Physical Activity resources

Daily Physical Activity (DPA)

If you want to increase the amount of daily physical activity (DPA) you offer in your school, then Sophie's Day will give you a good feel for how to go about making simple changes. Look at the physical activity spectrum to understand the relationship between the roles of physical education, school sport and daily physical activity. 

Children should be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day. Schools and educational settings can provide opportunities throughout the day to increase levels of activity - through changes to the environment, the introduction of structured physical activity opportunities like 'Wake and Shake' and by ensuring that there is at least 2 hours of timetabled PE in the curriculum.

Contact Dave Burston at the B&NES Schools Sport Partnership for further support and advice: dburston@sspbathnes.org

What works in schools and colleges to increase levels of physical activity among children and young people.

Emerging evidence suggests an association between being physically active and academic attainment and attention. Being physically active also helps to promote physical and emotional health and wellbeingand children and young people who are physically active are more likely to continue the habit into adult life.

This briefing provides an overview from the evidence about what works in schools and colleges to increase levels of physical activity among children and young people. It aims to inspire the reader through practice examples. It also highlights links to Ofsted inspection criteria and signposts to useful sources of support. It will be of interest to head teachers and college principals, directors of public health and others working with schools and colleges.