Bryn Llewellyn - Pivot in a Pandemic - Physical activity, health and wellbeing in schools

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As teachers and leaders, we need to look at ways we can increase and embed creative opportunities for learning. However, schools are incredibly busy places with relentless pressures to increase standards. Meanwhile, the health and wellbeing of UK primary school children is on the decline.

  • Physical activity levels amongst UK primary-aged children are falling from as early as 7-years of age
  • Only 10% of children achieve the daily recommendations for physical activity
  • Increasing numbers of children in the UK are leaving school classified as obese or overweight

Traditional approaches towards improving health outcomes for children focus heavily upon Sport & PE during segmented periods of the school day. But does this engage all children in becoming more active? Or does it merely maintain the levels of those that are active already? Could Physically Active Learning (PAL) be the solution for all children?

Given the circumstances of yesterday’s leaked paper, I would look towards providing school leaders and teachers with ideas – backed by research – to ensure we deliver core subjects through physical activity.

About Bryn

Having spent an intense 2+ months writing content for BBC Bitesize, I have been supporting schools as they widen their reopening. Read more.

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