Still Outsiders: The inclusion of disabled children and young people in Physical Education in England

Kevin Dixon*, Stuart Braye, Tom Gibbons

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Abstract

This study calls for the meaningful inclusion of disabled children within Physical Education (PE), by exploring the experiences of a triad of key stakeholders: (a) Disabled children and their families; (b) PE teachers; and (c) Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Providers. Semi-structured interviews were conducted between September 2017 and September 2019 with a total of 34 participants from across these three groups. Thematic analysis of the interviews revealed the following: (i) disabled children still face many barriers to participation in PE lessons in ‘mainstream’ schools in England; (ii) teaching professionals remain unprepared for including disabled children in PE; and, (iii) both parents and teaching professionals (teachers and ITT providers) cited recommendations to enhance the inclusion of disabled children in PE. It is concluded that disabled children are still outsiders to PE in mainstream schools in England and an intervention into PE teacher training is needed to promote strategies for inclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalDisability & Society
Early online date5 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Apr 2021

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