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What works in schools and colleges to increase physical activity

A report that summarises evidence of what works in schools and colleges to promote levels of activity among children and young people.

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What works in schools and colleges to increase physical activity?

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This document summarises the evidence of what works in schools and colleges, to increase levels of physical activity amongst children and young people.

The 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 wellbeing.

Children and young people who are physically active are more likely to continue the habit into adult life.

This document is intended for:

  • headteachers
  • college principals
  • staff working in education settings
  • directors of public health
  • wider educational partners

See also Active mile briefings

Published 19 October 2015
Last updated 31 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added link to Active mile briefings.

  2. Updated report with new version.

  3. First published.