Active Devon’s online community for teachers and educators
Welcome to Devon’s online community for teachers and educators. This area of our website has been designed to support you with all things physical activity within and relating to schools and education.
Explore to find support and guidance from other teachers in Devon, as well as a collaborative, non-judgemental place to share information and resources to help navigate PE, the primary PE premium, Ofsted, active travel, and all else.
Become An Active School
The Active Schools Framework
At any age, the bodily benefits of movement and of being active are huge. Yet for children, this is dramatically increased due to both short-term health and wellbeing gains and to the embedding of behaviours that will support a good, long life.
Schools that build physical activity into the fabric of their culture offer their students the opportunity to grow stronger, more agile and more resilient bodies with stamina, flexibility and balance that will likely stay with them for a lifetime. Read more.
Perhaps the most obvious reason schools exist is to exercise the young minds of our community, to embed learning, exploration and problem solving as key themes in the early lives of children.
It is well established that active children do better when it comes to comprehension, concentration and a host educational outcomes across the board. Active schools are therefore better performing schools. Read more.
Movement and being active, especially in children, encourages exploration, learning and creativity, as well as connectivity and empathy with others and an appreciation of nature and space.
Active schools offer their students to opportunity to benefit collectively, and as a culture to thrive. Physical activity is well proven to have positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes, that make for more positive, connected individuals. Read more.
Having a sense of place is important for anyone to feel true belonging. Yet for children, the stability of a safe, welcoming and inspiring place is crucial for development, particularly when it comes to relationships and confidence in later life.
Schools that consider the friendliness of their atmosphere, and how the physical architecture supports and engages their students, thrive when it comes to student wellbeing, creativity and attainment. Read more.
As everyone is different, a focus on people is critical to improving individual health and wellbeing, and a strong community is proven to dramatically increase developmental learning and good wellbeing in children.
Schools are the centre of many communities, but strong communities require energy, empathy and solidarity, and improving communication and a supportive culture goes a long, long way. Read more.
Children who engage with nature are known to do better than those who don’t, and learning about the planet and our environment are pillars of good wellbeing, and a strong special cognition.
Schools that integrate outdoor play and learning, and showcase the wisdom of our interconnected relationship with nature, open up a world of possibilities for their students. Read more.
Become An Active School
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Active Schools Forum
Welcome to the Active Schools forum. This is Active Devon’s online community for teachers and educators. It has been designed to help teachers navigate PE best practice, Ofsted, outdoor education, safeguarding, and all else relating to physical activity.
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Building an Active School
Find information, ideas and discussion points in here to help you with the journey of building an active school
- 1 year ago
Questions, Ideas and Sharing Practice
Navigating all of the different aspects of delivering the PE curriculum, finding quality provision, understanding the latest directive or looking for new ideas can be difficult without sometimes asking for help. Use this topic to ask any question related to PE, Sport, Physical Activity or Health and Wellbeing.
- 1 year, 2 months ago
Current National and Local Information
Schools receive a high volume of information from national and local organisations including directives, plans, schemes, incentives and offers that can impact on PE, Physical Activity and Health and Wellbeing. Use this topic to receive, share and comment on key information.
- 1 year ago
- Building an Active School