Ex England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio wants Ofsted to focus on physical activity as much as academic achievement. Assessing how physically active pupils are as part of a school’s performance would have a positive impact on the childhood obesity problem.
One in three UK children leave primary school overweight or obese. Research suggests that without intervention 85% of them will become obese adults.
He pointed out how little focus there is in education on sport and nutrition and the seemingly unstoppable increase in childhood inactivity and related health problems.
UK children were ranked the eighth most overweight in a recent OECD study of 26 countries.
We’re totally in agreement with Lawrence Dallaglio – educating a new generation on the importance of activity and nutrition is just plain common sense.
Of course we would include in that how detrimental to health and wellbeing becoming a habitual chair sitter is. Introducing standing desk options into learning environments can only result in healthier and more productive children and in the future, adults.