everything curriculum | January 2018

What can you do to practically help children and young people in your schools to engage in physical activity, and ensure that they’re emotionally well so that they can achieve their potential?

1. It’s important that you ensure that your curriculum is fit for purpose because you are in control of how you design it. Involve pupils in order to find out what they like, what they want and what resources you need in order to deliver it.

2.You could create a pilot initiative to use with the most challenging class, providing additional physical activity before, during and after school.

3.Make active learning part of the whole school day with such activities as the ‘Daily Mile’ and/or undertaking short three minute exercise breaks in classroom lessons.

4.Undertake a check on pupil activity at break times and lunch times to find out if pupils are as active as they could be. Just 15 minutes activity over the lunch time period increases activity by 75 minutes a week.

5. In order to increase activity consult with the pupils and the workforce - this should also include a review of all physical education, school sport and physical activity.


6.Identify the areas for development and then ensure that the Primary PE and Sport Premium is spent on these areas. The premium can be used to fund resources, professional learning and additional staffing.

7. Embed any additionality by challenging staff to demonstrate how any activity within and outside the curriculum is extra to what has, or is being provided.

8.Finally check and challenge the sustainability and the impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium on pupils’ health and wellbeing; it’s crucial to have a clear evidence base in order to demonstrate progress and success.

The Association for Physical Education (afPE) believes passionately in the value of high quality physical education, physical activity and participation in school sport. Each has an enormous impact on health and emotional wellbeing, as well as significantly impacting on whole school improvement. The quality of your physical education, physical activity and school sport should make a difference to the lives of young people in your school which is quite remarkable.

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Sue Wilkinson has worked in all sectors of education and has recently received a MBE for her services to education.

Like Sue, Eileen Marchant has worked across the education sector as teacher and trainer, and authored a number of afPE publications. Eileen was awarded a MBE in 2017 for her contribution to physical education and sport.


Physical activity is a new concept It’s not a new concept and is statutory,

together with health and emotional wellbeing.

It’s the fault of the physical education sector that we have an obesity crisis!

This is not the case at all but we, as physical educationalists, are part of a multi-agency

community that can help to find solutions to the obesity crisis.

Obesity is all about food!

It’s not all about food but it is about a balance between what we eat and how much activity

we undertake. There are other issues to debate about the type of food, at what time we eat and the quality of food, but crudely it is a balance formula.

It’s too late to change attitudes and behaviours

It’s never too late to create transformational behavioural change, although it is not easy, but with a positive mind set it is achievable.



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