Guest Blog #2 Bryn Llewellyn: Active Learning – the future of education?

Bryn Llewellyn is the brains behind Tagtiv8 and takes a look at how active learning is making a positive impact on schools across the country.
As teachers and leaders, we need to look at ways we can increase and embed creative opportunities for learning. Research shows that children who are physically fit are better at absorbing and retaining new information. Physically Active Learning (PAL) approaches not only provide an enjoyable alternative to traditional learning but promote physical activity – crucial when we all face the increasing problem of sedentary lifestyles.
Tagtiv8’s take on active learning has now been shared with 170 schools and demand continues to grow, especially now that schools look towards delivering the 30/30 Daily Target of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA).

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In the Childhood Obesity Plan of Action, the Chief Medical Officer for England recognises the benefits of active lessons in English and Mathematics. As Tagtiv8 have over 30 years of teaching and school leadership behind them, they are ideally placed to support schools.
Reading the quotes from children and teachers already embracing Tagtiv8’s active learning approaches demonstrate how pioneering schools ‘get the pedagogy of Tagtiv8 and children love the games’.
Susan Abbott, a Lower KS2 Leader at a school in Leeds, stated: One Teaching Assistant was amazed by a boy who normally speaks in one-word answers in school. He wouldn’t stop talking all day and used full sentences for the first time, describing all the learning he was doing!”
Alison Kriel, CEO of the Amaya Trust in Hackney, added: “Tagtiv8 is an amazing resource and should be in every school.”
It’s not just about the smiles and becoming more active though. Tagtiv8’s active learning approaches also have an impact on academic standards. It was great to see Tagtiv8 feature on ITV News, following the research into active learning by Leeds Beckett University.
Tagtiv8 are quick to point out that most of the games are created in partnership with schools and like-minded organisations such as Evolve.
“Evolve’s Health Mentors have been an invaluable source of ideas for lots of our games. Health Mentors know what makes children tick and as such, they are quick to realise what games will excite and enthuse the children.”
School leaders are quick to recognise the versatility of the Tagtiv8 games, from EYFS to Key Stage 3, and this has been evident in schools that Evolve Health Mentors work with. A recent event with the West 8 Partnership in Nottingham showcased a variety of active learning games to SEND pupils who were engaged with enjoyable learning throughout.
Chris Lincoln, Evolve Regional Manager for East Midlands, stated: “It was great to work with children who were clearly enjoying the content of the sessions. Tagtiv8 provides the opportunity to teach core subjects in a different way to help maximise the learning potential for all students. This was evident for pupils of the West 8 Partnership and everyone enjoyed a great day of activities.”
If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact Tagtiv8 directly:
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