Emma Seith

‘PE hasn’t changed since the 1970s – girls feel humiliated’

Schools must listen to girls’ concerns about PE to promote activity, says academic

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PE lessons have not changed for decades and are “failing miserably” to engage pupils – particularly girls – in active lifestyles when they leave school, says the head of Scotland’s largest school of education.

Girls feel “humiliated”, “shown up”, “judged” and “forced” to do things in PE, according to research by the University of Strathclyde’s David Kirk, who has spent the past year trialling a new approach in Glasgow schools. He argues that secondary schools are, by and large, failing to address these barriers to girls participating in lessons, despite 35 years’ worth of research showing that ...

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