The Childhood Obesity Plan
The Governments Childhood Obesity: A plan for Action, shares the expectation for all primary schools to provide a minimum of 30 active minutes every day for ALL their pupils. The Chief Medical Officers recommend a minimum of 60 and up to several hours a day of moderate to vigorous activity for children aged 5-18. Schools are expected to provide 30 of these minutes and families to achieve the other 30.
These 30 active minutes in school can be achieved at break and lunchtime but also importantly through active learning in lessons, enabling pupils to sit less and move more.
Evidence shows that brains are more active after activity and that during activity brain connections are strengthened.
Public Health England report
‘Pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically’
‘The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn.’
‘Effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and wellbeing, and better achievement.’
‘A positive association exists between academic attainment and physical activity levels of pupils’
Ref. The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment
Public Health England, 2014