Posted: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:00



  • Free online resources launched for schools to mark National Fitness Day
  • Exclusive content to inspire children to get active
  • Support for schools to deliver '30 active minutes' in a Covid secure environment

A new online platform featuring inspiring videos and resources for schools will launch today, Wednesday 23 September to mark National Fitness Day, helping pupils stay active and healthy during the school day

With more than 99.9% of state-funded schools open to pupils as of 10 September, lessons having resumed and children being reunited with their friends and teachers, the Department for Education's new online video collection will support young people's mental and physical health.

From Wednesday 23 September, schools will be able to access videos on YouTube which will provide creative and entertaining content that helps staff to safely offer 30 active minutes in a Covid-secure environment. This includes videos from schools and young leaders across the country sharing best practice on how to incorporate being active into lessons, break-times and travel times, content from Sport England featuring their Daily Activators doing the 'Daily Mile', inclusive activities for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and content to encourage more girls to get involved in physical activity.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

"Getting pupils back into education full-time and back with their friends and teachers has been a national priority, so it's fantastic to see millions of pupils back in the classroom - the best place for their education, development and wellbeing.

"We know that keeping active is a vital part of every child's education, as well as being important for their mental and physical health, so it's encouraging to see so many schools adapting to these new ways of working and sharing their experiences with others. Events like National Fitness Day and the new Great British Week of Sport promote the benefits of sport and physical education, and I hope that our new resources will make it easier than ever to incorporate 30 active minutes into the school day."

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said:

"Staying active is vital for young people's physical and mental health and can also improve behaviour and concentration. I know schools have worked incredibly hard to welcome pupils back and these imaginative new resources will help them keep children fit and healthy in a fun and engaging way, while also keeping them safe."

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO, Sport England said:

"We have a significant opportunity with schools now back to help get our children and young people active again, and there is clear evidence that it can help their attainment at school and contribute to their health and happiness.

"These last few months have taken a big toll on children's activity levels, so these resources are perfectly timed to support schools in offering new and exciting ways for all young people to be able to enjoy getting active."

Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said:

"Giving children and young people the opportunity to exercise during the school day is the perfect way for them to have fun and be active with their friends. Innovative resources are there to help schools find the best ways to achieve this, even with the new Covid19 precautions.

"Exercise when combined with a healthy balanced diet is the perfect recipe to stay fit and healthy both physically and mentally and have fun too."

The Government has prioritised the physical and mental health of children throughout the pandemic and this term schools and colleges will also benefit from a new multi-million training programme run by mental health experts, to help improve how they respond to the emotional impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their students and staff. The Wellbeing for Education Return programme is supporting staff working in schools and colleges to respond to the additional pressures some children and young people may be feeling as a direct result of the pandemic, as well as to any emotional response they or their teachers may still be experiencing from bereavement, stress, trauma or anxiety over the past months

Tags: Active Kids 4 All, Activity, education, physical activity, schools