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Active schools

Our research in active schools covers physical activity both within the classroom and outdoors, as well as on the school run. We also have a range of resources related to ensuring children and young people meet the UK physical activity guidelines.

Physically active learning in schools

NCSEM-EM researchers from three of our partner universities, Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham, are investigating whether getting pupils to move around more in class could encourage them to sit less and improve their learning experience.

Forest schools

Loughborough University academics are researching how forest schools provide unique outdoor learning experiences that focus on nurturing understanding and respect for nature, allowing learners to develop confidence and self-esteem.

The weight of responsibility: schools and the future of our children’s health

Public lecture from Dr Lauren Sherar, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at Loughborough University, on the present and future health of our children, with a specific focus on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

Active mile briefings

These documents provide guidance for public health teams, commissioners, schools, headteachers and teachers to explain the evidence on active mile initiatives. They also provide practical ideas for those considering starting an active mile initiative and those already delivering who are searching for ideas to invigorate and refresh their programmes.

Evidence briefing

Our evidence briefing focusing on children and young people aged 5-18 looks at the available research evidence for the benefits of physical activity for this age group.

Practice briefing

We have produced two practice briefings looking at practical strategies for promoting physical activity with children (aged 6-11) and young people (aged 11-18).

Interpreting the physical activity guidelines

We have produced a booklet designed to assist those who work with children and young people to interpret the UK physical activity guidelines into appropriate messages.