When a member of Active Schools Leeds suggested we become ambassadors for Child Friendly Leeds, we jumped at the chance! Child Friendly Leeds’ aim, ‘We’re working to bring everyone together to make Leeds a child friendly city’ has to be applauded.
Their resolve to ‘put children and young people at the heart of a strong economy, in a compassionate city’ fits in with our own ethos.
As teachers and school leaders, we know only too well that our schools are incredibly busy places with relentless pressures to increase standards. In amongst all of this, the health and wellbeing of UK primary school children is on the decline.
- Physical activity levels amongst UK primary-aged children are falling from as early as 7-years of age.
- Only 10% of children achieve the daily recommendations for physical activity.
- Increasing numbers of children in the UK are leaving school classified as obese or overweight.
Traditional approaches towards improving health outcomes for children focus heavily upon Sport & PE during segmented periods of the school day. But does this engage all children in becoming more active? Or does it merely maintain the levels of those that are active already?
Move & Learn aim is to get schools to think differently about the way children learn. Our approaches incorporate Physically Active Learning (PAL), thereby creating win/win solutions for education and health.
Research has found that PAL can:
- improve classroom behaviour and activity engagement
- significantly reduce sedentary periods of time
- offer aggregated improvement in academic performance over time
The team from Move & Learn seek to share the benefits of blending research and practice from around the world – in addition to examples from their own practice – with schools in Leeds and beyond.
To find out more about Physically Active Learning (PAL) in its widest sense, check out the TEDx Talk by Move & Learn Director, Bryn Llewellyn and Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, Andy Daly-Smith.
To find out about Move & Learn, their team and how they can support schools in Leeds, visit http://www.moveandlearn.co.uk/
If you like what you see, contact them via email@example.com and 07806 621508
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