This term, we’ll explore the links between physical activity levels in schools and positive mental health, improved behaviour and engagement, and higher educational attainment.

We’ll also consider the role governors play in creating a culture in their schools that encourages more active living.

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What do wellbeing governors do?

Wellbeing governors champion mental health and wellbeing for the whole school. They keep mental health and wellbeing on the agenda by asking questions about the school’s provision and support.  

Use the resources below to help your school prioritise keeping everyone in the school community physically active, supporting their mental health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing webinars

Why physical activity in schools is so important and first steps to improving provision

Our first Wellbeing webinar of the term will explore why physical activity is such a crucial component of mental health and wellbeing, especially for young people. We’ll also consider how governors and their schools can begin to improve their provision and culture. Featuring guest speakers Alex Ogden, Yorkshire Sport’s Development Manager for Education and School Sport, Bert Bond PhD, researcher at the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) at the University of Exeter, and Jon Smedley, founder and director of Teach Active.

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Resources for governors

These articles give link governors for wellbeing and all governing board members guidance for improving physical activity levels in their schools.


Why is physical activity in schools such an important wellbeing issue?

This article outlines the areas where healthy levels of physical activity in a school can make a positive difference for pupils.

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What comprises physical practice and culture in schools?

There are a variety of ways in which a school can improve, or fail to provide, when it comes to ensuring pupils and staff are encouraged to be physically active. This article outlines what physical activity practice and culture looks like in schools.

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Why is improving physical activity in schools so difficult?

Making schools more physically active can be difficult. This article outlines the reasons why this can be the case, as well as how to create plans and take action that enable and reinforce success.

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What are the first steps needed to improve physical activity in schools?

There are baseline areas of knowledge and action that governors should look at to help schools become more physically active. This article outlines the first steps governors should consider to improve physical activity levels for pupils.

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Register for upcoming webinars or catch up on recordings on a wide range of governance topics.  

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Complete our online eLearning modules, including an introduction to school governance to get familiar with key aspects of the role. 

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