The NCSEM and the British Heart Foundation National Centre have collaborated with Nike to develop a new active schools guide.
The guide, Designed to Move: Active Schools, is aimed specifically at school leaders and explains in simple steps how to make schools more active.
Active children demonstrate better attention levels, behaviour, attendance rates and academic performance. The impact across the whole school can be dramatic with benefits to the wider school environment. An active school has three components:
- It inspires 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity before, during and after the school day
- Delivers high quality physical education focused on physical literacy to give children a positive experience
- Creates a culture of physical activity for all led by school leaders, parents, staff and a supportive community
Making a school more active can sound like a daunting task, this resource provides a framework and tools for school leaders to get others on board and steps to take to achieve an active school environment.
The full report contains documents and resources on quick wins, designing early positive experiences, active classrooms, age-appropriate movement, teaching children to move with confidence and competence, and sample activities.
Over the next twelve months the new Active Schools guide will be put into practice through a pilot in London primary schools. This will include providing advice, support and a bespoke action plan on how to get children in these schools more active before, during and after school and the benefits that this can bring.
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