Across Canada – Newfoundland & Labrador

Provincial Organization

Physical Education Special Interest Council (PESIC)
PESIC website

View the current Newfoundland & Labrador PE/HE curriculum:

Physical Education Curriculum focus

  • In Movement
  • About Movement
  • Through Movement

Allocated Physical Education Time

  • Elementary: 6% instructional time
  • Intermediate: 6% instructional time
  • High School: 1 credit for graduation

 * Allocated time does not necessarily represent actual Physical Education time provided.


Physical Education Curriculum Guidelines Not Being Met

Increased contact time is needed for our students in Physical Education. Currently, the Department of Education recommends 6% curriculum time for Physical Education.  However this is not being met in many schools.  The reality is that the vast majority of schools in Newfoundland and Labrador do not meet the Physical Education “national standard” of 150 minutes per week and, in many cases, don’t meet the current provincial expectation as set out by the Department of Education. A 2007 Physical Education Survey showed the following:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 3 – 62-64% not meeting the Department of Education requirement;
  • Grades 4-6 – 50% not meeting the Department requirement;
  • Grades 7-9 – 35% not meeting Department requirement; and
  • High School – was meeting the recommended time.

The issue is that contact time with students is not sufficient. The 6% recommended by the Department of Education for Physical Education is not being met!

Teacher Workload

Physical Education teachers have unreasonably high numbers of students for whom they are responsible. Also, Physical Education teachers are expected to plan, organize, and implement school physical activity programs. This is causing undue stress for many teachers.
Teacher workload is a growing concern for many Physical Education teachers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Unfortunately the increase in teacher workload may be having a negative impact on the “health” of Physical Education teachers and in turn may be impacting teaching and learning in the classroom.

Updated: June 2, 2009