In the first episode of Aspire Sports’ new podcast series, The Primary PE Huddle, hosts Dan Hays and Andrew Stanton are joined by Dr Andy Daly-Smith, Children’s Physical Activity Researcher. 


Who is Dr Andy Daly-Smith?

Dr Daly-Smith’s passion is supporting schools, teachers and children to embrace physical activity.

His practice driven research focuses on the impact and implementation of physically active learning.

Key themes within his work include physical activity across the segmented school day, whole-school approaches to physical activity and the efficacy, effectiveness and implementation of physically active learning.

As Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Behavioural Science at Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University, Dr Daly-Smith oversaw the physically active learning research project which featured the Aspire, Maths on the Move programme and evidenced the programme’s success in driving activity and improving maths attainment.

Dr Daly-Smith is currently a  Reader in Healthy Childhood at the University of Bradford.

Twitter: @brainercise

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What’s covered in the podcast?

  • What we can learn from the research surrounding physical activity and learning
  • The barriers preventing physically active learning from taking place
  • How to best utilise physically active learning in the curriculum
  • The tracking of physical activity at primary age
  • Teaching approaches and programmes which boost physical activity
  • The key ingredients to achieve whole-school engagement in physical activity
  • Tips for practitioners who would like to embed Physically Active Learning in their primary school

 Available to listen to now, wherever you get your podcasts.