Hi, my name is Lesley Doughty and I am a consultant working nationally specialising in primary PE, physical activity and school sport. After teaching in various primary schools I worked as an advisory teacher for PE and Sport in both Newcastle and Northumberland local authorities. Following that I became an independent consultant working with, supporting and delivering and developing training programmes for teachers for a wide variety of local, regional and national organisations including Sport England, Youth Sports Trust, UK Coaching, afPE and numerous schools, schools sport partnerships and universities. I have also authored teaching resources for the Youth Sports Trust, Canoe England and Create Development.
The hot topic in the world of primary PE, physical activity and sport currently is how schools can support the Government’s ambition to halve the number of obese children by 2030. The first chapter of the Government’s Obesity Plan outlined how every primary school child should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day and that at least 30 minutes of this should be delivered in school every day. So, a lot of the training that I have been delivering of late is how to use active playgrounds, active lessons and active lesson breaks alongside PE and school sport to achieve the 30 minutes.
One of the challenges facing schools is how to fit another 30 minutes into an already packed timetable. However, when I share that regular physical activity improves academic performance by 33% alongside memory and concentration schools quickly come to recognise that daily physical activity will result in ‘better’ learners and therefore, as time is more efficiently spent losing 30 minutes is negated. Check out this short video presentation for more information
The second chapter of the plan also promotes a new national ambition for every primary school to adopt a daily ‘active mile’ initiative, such as the Daily Mile. The positive results of this initiative have been widely published but please note that these results are achieved over time and therefore, it is important that an ‘active mile’ becomes embedded into the school’s daily routine. I would also like to add that in my opinion a daily ‘Active 15’ initiative (i.e. a daily active 15-minute walk/ run) might be a more inclusive way to approach this as some children might be put off by the thought of walking or running a mile and some may not, due to individual needs, be able to walk or run a mile.
If you would like any information about the training and support that I provide for schools, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org