Getting Children Active in School

Getting Active in School: Advice, Guidance and Training

Sports and physical activity help young people’s academic attainment, whilst building vital social skills.

Being active in school is crucial for children and young peoples’ development.

We know that being physically active at a young age helps children live healthier lifestyles. However, physical activity and sports also supports children and young people’s academic attainment, and helps to build resilience and social skills – all crucial skills for later life.

We consider physical activity a key tool which can not only help improve children’s health, but can also help achieve whole school outcomes. This is why we’re so keen to help schools in Norfolk make the most of physical activity opportunities available to them.


Getting children active in school: How and why?

Movement and exercise can greatly improve pupils’ health and wellbeing. In addition, physical activity can support with improving learning behaviours and outcomes. Incorporating activity into the school day can be done through several methods, including:

You can scroll through the resources below to find out more, and get started.


Funding for schools: PE & Sports Premium

The Primary PE and Sport Premium is a £320 million government funding pot which is allocated to primary school headteachers.

The funding is ring-fenced, and schools must spend the funding on improvements to their PE and sport provision to receive it. This funding should also be used to maximise pupils’ health and wellbeing benefits.

Schools have the freedom to choose how they do this, however there are many rules on what it can be used for. You can find out more about the funding here.

We have developed the above Primary School Governors Guide to help school leaders and governors understand their responsibilities around the funding. This guide details ways you can use the funding to get the best health outcomes for pupils.


Online Training: Increasing Physical Activity in Schools

We also offer free online e-learning modules to help you learn about the benefits of physical activity in schools.

These modules also cover the best use of the Primary PE and Sports Premium in Norfolk. They will make suggestions on how best to maximise the funding to benefit the young people in your school.

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Need further advice for schools?

Our Children and Young People (CYP) team can provide bespoke support and guidance. Get in touch for more information, help or advice.

Get in touch with our CYP team