Physically Active Learning in Surrey Schools (PALSS)

P A L S S logoclick to pledge

PALSS 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 resource pack.

 PALSS umbrella areas

P A L L S launchYou can learn more by watching this video clip of the launch event, which featured internationally renowned doctor William Bird MBE and Ruth Hutchinson, Surrey's Deputy Director of Public Health.

You can also view Dr William Bird's slides from the launch.

Why get involved?

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 moving!


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.


What next?

  1. Download our ideas for quick wins to help get you started.

  2. Select which of the seven focus areas you plan to get involved in. It doesn't matter how small the change is - the important thing is that you get your pupils to do something to move more, sit less.

  3. Make your pledge to be sent a pack with case studies, a click to pledge"we've pledged" poster and other resources. You may then want to share this message of support from 'Body Coach' Joe Wicks with your pupils or their parents.

  4. To help reinforce how important it is to build activity into children's everyday lives, why not get your pupils to take part in our poster competition? Not only will it highlight your school's part in pledging to PALSS but the winning entry will be printed in time for the culmination of the campaign on 26 April.

Want to know more?

Contact Charlotte Long or Ally Reid.