to support professional dialogue and judgement of when a learner has achieved a level.

It is not necessary for learners to demonstrate evidence of every aspect of learning within the Benchmarks before moving on to the next level. However, it is important that this is interpreted in ways which ensure no major gaps in children's and young people's learning.

Explore this resource

The purpose of this document is to support professional learning and reflection on assessing progress and achievement in health and wellbeing.

PDF file: Professional learning paper: Assessing progress and achievement in health and wellbeing – Physical Education ( 304 KB)

The resource provides:

  • an outline of what breadth, challenge and application look like within Physical Education
  • information on planning for progression through curriculum levels, using breadth, challenge and application

This resource supplements Principles and practice and the Experiences and outcomes for Health and Wellbeing.

Glossary

A glossary of terms which defines specialist physical education terminology found in the progression frameworks:

PDF file: Physical Education - Glossary of terms (46 KB)

Benchmarks

Single level benchmarks from Early to Fourth Level. This contains a narrative describing the skills, knowledge, capabilities and attributes that children and young people learn at that level:

PDF file: Benchmarks at Early Level

PDF file: Benchmarks at First Level

PDF file: Benchmarks at Second Level

PDF file: Benchmarks at Third Level

PDF file: Benchmarks at Fourth Level