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What does the research say?

Quality physical activity experiences in schools:
  • Support tamariki and rangatahi to learn how to regulate their mood and behaviour and manage stress.
  • Has shown to be an effective strategy for kaiako to connect with ākonga.
  • Improve self-confidence, and self-esteem in young people, resulting in fewer depressive symptoms and improved overall cognitive and mental wellbeing.
  • Can foster a sense of belonging and connection with the wider community, impacting on staff wellbeing as well as student wellbeing.
  • Support students to be more engaged in learning and stay at school longer. Quality physical activity is linked to improved cognitive function, planning, concentration, attention, reasoning, and on-task behaviour.
  • Can play a significant role in young people experiencing joy and fun and makes school a place where they feel a sense of belonging.


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