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Primary PE cash could be used to tackle child obesity

A report by Ofsted has suggested that some of the funding provided through the Primary PE and Sport Premium could be used to promote health and wellbeing in children.

All primary schools across England received support from the £150m fund in 2013, to help develop the legacy of the 2012 Olympics. The watchdog concentrated on 22 schools to see how the money was being spent. According to the report, sports skills had improved and good use was being made of the money. Some schools were even increasing the number of sports being offered, while others were using the cash to employ specialist teachers or sports coaches.

However, although the schools appear to be making good use of the funding, Ofsted has stated that some advice from the Department for Education may be beneficial to help maximise the benefits. Inspectors also advised that the funding could be utilised more effectively to encourage and improve the health and wellbeing of students, to help tackle the problem of child obesity.

Some heads of school admitted that they had been unsure of how to use the money initially, due to a lack of guidance being provided. The report did acknowledge that some faculties had already invested in help for those pupils who are overweight, while promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Many schools are already concentrating on offering healthy food and snacks, particularly in the school tuckshop. Lincolnshire is one of many regions in the UK to promote healthier options for its students.

Posted by Mark
October 29, 2014

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