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Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Most European governments have committed themselves through legislation to making provision for physical education in schools but they have been either slow or reticent in translating this into action in schools. Consequently, there are perceived deficiencies in school physical education provision, specifically in curriculum time allocation, subject and teacher status, financial, material (inadequacies in facility and equipment supply) and qualified teaching personnel resources and the quality and relevance of the physical education curriculum. The crux of the issue, according to the Council of Europe Deputy General Secretary, is a "gap between promise and the reality". This article explores the theme of "promise" and "reality" by drawing from data generated by a number of international, national and regional surveys and an extended longitudinal literature review, which together highlight the extent of the alleged "gap". It examines recent inter-governmental and non-governmental initiatives to address relevant issues and concerns and suggests some policy strategies to assist in converting "promises" into "reality" and so secure a safe future for physical education in schools. (Contains 9 notes.)