Active School Planner

YST Active School Planner
The Active School Planner is a free tool for primary schools to track and improve physical activity levels in their pupils. It is currently used by over 40% of primary schools in England.
Active young person

This easy to use online resource will enable you to:

  • Look at where and how the school is increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour in pupils
  • Find guidance and best practice to continue to make improvements
  • Provide reports as evidence to show how you are using Primary Sport Premium Funding to improve health outcomes for pupils.

We have partnered with Virgin Active, the world's leading global lifestyle and fitness brand is proud to have been a supporter of The Youth Sport Trust since 2013. Their mission is to make exercise irresistible to all, and that's why they have joined up with the UK's leading charity on youth activity to get school children moving more and sitting less. Virgin Active will be working with us through the Active School Planner to provide schools with innovative and fun ways to get children moving both in and out of the classroom!

Why become an active school?

We are all increasingly aware of the inactivity epidemic that is overtaking developed nations like the UK.

36% of the UK population are physically inactive. We are 20% less active than a generation ago, and the problem is getting worse - Designed to Move - a practical guide for school leaders, Nike, 2014

We believe, and almost all schools agree, that schools have an important role to play in helping young people to become more active:

Every primary school child should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. At least 30 minutes should be delivered in school every day through active break times, PE, extra-curricular clubs, active lessons, or other sport and physical activity events - Childhood Obesity Plan, HM Government, 2016

And less sedentary:

Sedentary behaviour is not simply a lack of physical activity. It is a group of behaviours that occur whilst sitting or lying down and that require very low energy expenditure. A child who obtains at least 60 minutes per day of moderate physical activity can still be considered sedentary if they spend a great deal of their time sitting or lying down, eg, playing video games.

Research evidence is increasingly underlining what we've always instinctively known as teachers: getting our pupils moving, and reducing the time they spend sitting down leads to happier, healthier, more productive young people. However, we also understand that schools have other demands placed on them that can appear far more immediate: Attendance, behaviour, progress and attainment, closing the achievement gap, and building character and values. The good news is: Becoming an Active School can help to achieve both sets of goals!

To sign your school up for the Active Schools Planner, please visit https://activeschoolplanner.org/