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Excuses for neglect of PE

Some primary schools may be using the literacy and numeracy strategies as an excuse for cutting back the time they spend on physical education and play, MPs have been told. Len Almond, of the British Heart Foundation, told the Commons health select committee, which is conducting an inquiry into obesity that the two strategies may be contributing to a substantial deterioration in children's fitness. He said: "Physical activity is a very low priority of headteachers and senior staff."

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