The benefits of keeping children active in school

With the children off school over the summer holidays Rebecca Hart (Dance Equation founder and director) asks schools to remember the benefits of keeping children active….

Exercise is essential to healthy development but that isn’t the full story. Frequency of movement (rather than just sitting still for long periods) is now believed to be just as important than just an hour in a P.E. Lesson. It helps children gain greater control of their bodies, makes them stronger, faster and helps with sleep too.

At Dance Equation we have witnessed the benefits that moving frequently rather than ‘sitting still’ over many years can have on a child.

Mental Wellbeing, physical development and mood enhancement are just some of these benefits but there are many more:

It builds confidence

There is no doubt that children naturally have endless energy and boundless enthusiasm for movement when the constraints of modern society. Do your children have the opportunity to regularly explore and develop their own movement in different contexts?

It helps with mental wellbeing

The endorphins that the brain releases during exercise help to improve mood, energy levels and even sleep. Together, these positive effects help to improve self-confidence and resilience.

When a child sees how fun it is to be able to dance, jump, walk, run, stretch and play they are more likely to want to continue enjoying being active throughout their life. Seeing and appreciating what their body can do, rather than how it looks, is a great way for a child to build a positive body image.

Did you know

For over 20 years, Dance Equation has been working with schools to help them inject fun and energy into learning. From supplying regular dance classes to cover the PE curriculum to getting children to dance about maths in our Dancing Digits after school clubs, there are so many ways we can help you keep children active at school.

We can help your pupils to keep happy and healthy and learning through dance. Get in touch today


  • Dance classes as part of the PE Curriculum.
  • Lunchtime and after school dance clubs
  • Brain breaks and active learning
  • PPA cover
  • Cross curricular projects
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