PE: Skating towards better health
19 May 2008Add to My Folder
Discover how one school successfully extended their PE curriculum by adapting street sports
Skate this way for a 21st century PE curriculum
Encouraging children and young people to undertake more physical activity is becoming an increasingly important priority for schools. In the summer of 2007, Gordon Brown, said; ‘We need to put school sport back where it belongs, playing a central role in the school day’ – and the National Healthy Schools Programme is an initiative which aims to do just this.
The National Healthy Schools Programme is a joint Department of Health (DH) and Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) initiative which provides a broad framework for schools to support their children and young people to develop healthy lifestyles. Improving participation in physical activity is a major emphasis within the programme.
Making PE more accessible
Effectively motivating children and young people to be more active is a huge challenge for schools regardless of size and cultural context, and can require some ‘out of the box’ thinking. Working with the National Healthy Schools Programme and a comprehensive network of local and national partners, schools are increasingly embracing a range of alternative physical activities including popular ‘street sports’ to help make PE lessons more accessible and appealing to young people.