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‘PE will help every child deal with anything that’s thrown at them’

Squeezed by a high-stakes system, physical education is one of the most threatened subjects on the timetable. Yet, the person tasked with convincing schools otherwise, Sue Wilkinson, knows better than anyone that it can be a genuine life-saver, as Will Hazell finds out

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Sue Wilkinson, the chief executive of the Association for Physical Education (AfPE), was crossing the road on a Friday afternoon when she tripped and fell.

As a former gymnast, she knew how to fall. Wilkinson picked herself up, brushed herself down and carried on. But upon arrival at the café where she was meeting a friend, she began to feel unwell.

By the Monday morning, one of her hands was shaking uncontrollably. While heading to a meeting in London, walking had become difficult. Then things finally came to a head the following weekend.

“I was on the phone to a colleague, and that’s the ...

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