The International Festival of Learning East (IFL), taking place at West Suffolk College on Friday 28th June, is to include a focus on the benefits of schools adopting a strategy to promote physical activity.

The Festival features 80 top speakers and sessions, providing a unique blend of non-technology and technology focused sessions aimed at helping to engage and inspire all teachers.

Amongst the speakers will be Amanda Spielman, Chief Executive of Ofsted, who has chosen the IFL for her only East Region Q&A platform this year – ahead of some of the biggest curriculum and inspection changes for many years.

Whilst the overall theme of the Festival is on demystifying technology to support the teaching of pupils in the digital age, it will also include a dedicated strand focusing on how getting children moving can be a powerful academic strategy.

The physical benefits of getting children moving have long been recognised as helping to prevent chronic disease and develop movement habits across the lifespan, however, a growing body of research is now showing its significant contribution to academic attainment too.

In response, the Most Active County Partnership has drawn together a series of speakers to support schools to integrate physical activity across whole school life.

It includes workshops on how the Daily Mile is helping to develop fitter, healthier children, more able to concentrate in the classroom and how positive use of the primary PE and sport premium funding can drive improvements in pupils health and wellbeing.

Places at the Festival are still available with applicants able to enjoy a 20% discount by using the code ‘dailymile20’. For more details and to register visit https://www.ifleast.org/.

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