Active School Flag (ASF) is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland, and part of the National Physical Activity Plan.
The ASF initiative provides schools with a framework to guide, support and incentivise them to work towards achieving a physically educated and physically active school community.
These are the goals of the Active School Flag initiative:
PROMOTE – physical activity in a FUN, positive and inclusive way
INCENTIVISE – schools to engage in a process self-reflection, action planning and collaboration at whole school level
SUPPORT – schools to identify strategies to energise the school day and to reduce sedentary time
ENCOURAGE – schools to strengthen their PE programmes and to promote physical literacy
PROVIDE – students with voice, space, influence and audience to participate in the decision-making process of their school
EMPOWER – schools to develop, and strengthen partnerships, with parents, local and national organisations
GENERATE – a support network for schools where best practise, innovation and successful initiatives are showcased, affirmed and shared
GUIDE – schools to create their own specific roadmap for sustained physical activity practises
COLLABORATE – with schools, national organisations and expert groups to ensure that ASF continues to deliver benefits to schools