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Physical activity at school helps lessen the impact of lockdown

The pandemic has taken its toll on young peoples' mental and physical health, social development, and learning behaviours.

We've developed some free resources suitable for all school staff and governors, to help us all use physical activity to overcome and manage some of the challenges to learning the pandemic has presented.

Find out how making physical activity part of every day can help pupils adapt to a changing world and a different learning environment and maximise their learning outcomes.

Physical Activity in Schools E-learning Modules

More than just health benefits

kids doing yoga

Apart from physical and mental health benefits, exercise and physical activity (including PE and school sport) can enhance functions that are essential to learning such as memory, perception and concentration, and can improve behaviour and attendance, too.

We've pulled together this short guide packed with information and links to help you understand and maximise the benefits that physical activity can bring to your pupils.

New resources to support activity in schools

The Department of Education has released an online resource bank of videos, designed to share best practice and ideas from schools around the country. There's also a 10@10 exercise session that teachers can use at school, led by Darcy Bussell as well as loads of practical ideas to improve physical activity levels in school.

Access the full Physically Active Schools playlist.

Contact us for more support

We have an impartial, funded role to help support schools to improve the physical activity levels of their pupils.

Contact Jo Thompson for further information, questions or individual support tailored to the needs of your school.

Jo Thompson

Jo Thompson

Children and Young People Project Officer - Education

  • Project lead – School Games
  • PE & Sport Premium
01603 228964