To activate pupils’ learning, give them a sporting chance

Steve Higgins and Lee Elliot Major look at the benefits of getting children moving

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Promises that the 2012 London Olympics would inspire children to be more active look like empty rhetoric six years on. Surveys suggest a significant slump in sports activities and physical education offered by schools. Many pupils exercise for less than two hours per week.

Inactivity in schools is a result of the relentless pressure on teachers to win their own races. And the primary measures of success are results in academic tests. This narrow focus leaves little time in the school day to develop the other valuable attributes we want for our children – be they creative, vocational or ...

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