It is important to think about physical activity and exercise in school and classroom settings as involving more than just PE and sport. There are many ways that classroom teachers can incorporate different kinds of movement into their learning programmes to support a range of academic, behavioural, and social emotional outcomes.
The importance of physical activity for physical and mental health is well established. In addition, there is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the relationship between physical activity and more specific academic outcomes, and between exercise and self-regulation. For example, physical activity has been linked to improved on-task behaviour and working memory. There is also evidence that increased levels of physical activity at school have greater benefits for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and may lead to more equitable outcomes.
Key insights from our webinar with Gill Connell on the importance of movement for learning.
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