How to increase physical activity levels

We all agree, that schools have an important role to play in helping young people to become more active.

Every primary school child should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. At least 30 minutes should be delivered in school every day through active break times, PE, extra-curricular clubs, active lessons, or other sport and physical activity events.

– Childhood Obesity Plan, HM Government, 2016

How to become an Active School

The first step to becoming an Active School is to track physical activity levels in pupils so you can then put in place interventions in order to improve them. This can be done using the Active School Planner.

Ways to increase pupils physical activity levels

There are many ways that you can make your school day more active:

  • Active Travel – e.g. walking, scooting or cycling to school
  • Active Mornings – e.g. equipment available on playground for pupils to use in the morning before school
  • Active Classrooms – e.g. reduce pupils sitting for to long, encourage pupils to get up and move
  • Active Breaks – e.g. games/activities during break and lunch times, target less active pupils
  • Active Clubs – e.g. specific clubs aimed at increasing targeted pupils physical activity levels (Change4Life club)

None of the above suggestions need to have a big impact on the school day. It is interesting to see how a few minutes of each option can add up to achieve the recommended 30 minutes.

Take a look at the resource below with further ideas on how to get your school more active.


South Norfolk SSP 30 Active Minutes Ideas 16/11/2021 159.1 KB

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