The first Northumberland Primary Headteacher Physical Literacy Conference took place on 25th January 2018 at The Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn and was attended by primary school headteachers from across the county.
The conference, organised by Northumberland Sport, included Guest Speakers and workshops on developing a “Whole System Approach” to changing behaviours to physical activity in school and gave an opportunity for headteachers to hear about how The Daily Mile can be delivered and the benefits of having active children.
The Daily Mile is a free and simple initiative that involves nursery and primary school pupils running or jogging for 15 minutes per day, at a time of their class teacher’s choosing. In this time, most children will average a mile or more. The founder of The Daily Mile, Elaine Wylie, was a Guest Speaker at the conference.
Elaine Wylie said,
“It was a pleasure for me to give a presentation about The Daily Mile at the recent Northumberland Physical Literacy Conference. It was clear from comments made to me by many headteachers attending the event, that they had decided to begin The Daily Mile in their school. Each wanted to see every child in their school enjoy the benefits of regular physical activity simply by running and jogging at their own pace, for 15 minutes in the fresh air. In 2018, I hope to see more and more schools and nurseries across Northumberland adopt the initiative and sign up to appear on our map of Daily Mile schools across the globe”.
Neil Richmond, Headteacher Stobhillgate First School and Chair of the Northumberland Sport Physical Literacy Group said
“We were really pleased to see so many primary school head teachers from across Northumberland attend our first Physical Literacy conference, which demonstrates a real commitment in the county to improving the lives of all young people through regular physical activity.
I’d also like to say a special thank you to our Guest Speakers who provided some real inspiration and real food for thought on how to engage with our children more effectively. The Daily Mile concept provides an exciting cost effective opportunity for schools to meet the challenges presented by inactivity levels, which can be used to improve the health and wellbeing and educational attainment for all our pupils – so I hope more of our schools sign up to this!”
Dr Jim Brown, Public Health Consultant and Guest Speaker at the event said;
“Being physically active can provide our children and young people with a range of tools to use throughout their entire lives. Raising physical fitness is important, as is ensuring our students have the solutions to solve problems in lessons, socialise at play and break time and the confidence to enter the working world later in life. Physical activity can help support all of these and build stronger, successful students.
Conference organisers Northumberland Sport were pleased to see headteachers committing to improving physical literacy within their schools by signing up to the Northumberland Physical Education and School Sport Alliance. The Alliance aims to support schools in using sport and physical activity within a whole school approach to supporting wellbeing and through this ensure children are ready to learn.
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