The cornerstone of the CAS framework is establishing whole-school practice and ethos for physical activity - the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs and practices around creating a physically active school.


The relevant policy and key performance indicators specifically linked to this section are:

  • KPI 2 - Profile of PE and Sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  • SS3 - All sport and physical activity provision is designed around the principles of physical literacy, focusing on fun and enjoyment and aims to reach the least active.


School Improvement

This section considers the ways a school prioritises physical activity so that all stakeholders regard it as a core school improvement outcome.


Monitoring and Evaluation

This section considers the ways in which the school ensures effective implementation and impact of it's intentions to improve physical activity behaviours and outcomes for children and young people (including this profile and implementation toolkit!).


Policies and routines

This section considers the way the school's policies and routines have been explicitly linked to the provision of physical activity to improve outcomes for children.



This section considers how your school shares the importance of physical activity, celebrates best practice from all stakeholders, and regularly promotes and inspires children (and their families) to be regularly active.


Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing

This section considers how your school invests in professional development and knowledge sharing with all stakeholders in relation to promoting physical activity to improve outcomes for children.

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The physical environment reflects the amount, variety (e.g. green space, playground, school hall) and quality of school spaces that impact on physical activity behaviours.