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Improving wellbeing through sport and physical activity

There is a strong, positive interconnection between physical activity and students’ wellbeing outcomes. Physically activity kids have more active brains, higher school attendance and improved self-esteem and resilience. Physical activity at school is a win-win for students and teachers.

The School Sport Unit provides resources, professional learning and mentoring to improve student wellbeing outcomes through the implementation of a whole school approach to sport and physical activity. Support is aligned to the School Excellence Framework (SEF) and the School Excellence Policy. Schools will be supported in developing their monitoring and evaluation plans as part of their Strategic Improvement Plans (SIP).

This is supported by utilising the Sport and Physical Activity: School Health Check (DoE login required, non-DoE teachers can get in touch with us by email at tplschoolsport@det.nsw.edu.au).


What is the Sport and Physical Activity: School Health Check?

The Sport and Physical Activity: School Health Check (the health check) is an optional evidence-based self-assessment tool for school leadership teams and teachers. The health check can be used as part of an inquiry process to identify and improve on sport and physical activity practices within a school.

It acts as a road map to help schools plan towards a high impact sport and physical activity learning environment. It can be used in flexible ways to meet the development needs of the school. The use of the health check is an optional tool, schools are not required to use it or report on it.

Complete the online form to get a downloadable copy of the health check (DoE login required, non-DoE teachers can get in touch with us by email at tplschoolsport@det.nsw.edu.au).

What support can we access?

The School Sport Unit provides resources, professional learning and mentoring to improve student wellbeing outcomes through the implementation of a whole school approach to sport and physical activity. In schools that excel, there is a strategic and planned approach to develop whole school wellbeing processes that support the wellbeing of all students so they can connect, succeed, thrive and learn. Support is aligned to the School Excellence Framework (SEF) and the School Excellence Policy. Schools will be supported in developing  monitoring and evaluation plans as part of their Strategic Improvement Plans (SIP).

What does the professional learning involve?

During this professional learning, participants will explore the interconnection between physical activity and wellbeing. Teachers and school leaders will develop their understanding of planning, delivering and evaluating a quality comprehensive sport and physical activity program to improve student wellbeing.

This professional learning has been developed by the School Sport Unit with support from the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE).

The learning objectives for the webinar are:

  • exploring the interconnection between physical activity and wellbeing
  • using the health check and other evaluation tools to identify and analyse quality baseline data for a whole school approach to sport and physical activity
  • developing a knowledge and understanding of the resources and support available to improve student wellbeing through sport and physical activity.

What follow-up support is provided with this training?

After the initial presentation, schools can arrange one-to-one follow-up support, which includes but is not limited to:

  • analysis of the Sport and Physical Activity: School Health Check
  • identification of initiatives and milestones
  • implementation of evaluation tools for monitoring and achieving wellbeing targets
  • ongoing support is provided as schools desire.

 

How can we access the professional learning?

The Interconnection between physical activity and wellbeing (NR32625)) professional learning is delivered through video conferencing. School leaders and interested staff can enroll through MyPL

Term 4 dates for the professional learning are:

Week 4

  • Monday 25 October, 9.30 - 11.30 am
  • Tuesday 26 October, 3.30 - 5.30 pm
  • Wednesday 27 October, 9.30 - 11.30 am
  • Thursday 28 October, 3.30 - 5.30 pm

Week 5

  • Monday 1 November, 3.30 - 5.30 pm
  • Tuesday 2 November, 9.30 - 11.30 am
  • Wednesday 3 November, 3.30 - 5.30 pm
  • Thursday 4 November, 9.30 - 11.30 am

Week 6

  • Monday 8 November, 9.30 - 11.30 am
  • Tuesday 9 November, 3.30 - 5.30 pm
  • Wednesday 10 November, 9.30 - 11.30 am
  • Thursday 11 November, 3.30 - 5.30 pm

The professional learning is also available on-demand. These sessions are scheduled to cater for individual school needs and can be arranged at any time. The target audience is school leaders and interested staff. Complete this inquiry form and we will get in contact to organise a time that suits your needs (DoE login required, non-DoE teachers can get in touch with us by email at tplschoolsport@det.nsw.edu.au).

What do schools say about this training?

Over 200 teachers, deputy principals and principals have completed this training. 97% of participants selected 'agree or strongly agree' to the statements "I have a deep understanding of the links between sport, physical activity and wellbeing" and "I understand how sport and physical activity can address wellbeing through a whole-school evidence-based approach. 

This is what some teachers said when asked "How did this professional learning support you in your understanding of the link between sport, physical activity and wellbeing?

"The research really highlighted the link between physical activity and wellbeing and deepened my understanding of the importance of pushing this"

"Provided evidence, support and direction moving forward. Importance of self assessment to establish baseline and community consultation."

"I found this PL to be very informative. It outlined the clear processes for which our school could undertake and how important it is to do a 'health check' in order to ascertain where we are at, before planning any steps going forward."

How much does this cost and how do we access the resources?

All resources and support come at no cost. The only requirement is completing the two-hour online professional learning webinar. As mentioned above this can be conducted at a time that suits you and can be face-to-face (if circumstances permit) or online through video conferencing.

Complete this online form to get a copy of the Health check or to request an on-demand webinar for your school.


Last updated: 1 October 2021