Movement for Wellness Conference

Thursday 26th January 2023

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The problems we are trying to solve...

Under half of children and young people in the North East are doing enough physical activity to benefit their health and development.

According to The Big Ask, unhappiness is the biggest issue for children today.

The Big Ask

Movement is a powerful tool that if used effectively and consistently can support improvements in physical health, mental health and cognitive function. It can support all areas of “wellness“.

 Wellness incorporates:







“If movement were a medicine it would be a miracle cure

Sport England

Join us for an educational and inspiring line up of keynote speakers and workshops that will support you to maximise the benefits of movement in your primary school.

Target audience:

Primary Schools:

Booking Information

  • Glow, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6AP
  • Timings: Full Day - 8.30am - 3.30pm
  • Timings: Headteacher Section - 8.30am - 1.30pm
  • Cost: £120+VAT Full Day Ticket
  • Cost: £60+VAT Head Teacher ticket


Sue Wilkinson MBE

Chief Executive Officer, Association for Physical Education

Sue was formerly secondary trained in Human Movement Studies and taught in secondary schools and completed outreach work in local schools. Having then been selected to take a lead on a TDA initiative for a Local Authority re: training primary colleagues as specialist in physical education, she then went on to become an Advisory Teacher responsible for first, middle and primary school physical education.

Sue trained as an Estyn and Ofsted team inspector for primary physical education. Whilst working in a Local Authority she was seconded to several Universities working on Initial Teacher Education programmes both in England and Hong Kong. Sue loved this work and became a Director of PE ITE and then as an assistant Director of Teaching and Learning at a Midland University. From there she was then seconded by the British Association of Advisers and Lecturers (baalpe) and the Youth Sport Trust (YST) to work on a national strategy for professional development, including the design of the PESSCL programme.

In 2003 Sue became the full time Professional Development Manager for baalpe and in 2006 when baalpe and PEA UK merged, she became the national Business Development Manager. Having overseen several national strategies for PE and school sport, and becoming a technical adviser to the TDA, Sue became the Association for Physical Education (afPE) Strategic Lead in 2011. She has authored and co-authored several publications and is currently leading the association’s initiatives for Quality Mark, effective use of the Primary PE & Sport Premium and the new trail blazing Level 5 and 6 qualification for primary generalists in PE.

In 2017 Sue was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer of afPE and subsequently received an MBE for her services to education.

In July 2019, Sue received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Bedfordshire for her outstanding services to physical education.


Emily Reynolds

National Programmes Director, Youth Sport Trust

Emily started her career as a Physical Education teacher, using the power of movement to inspire young people. Following teaching, Emily was a School Games Organiser & Partnership Development Manager in Wiltshire where she led the provision of appropriate competition, demonstrating the impact of PE and Sport across the curriculum and creating pathways for Leadership and Volunteering. Since joining the Trust, Emily has implemented programmes nationally to support schools in harnessing the power of PE and Sport and now as National Programmes Director, leads the organisation’s delivery strategy.

Alex Dewar

Invictus Games Athlete

Alex Dewar was a highly successful Army Warrant Officer with the world at his feet, when he suffered a brain haemorrhage which would change his life forever.

Physical activity and fitness was key to his survival and his recovery, leading to his participation in the Invictus Games. Alex has rebuilt his life and continues to live with ‘hidden disabilities’ such as reduced sight and dysphasia. He is a truly remarkable man and his keynote will not fail to inspire!

Dr Andrew Daly-Smith

Reader in Physical Activity and Healthy Childhood at University of Bradford

Dr Andy Daly-Smith is a reader in physical activity and healthy childhood. He leads the Wolfson centre for applied research health childhood theme. His research focuses on the design, development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions for physical activity and health in children. He is heavily involved in the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research and Born in Bradford as a Research Director on the Sport England funded Join Us: Move Play programme. Recently, Andy led the co-development of the first UK-based whole-school physical activity framework with 50 regional, national and international stakeholders. The model has been widely adopted across the UK to drive systems change for health and physical activity within schools. In May 2018 he co-delivered a TEDxEducation talk on physically active learning.


Morning Workshops

*Delegates will choose 2 x Morning Workshops to attend


Morning Workshop 1

Movement for Mental Health

Discover more about how the brain and body are connected; how movement impacts the chemicals in the brain and some practices that you can implement to positively impact children’s mental wellbeing.


Delivered by

Delivered by

Annalisa Hopkins

Morning Workshop 2

Movement for Learning

Create active learning environments. Discover how learning can be made more active! Explore how to add movement into your classroom to enhance learning and attainment through active learning and movement breaks within curriculum lessons.

Delivered by

Delivered by

Kate Stephenson

Morning Workshop 3

Co-creation to inspire movement with young people.

Creating a varied and vibrant Active 30 offer. Discover the power of co-creation! Tips and tools on how to engage your pupils in the design of your Active 30 offer and beyond.

Delivered by

Delivered by

Gareth Hamblin

Afternoon Sessions

*Delegates will choose 1 x Afternoon Session to attend

Afternoon Session A

Movement for Fun

Let’s not forget about fun! In this session you will be introduced to some exciting new activities that you may wish to introduce at your school. You will also receive some top tips on creating an active playground environment. This is an active session so bring your trainers!

Afternoon Session B

Moving forward together

Networking and sharing good practice. Interested in what is going well at other schools? Or have a particular issue or idea you would like to discuss? Join this session for some semi-structured networking.


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