There is overwhelming evidence that tells us just how important physical activity is, so we've created this page to link to academic papers, research documents and interesting articles.
We'll build this up over time and would like to hear from you if there is anything you would like to see added to this page.
We take no responsibility for the content of external links, we are simply providing this service to communicate the importance and power of PE and being physically active. Send all contributions by emailing us here
Every term we host an online meeting of our Best Practice Sharing Network.
We get together to discuss all the good things that are happening in schools and share ideas to get more kids moving more often.
The next meeting is on 27/05/21 at 15.45
Drop us an email if you would like to join the group and we’ll send you a link to the online meeting.
Exercise and the Brain: How Fitness Impacts Learning - Nancy Barile, Award-Winning Teacher, M.A.Ed.
Professor Andy Daly-Smith, 36 related papers on the impact of physical activity
Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance - Active Education Research
Fit for learning: what research says about the benefits of sport (A Guardian report)
Physically fit children appear to do better in classroom, researchers say (University of Illinois)
The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance
Inﬂuences of gender and socioeconomic status on the motor proﬁciency of children in the UK - David Morley; Kevin Till; Paul Ogilvie; Graham Turner read more
Effects of Physical Exercise on Cognitive Functioning and Wellbeing: Biological and Psychological Benefits - Movement Science and Sport Psychology
Physical, Mental, and Skin Health for Kids and Teens - The Derm Review
Systematic Review of PAL and Classroom Movement Breaks – based on work of Dr Andy Daly-Smith, Professor Jim McKenna, Steve Zwolinsky, Andrew Marley and researchers from Northumbria University and Georgia University
Associated BLOG posts
7 years not entirely wasted - an alternative look at the PE and School Sport Premium - Nick Powell
BLOG - Using technology to deliver engaging pe lessons, Nick Powell for YPO
Encouraging active lifestyles in and out of school, Jo-Anne Town - Early Years and PE Leader, Gooseacre Primary Academy
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