Quality Daily Physical Education

QDPE: What is it?
PHE Canada launched the term Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) in 1988 as a way to define a program that is well-planned, taught by qualified and enthusiastic professionals, and offers a variety of learning opportunities to all students on a daily basis throughout the entire school year. PHE Canada developed a definition for QDPE that describes the “minimum” standards required for a school QDPE program.

QDPE is a well-planned school program of compulsory physical education provided for a minimum of 30 minutes each day to all students (kindergarten through grade 12) throughout the school year. A QDPE program includes:

  • Daily curricular instruction for all students (K-12) for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Well planned lessons incorporating a wide range of activities.
  • A high level of participation by all students in each class.
  • An emphasis on fun, enjoyment, success, fair play, self-fulfillment and personal health.
  • Appropriate activities for the age and stage of each student.
  • Activities which enhance cardiovascular systems, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility.
  • A participation based intramural program.
  • Qualified, enthusiastic teachers.
  • Creative and safe use of facilities and equipment.QDPE ensures that all children who receive it have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and habits that they need to lead physically active lives now, and just as importantly, into the future. A QDPE school is one that values the importance of physical education to the complete learning of our children and has engrained QDPE and physical activity into the foundation and culture of the school environment.

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