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Physically Active Learning in Surrey Schools (PALSS)

PALSS pledge buttonPALSS is Active Surrey's initiative to help schools make every day a little more active. We're asking all the county's schools to pledge to get their pupils moving more by taking part in one (or more) of the seven focus areas included in the campaign, and in return we'll send you a practical resource pack, all for free.

To find out a little more about PALSS, watch this video from the original launch.

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 Why get involved in PALSS?

Improved focus
Active bursts can break up periods when children are not focusing or are fidgety.


Improved attainment
Improvements in focus lead to better work.
Not entirely sure that's true? See details of this research from the BBC.


Improved attendance
Children want to learn (and come to school) because the day is more fun when it's


Reduction in sedentary behaviour
Sitting for long periods is responsible for poor health as well as a lack of concentration, even if we are really active at other times. Whatever your age, sitting for too long slows our metabolism and leads to a build up of visceral fat, which can contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

Boost to mental wellbeing
Moving more plays a part in improving our mental health, whether it's through the release of endorphins or by joining in activity alongside others.


Ways to get moving

Below are ways that schools across Surrey are moving more:

  • Active Travel – Use of coordinated local and national initiatives, such as WOW travel and Golden Boot have helped many schools promote walking, scooting and cycling to school.
  • Active Mind – Utilising mindfulness, yoga, principles of a growth mindset and breathing to improve focus and positive mental health.
  • Active Learning - As well as using BBC Supermovers in lessons, Maths on the Move brought a new way to learning shapes for pupils, while finding ways to take learning outside engaged young learners.
  • Active Play – Using ‘play’ to engage all children in their learning, whilst also maximising engagement at breaktimes. For example, using PhysiFUN activities at morning break and lunchtimes has worked well - especially when taken by young leaders/champions who had been trained to run the activities.
  • Active Bursts - Adding bursts of activity throughout the school day, for example, using the well-known Daily Mile to re-energise the body and the brain. Or simply standing to sing in assemblies has proved popular - not to mention invigorating - at the Raleigh School and many others.
  • Active Staff – staff training opportunities to investigate ways to add activity into a range of different environments, as well as teacher-led yoga and Joe Wicks HIIT classes, or joining children on their ‘daily miles’. Staff kept their minds sharp and bodies fit by joining in on Stand Up Surrey School’s day.

If you want to run your own activity day on a date that better suits you, we’ve produced a handy template that you can use. Feel free to use it, but do remember to pledge so that we can offer you further free PALSS support, and help you get your pupils moving more.


Want to know more? 

Contact Charlotte Long or Ally Reid.