Category: Physical Health

Dimbleby Report recommends whole-school approach to food education

The National Food Strategy, published on Wednesday, is packed with sobering facts: four of the top five risk factors for early death and ill-health are related to diet; the UK has one of the highest rates of obesity rates in Europe, higher than Germany,… Continue Reading “Dimbleby Report recommends whole-school approach to food education”

Ready Steady Cook! Empowering children to eat healthily

EMPOWERING CHILDREN TO EAT HEALTHILY

‘Together Again’ – and an opportunity to develop children’s leadership skills

DEVELOPING CHILDREN’S LEADERSHIP SKILLS

The Summer of Play campaign promotes children’s wellbeing and development

As pressure continues to build on the government over its post-Covid education recovery programme — to ensure that it is not just adequately funded but also sufficiently ambitious in its aims, scope and timescale — a campaign is underway to encourage as many people… Continue Reading “The Summer of Play campaign promotes children’s wellbeing and development”

Using sport and physical activity to tackle the attainment gap

The shocking reality is that many children from deprived backgrounds do significantly worse at all stages in the education system than children from less deprived communities. The National Literacy Trust reported in 2015 that by the age of five children from the poorest families… Continue Reading “Using sport and physical activity to tackle the attainment gap”

All young children should be receiving free swimming lessons

Former Olympic swimming gold medallist Duncan Goodhew has been in the news this week urging parents to prioritise swimming lessons for their children now that swimming pools are able to reopen. His intervention is a timely reminder of the importance that swimming plays not… Continue Reading “All young children should be receiving free swimming lessons”

Children need to be able to safely enjoy and learn through play

Play has huge benefits for children and families. We have repeatedly highlighted on the Forum website its benefits for children’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. It helps maintain physical and mental health. It develops self-awareness and social interaction skills. It also promotes key… Continue Reading “Children need to be able to safely enjoy and learn through play”

Unlocking the benefits for children of play and outdoor learning

England has today moved to the next phase in the easing of the national lockdown, and the UK’s devolved nations are also in the process of gradually easing their restrictions. Now that spring has arrived, the evenings are getting longer and (hopefully) the weather… Continue Reading “Unlocking the benefits for children of play and outdoor learning”

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Urgent letter to PM highlights the need for outdoor education

Adventurers, explorers and people involved in sport, including figures such as Clive Woodward, have joined with leaders of outdoor centres, schools and charities, and others concerned with children’s wellbeing in signing a letter to the prime minister this week, urging him to allow outdoor… Continue Reading “Urgent letter to PM highlights the need for outdoor education”