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Evidence-based research shows that students are more motivated, stay on task longer and learn more effectively when they are active. There is also a clear positive association between physical activity and students’ wellbeing outcomes.

Improvements relating to physical activity are consistently evident in academic outcomes reflected in improved grades, improved attendance, and classroom behaviours and increased cognitive function (memory, processing speed, attention and inhibition), and psychosocial outcomes include general wellbeing, improvements in self-esteem and resilience and a decrease in depression and anxiety,4.

The School Sport Unit collaborates with a range of universities, academics and other government agencies to ensure that the professional learning opportunities and resources it offers to teachers are current, evidence-based and contribute to improved student outcomes.

The various studies and the professional learning opportunities that the Sport Unit supports are outlined below.

Current studies


Completed studies








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