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UK school pupils to learn about mental and physical well–being as part of the new curriculum.
Starting next year (2020) all children in England will be taught how to look after their mental and physical well-being as part of the government’s plan to make health education in all school’s compulsory.
PTC Sports is a keen advocate of the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, plans to promote the link between mental and physical health for school children of all ages. This is in addition to the introduction of relationship education at primary school level and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary age students.
The new programmes are designed to equip young people for ‘modern day living’ and will include teaching children how to look after themselves both mentally and physically. For example, primary school pupils will learn about friendship, spending time outdoors, nutrition and the importance of physical activity.
On the other hand, secondary school students will learn about the impact of drugs and alcohol on their mental status as well as the importance of regular exercise. This comes on the back of a recent government study reporting that almost a third of children in the UK aged 2 to 15 are overweight with younger generations become obese at an earlier age.
The report ‘childhood obesity – a plan of action’ recommended increased physical activity and participating in organised sports and after-school exercise. This, they say, leads to academic improvement. However, this, the report went on to say, can only be achieved with the active involvement of schools and support organisations such as ourselves.
The new compulsory lessons will go some way to addressing the ‘obesity time bomb’ However, it will be up to the schools themselves to decide how they wish to teach the new content both as part of the daily routine or as an extra-curricular activity.
To prepare schools for the new programme, the government has allocated £6m to provide extra resources and teacher training. In addition, the department of education will also provide further support to ‘early adopter’ schools that start teaching the new content from this September (2019)
As an Organisation, we are already working closely with many schools to enable them to fulfil their commitment to these initiatives. We deliver before / after school and holiday clubs. These offer a full range of physical activities such as sport, dance, gym, team games and workout sessions. All aimed, as Education Secretary Damian Hinds says, at preparing young people for the complex world ahead of them.