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Schools need to ensure that pupils are provided with a range of opportunities to be physically active, that they understand how physical activity can help them to be healthier, and how physical activity can improve and be part of their everyday lives. Here are the Department of Health's Physical activity guidelines for children and young people (5-18 years).

November 2013: The Youth Sport Trust have just published a Physical Literacy Framework for Primary Schools


The Physical Literacy Framework provides schools with simple, easy to understand guidance on how best to structure PE and sport provision to ensure every opportunity is provided to develop the physical literacy of their pupils.

Physical literacy is the outcome of high quality PE and school sport, it helps primary school children's development as competent, confident and healthy movers at an early stage. It builds their motivation, confidence, physical competence and understanding of movement, providing them with better grounds to sustain their lifelong participation in physical activity.

The framework will help schools consider what appropriate PE and school sport opportunities they need to offer at each stage of a child's development, in order to maximise the potential to develop their pupils' physical literacy.

For more information or to download a copy of the Primary School Physical Literacy Framework click here.

Primary schools! Do you know about:

  • Wake Up, Shake Up?
  • Fun Fit?
  • Leap into life? 
  • Huff 'n' Puff - children pay a small fee annually and this money is used to purchase play equipment. During the lunch hour children co-operate in play using the equipment. Older children can be monitors, looking after the equipment and making sure it is put away safely after each use. An enthusiastic lunchtime supervisor can take overall responsibility. 

Secondary schools! Do you know about LEAP?

Developing a policy for physical activity.

The Cochrane Review is based on school-based physical activity programs for promoting physical activity and fitness in children and adolescents aged 6 to 18

The NHS Change4Life movement aims to help families improve their diet, excercise and attitude to good health, see the Change4Life website.

We are working closely with schools to develop a family healthy lifestyles programme to encourage more physical activity in and out of school. See our Families in it Together (FIT) website for more information.