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Food and Fitness 1

How one successful school revamped food and fitness programmes

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This programme illustrates how one school has successfully taken on board the government's Blueprint for Healthy Living. Five years ago, Skirlaugh Primary School in Yorkshire was in special measures. Today, it wins awards and its most recent Ofsted report lauded it as "outstanding". This programme explores their transformation, focusing on the central role food and fitness occupy in school life. Headteacher Barbara Hoggarth's 'whole-school' approach can be regarded as the key to this change in direction. Her strategy involved putting citizenship and physical, social and health education (PSHE) at the heart of the curriculum and insisting that healthy diet and regular exercise be an integral part of every school day. Every breaktime, Skirlaugh is a hive of organised activity. With an adventure playground, a giant chessboard, sports equipment, sun-shelters and 'buddy benches' to choose from, every child is occupied and bullying has been dramatically reduced.


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