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What is Physically Active Learning (PAL)?

Physically active learning (PAL) can be described in a number of ways but in its simplest form, it is the integration of movement AND learning during lesson time. Perhaps you are already using PAL in your classroom? It could be as simple as your children completing relays with tasks at work stations around the classroom. Or It may even be taking your lesson outside and using movement to teach the same things you would normally have done indoors. Physically active learning can be a fun and easy way to create learning through movement, to engage and re-engage your children’s learning.

Why bring movement to the class?

“You can do it for motivation, for the students… You can also use it if you want them to remember better and also concentrate so they can concentrate more.” Emma, Teacher

Physical activity can make learning more fun and engaging for pupils. It breaks long sitting periods, and helps keep their focus on the task. This is why many studies have found better learning results with PAL. Beyond learning, activating the pupils is an efficient way to enhance all children’s physical, social and emotional well-being. Read more…

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What is

ACTivateyourclass is a place to learn and share ideas about physically active learning. On the site you will find:
• Courses to get you started in PAL
• Tools, tips and tricks for both teachers and teacher students
• What the research has found about the effects of PAL

The ACTivate physically active learning teacher training curriculum (PAL-TTC) guides those who wish to develop training programmes specifically for (PAL). We have provided, for the first time, an evidence-based European PAL curriculum for (i) student teachers and (ii) qualified teachers. The curriculum is designed to inform and guide the development of high-quality PAL across Europe and facilitate transparency, mobility and adoption of PAL as a method of learning (a learning strategy) that teachers can use in all subjects (e.g. maths, language).

The curriculum uses a behaviour change approach to develop the capability of teachers, increase their motivation for PAL and capitalize on opportunities available for PAL delivery within an educational setting. The PALTTC adopts an output-based approach and is built around the notion of learning outcomes, units of learning and credits, that reflects a general education trend in Europe. Two separate curriculum templates are presented, one for initial teacher training (ITT) and the other for continuing professional development (CPD) for qualified teachers. This facilitates education providers (e.g., Higher Education institutes or private providers) to adopt and embed the curriculum within their current course provision. The content may be delivered as a stand-alone PAL module or, embedded into a range of curriculum modules.

The Activate PAL-TTC curriculum is free to access and use. Please can we ask that you acknowledge the curriculum in the design of your courses using the suggested reference at the end of this document. We would also appreciate if you could fill in a short survey by clicking on the below link. Completing this survey will help the ACTivate team to track the impact of the PAL-TTC curriculum and provide support for our work moving forward.

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About project ACTivate

ACTivate is your home for all things related to physically active learning. The project is coordinated by six european nations who are leading the way in PAL; Norway, UK, Finland, Denmark, Portugal and the Netherlands. Each country has a lead partner, usually a higher education organisation, and a national teacher council. Together, these two partners draw together the understanding of how PAL is used within the country and will help to share any learning. Combined, all six countries are on a journey to create a European PAL teacher training curriculum, free PAL learning package and web portal-