Maintaining momentum during lockdown

Bryn Llewellyn

Bryn Llewellyn used to be a school leader and teacher, before founding Tagtiv8. This programme certainly gets children moving - as demonstrated in this video featuring a school in West Yorkshire. Bryn is also a co-director of Move & Learn CIC and acts as an education advisor for the BBC and the Premier League.


Website: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Global society has been transformed in ways not seen for generations. We are all facing massive challenges in terms of health and education. School leaders, teachers and families around the world have all asked:

  • “What will happen to the children in our care?”
  • “Where and how will they learn during school closures?”

Step forward the forward-thinking EdTech Impact with edtech solutions for schools and families.

Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, something similar was happening. The HundrED community were keen to find ways to share innovations that enable us to learn at home. Participation in HundrED webinars over the past few weeks has been both provocative and reassuring. The HundrED platform brings together an eclectic mix of individuals and organisations with one common purpose - to help improve education outcomes for all children. This month’s webinar featured Andreas Schleicher from the OECD, who talked about the need for entrepreneurial teachers as well as the need to build meaningful parent-teacher-student relationships. Watch the webinar video here.

So which innovations are highlighted in HundrED’s ‘Quality Education for All During Covid-19’ spotlight? Click here to be inspired and then share with your circles of friends, families and organisations. Here in the UK, many people - some literally - have been falling over themselves in praise for Joe Wicks and his daily HIIT workouts. To me, it’s more Physical Training (PT) than Physical Education (PE). However, Joe is certainly challenging sedentary lifestyles and that has to be a good thing. Teachers don’t have the branding that Joe has, but they have been just as eager - and energetic - in sharing ideas via various social media platforms.

I have been particularly impressed by the #ThisIsPE content created by Yorkshire Sport Foundation - with the support of others. Such ideas certainly increase Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) levels. However, I would like to see slower movement too - better still linked to learning. Approaches of Slow to Moderate Physical Activity (SMPA) levels can be found in Juliet Robertson’s carefully curated nature-based ideas from around the world. Here, the movement is connected with learning outdoors, which impacts further on our emotional and spiritual well-being.

Whilst on my ‘prescribed walks/runs/cycles’ round the local area, I have often stopped to admire the art chalked onto pavements and walls by children and their families. In the woods, people have taken to hanging mini-installations amongst the branches. Such messages of gratitude to the NHS certainly make you stop and reflect. Slowing down over the past month has had a profound effect on many. Personally speaking, it has allowed me opportunities to develop the art of noticing. 

To me, creativity is just as important as being physically active - the two go hand in hand. With this in mind, here’s a simple activity - an opportunity to be ‘creative’. There’s no running around involved - more like walking with purpose.



On the subject of taking life at a more gentle pace, some wise words from Ian Holmes, Headteacher at Thorner Primary School and co-director of Move & Learn CIC:

“In amongst the deluge of distance learning opportunities, please be mindful – we are in danger of information overload for home learning options. The most important thing is we see these times as an opportunity to spend time with our children and learn in a different way.”


Register for free to continue reading
Registration is a free and easy way to support us.
When you register, you'll join a grassroots community where you can:
• Enjoy unlimited access to articles
• Get recommendations tailored to your interests
• Attend virtual events with our leading contributors
Register Now

Latest stories

  • How to handle stress while teaching in a foreign country
    How to handle stress while teaching in a foreign country

    Teaching English in a foreign country is likely to be one of the most demanding experiences you'll ever have. It entails relocating to a new country, relocating to a new home, and beginning a new career, all of which are stressful in and of themselves, but now you're doing it all at once. And you'll have to converse in a strange language you may not understand.

  • Is Learning Fun for You, Teacher?
    Is Learning Fun for You, Teacher?

    Over the weekend, my family of five went to an Orlando theme park, and I decided we should really enjoy ourselves by purchasing an Unlimited Quick Queue pass. It was so worth the money! We rode every ride in the park at least twice, but one ride required us to ride down a rapidly flowing river, which quenched us with water. It was incredible that my two-year-old was laughing as well. We rode the Infinity Falls ride four times in one day—BEST DAY EVER for FAMILY FUN in the Sun! The entire experience was epic, full of energizing emotions and, most importantly, lots of smiles. What made this ride so cool was that the whole family could experience it together, the motions were on point, and the water was the icing on the cake. It had been a while since I had that type of fun, and I will never forget it.

  • Free recycling-themed resources for KS1 and KS2
    Free recycling-themed resources for KS1 and KS2

    The Action Pack is back for the start of the brand new school year, just in time for Recycle Week 2021 on 20 - 26 September, to empower pupils to make the world a better and more sustainable place. The free recycling-themed resources are designed for KS1 and KS2 and cover the topics of Art, English, PSHE, Science and Maths and have been created to easily fit into day-to-day lesson planning.

  • Inspire your pupils with Emma Raducanu
    Inspire your pupils with Emma Raducanu

    Following the exceptional performance from British breakthrough star Emma Raducanu, who captured her first Grand Slam at the US Open recently, Emmamania is already inspiring pupils aged 4 - 11 to get more involved in tennis - and LTA Youth, the flagship
    programme from The LTA, the governing body of tennis in Britain, has teachers across the country covered.

  • 5 ways to boost your school's eSafety
    5 ways to boost your school's eSafety

    eSafety is a term that constantly comes up in school communities, and with good reason. Students across the world are engaging with technology in ways that have never been seen before. This article addresses 5 beginning tips to help you boost your school’s eSafety. 

  • Tackling inequality in EdTech
    Tackling inequality in EdTech

    We have all been devastated by this pandemic that has swept the world in a matter of weeks. Schools have rapidly had to change the way they operate and be available for key workers' children. The inequalities that have long existed in communities and schools are now being amplified by the virus.

  • EdTech review & The Curriculum Lab
    EdTech review & The Curriculum Lab

    The world is catching up with a truth that we’ve championed at Learning Ladders for the last 5 years - that children’s learning outcomes are greatly improved by teachers, parents and learners working in partnership. 

  • Reducing primary to secondary transition stress
    Reducing primary to secondary transition stress

    As school leaders grapple with the near impossible mission to start bringing more students into schools from 1st June, there are hundreds of thousands of Year 6 pupils thinking anxiously about their move to secondary school.

  • Generation Z and online tutoring: natural bedfellows?
    Generation Z and online tutoring: natural bedfellows?

    The K-12 online tutoring market is booming around the world, with recent research estimating it to grow by 12% per year over the next five years, a USD $60bn increase. By breaking down geographic barriers and moving beyond the limits of local teaching expertise, online tutoring platforms are an especially valuable tool for those looking to supplement their studies in the developing world, and students globally are increasingly signing up to online tuition early on in their secondary education schooling. 

  • Employable young people or human robots?
    Employable young people or human robots?

    STEM skills have been a major focus in education for over a decade and more young people are taking science, technology, engineering, and maths subjects at university than ever before, according to statistics published by UCAS. The downside of this is that the UK is now facing a soft skills crisis and the modern world will also require children to develop strong social skills as the workplaces are transformed by technology. 

In order to make our website better for you, we use cookies!

Some firefox users may experience missing content, to fix this, click the shield in the top left and "disable tracking protection"