Episode 9:

Physical Education Inclusion Checklist

Published: August 2011: Updated August 2013, September 2017


Download your Physical Education Inclusion Checklist in this episode. This is a simple yet effective tool you can use to make your physical education classes more inclusive of young people with disability.

Short and sweet but hopefully interesting and helpful this week.

One of our major aims here at The Inclusion Club is to bring you practical tools you can start using immediately.

Checklists are incredibly useful things. Bare with me here. If you have any doubts about what I am saying I strongly recommend you get hold of a copy of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.

This book is no where near as boring as it might sound! Atul Gawande is a surgeon and author who, over many years, struggled to unravel the complexities of some of the medical procedures and processes required by his profession.

He developed a Checklist system to document the necessary processes required for many medical procedures. Just click on the image if you want to read more about Atul’s book.

The Inclusion Club—Episode09 The Checklist Manifesto Cover

For your interest, here is the New York Times Freakonomics Blog review by Steven Levitt on The Checklist Manifesto:

If there is one topic that I have no natural affinity for, it is checklists. I don’t use checklists. I’m not interested in checklists.

Yet, against all odds, I read Atul Gawande’s new book about checklists, The Checklist Manifesto in one sitting yesterday, which is an amazing tribute to the book that Gawande has crafted. Not only is the book loaded with fascinating stories, but it honestly changed the way I think about the world. It is the best book I’ve read in ages.

The book’s main point is simple: no matter how expert you may be, well-designed checklists can improve outcomes (even for Gawande’s own surgical team). The best-known use of checklists is by airplane pilots. Among the many interesting stories in the book is how this dedication to checklists arose among pilots.

Even more interesting are the stories about Walmart’s response to Hurricane Katrina, and the real reason why David Lee Roth used to demand that there be a bowl of M&M’s with all the brown ones removed in his dressing room backstage.

While we are not dealing with medical life and death situations that Atul Guwande is talking about and we are not dealing with the types of complexities either—Checklists are very effective in:

  1. Stimulating our ideas around inclusive strategies
  2. Reminding us of things we should do, and
  3. Improving our outcomes for people with disability

So today we have a free download for you—a simple Checklist on inclusion in physical education.

The Inclusion Club—Episode09 The PE Checklist Cover

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About the author: Peter Downs

About the author: Peter Downs

Founding Director - The Inclusion Club

Peter is Founding Director of The Inclusion Club and Manager of Play by the Rules – a national initiative to promote safe, fair and inclusive sport. Peter has worked for over 25 years in the field of inclusive sport, disability sport and physical activity including 17 years managing the Australian Sports Commission’s Disability Sport Unit.  In 2013 Peter was fortunate enough to receive a Churchill Fellowship to study models of best practice in inclusive sport and physical activity.