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New South Wales Australia ~ Physical Education Pedagogy
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Toward Developing a Pedagogy for Teaching Social Dance

The following is is a series of documents and videos which set standards for primary level public school educators (generalists) as well as standards for Health & Physical Education Teachers which include guidelines related to the teaching of dance PK-12 in New South Wales Australia. It is one of the best I have found so far, in part because of their extremely strong focus on student "personal development" as a major program focus. 


YouTube Channel for Central Coast (Australia) Health Promotion

The channel features videos related to health promotion intervention standards for PK-12 students on the Central Coast of New South Wales (NSW) Australia. The YouTube series includes at least one, day-long, professional development specifically related to teaching dance (Published on Feb 3, 2016)

 links directly to the New South Wales web site which outline standards for "Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) Courses" which includes dance as part of the curriculum




Through the study of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education courses, students develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes needed to take action to protect and enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing in varied and changing contexts. Physical education is fundamental to the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively.


This course provides students with opportunities to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity. Students develop self-management, interpersonal and movement skills to become empowered, self-confident and socially responsible citizens.

PDHPE Years 7–10 course description

PDHPE K–10 Syllabus (2018)  

Syllabus development in PDHPE

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR PDHPE 7–10 (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, which includes dance)


Teacher Professional Development Day Teaching Dance

Clips from day long training for elementary teachers in New South Wales Australia
re: incorporating dance into NSW PDHPE curriculum (personal development, health
and physical education)*


The following description of the workshop day is from the NSW web site

“The workshops explain the links between the activities and NSW K-6 PDHPE syllabus, which 
includes 3 fantastic dance activities for teachers to run with their students, and reviews the 
elements of dance and the syllabus outcomes within PDHPE and Creative Arts The presenter is Sue Lane.

"Sue has a way of enabling generalist primary school teachers to choreograph and teach dance, 
and have loads of fun in the process. She is an accomplished teacher and lecturer in creative 
and performing arts.

"The Hand-Jive is a super fun way to teach dance steps. Sue teaches the steps to a Romanian 
folk dance by first learning them seated and slapping the thighs. This is then transferred to standing.

"We thank Sue for allowing us to video and publish her workshop presentation. Thanks also to our wonderful and enthusiastic teachers.

"The clips were created for the Central Coast Primary School Teacher’s PDHPE Network by 
the Central Coast Local Health District Health Promotion Service. All videos in this series 
were filmed at PDHPE Teacher professional development workshops on the Central Coast of 
New South Wales".

Comment: I think this series of workshops is excellent. It is chock full of creativity and wonderful ideas that the average primary level classroom teacher, and Health & Physical Education teachers can take with them and put to use immediately in their public school teaching. It is an excellent start, which also leaves room for a higher level


To learn more about the PDHPE Network visit

HEALTH PROMOTION ACTION 2016 - 2017 Year in Review PDF

Central Coast Health Promotion Gateway

Course descriptions | NSW Education Standards

Life Skills | NSW Education Standards

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education | 
NSW Education Standards


Personal Development, Health and Physical Education K-6 Syllabus

PDHPE K–6 | NSW Education Standards

PDHPE K–10 NEW | NSW Education Standards

PDHPE 7–10 | NSW Education Standards

NSW K-6 PDHPE syllabus - Google Search

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