Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 12:20

New research reports that physical activity can improve pupils' mood, confidence and schoolwork

New research shows that helping children and young people to get active during school can play a vital role in helping them catch up on work missed during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and in supporting their mental health.

The study was conducted on more than 60,000 students and 4,000 teachers and was part of Sport England's Secondary Teacher Training (STT) programme; it surveyed their attitudes to work, physical and mental health.

Other findings from the study include:

  • Active students are happier (70% vs 50%) and more confident to try sport (76% vs 38%) than inactive students.
  • Young people report that being physically active improves their mood (71%), behaviour (55%) and schoolwork (49%).
  • The vast majority of staff agree with this, with 93% reporting feeling that being active benefits pupil behaviour and 92% reporting they feel it has positive effects on schoolwork.
  • Activity provides social opportunities and enables students to connect with one another, with 59% agreeing it helps them to make friends.
  • Physical activity has the potential to reduce stress and anxiety by providing routine and structure and increasing feelings of wellbeing: 71% of students and 99% of staff feel that being active has a positive effect on their mood.
  • Students who are active report higher levels of happiness and self-worth.
  • 87% of staff feel that being physically active has a positive impact on the school environment (ethos, values, culture, identity).
  • The majority of students surveyed (78%) enjoy being physically active.

(Content and Imagery Source: Sport England)

Tags: School

Partners

  • Harborough LSA
    Active Partnerships
    Charnwood LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
    Melton LSA
  • NWL LSA
    Safeguarding
    Active Oadby and Wigston
    Active Leicester
    Equality Standard
  • Blaby LSA
    Sport England
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Active Rutland

Partners

  • NWL LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Active Partnerships
    Sport England
  • Melton LSA
    Active Leicester
  • Safeguarding
    Active Rutland
  • Charnwood LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Equality Standard
    Harborough LSA
  • Active Oadby and Wigston
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth