We know that physical activity contributes to physical health, mental and social wellbeing, and life-skill development but it has wider benefits.
Our latest evidence paper details the positive association we see between physical activity, learning and attainment in children and young people, highlighting the importance of maintaining focus and investment in this area.
It emphasises the unique role that schools can play in influencing motivation and providing opportunities for activity. Evidence shows:
- Physical activity can enhance cognition, emotional regulation, help children to concentrate and is associated with higher levels of academic achievement
- Children who were more active performance significantly better in writing and maths than children who were less active.