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Physical activity

Physical activity includes all activities that result in the body expending energy above its rest level and can be gained from wide range of activities, competitive sport and exercise.

Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. (World Health Organisation)

PE and Sport premium funding

Schools with primary age pupils are eligible for PE and Sport premium funding. Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

They should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that the school already offers
  • make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

Schools are accountable for how this money is spent. They must publish details of how they spend the PE and sport premium funding on their school’s website.

Additional information on reporting arrangements and how the money should be spent can be found on the Coventry, Solihull Warwickshire PE and School Sport website.

Tools to help measure and report on the impact of the spending can be downloaded from:

It is a requirement of Solihull’s Healthy Schools programme for a school physical activity policy framework to be in place. The purpose of this document is to ensure that the school has a co-ordinated and strategic approach to its provision and practice around ensuring that pupils are physically active. This will include physical education, sport, extra-curricular and wider opportunities.

Solihull Active is a campaign which aims to promote participation in sport and physical activity in the Borough of Solihull. There are a wide range of opportunities in Solihull identified on the website that can help both adults and children be more active.

Online course: getting young people involved in planning and running sports

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) in partnership with the Football Association have developed a free online course for those involved in delivering youth sport. The course provides advice and guidance on ways to increase young people’s participation in the planning and running of sports activities.

The aim of the Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of children – regardless of age or personal circumstances. It is a free scheme

The Change 4 life website contains a range of tools and tips for encouraging healthy eating and increasing physical activity amongst children and their families.

The Association for Physical Education (afPE) delivers and supports the delivery of physical education in schools and in the wider community.

What works in schools and colleges to increase physical activity: Public Health England (2015) This briefing provides an overview from the evidence about what works in schools and colleges to increase levels of physical activity among children and young people.