Obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools: A thematic review into what actions schools are taking to reduce childhood obesity

Ofsted, July 2018

Ofsted report that looks at the actions primary schools are taking to reduce childhood obesity. Emphasises that schools
should be reinforcing messages, imparting knowledge and developing skill are what schools do – and do well. In the shared effort to tackle obesity, schools should focus on improving those things they are best placed to do:

  • planning a challenging and well-sequenced curriculum, including learning about the body in PE and science about healthy eating and cooking
  • providing ample opportunity for children to take physical exercise during the school day – with lots of opportunities to ‘get out of breath’
  • teaching particular skills like how to cook or how to dance
  • updating parents on their children’s physical development such as agility, balance and coordination.

Click here to view the full report.

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