Sedentary lives? ‘Physical homework’ will see to that

By working closely with parents, schools can help families to become more active – and pupils to reach their potential, writes Evelyn Gibson

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As teachers, we see first-hand how children are affected in their learning environments by increasingly unhealthy habits and lifestyles. Children today lead more sedentary lives than previous generations, and many parents and carers face difficult challenges that simply did not exist before.

For example, many parents in our area of north Glasgow don’t feel that the local environment is sufficiently safe for their children to play outside, and there’s no local sports centre. Paying for public transport to get to the nearest one is not an option for some.

While these barriers are completely ...

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