News

August 18th 2016

New Government Child Obesity Strategy

Today nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Reducing obesity levels will save lives as obesity doubles the risk of dying prematurely. Obese adults are seven times more likely to become a type 2 diabetic than adults of a healthy weight which may cause blindness or limb amputation. And not only are obese people more likely to get physical health conditions like heart disease, they are also more likely to be living with conditions like depression.

To read more see: Childhood Obesity – A plan for action

March 18th 2016

Physically active maths, spelling lessons multiply academic success

Growing evidence supports physically active lessons while learning in class, researchers say

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/health/physical-activity-class-lessons-1.3460346

 

 

March 08th 2016

Funding for Projects that Raise the Attainment of Disadvantaged School Students (England)

The Shine Trust, which funds projects that help disadvantaged children and teenagers to recognise and then realise their academic potential, has announced that the Let Teachers SHINE competition will re-open for applications at the end of February 2016.

Further information: http://www.shinetrust.org.uk/what-we-fund/let-teachers-shine/

 

 

March 08th 2016

Grants to enhance the teaching of mathematics

The London Mathematical Society has announced that Mathematics Teachers in the UK can apply for grants of up to £400 to attend specific one or two day conferences/events organised by professional mathematical organisations.

Further information: http://www.lms.ac.uk/grants/teacher-cpd-grants

 

May 29th 2015

Maths of the Day promotion in support of Youth Sport Trust ‘National School Sports Week’

National School Sports Week is where thousands of schools within the UK make a pledge to get more young people involved in physical activity, school sport and celebrate school achievement.

Read more: http://blog.mathsoftheday.org.uk

 

May 19th 2015

Why should you use ‘active maths’ lessons?

Motivated children retain information better, look forward to maths lessons and grow in confidence. This has resulted in some remarkable and outstanding progress at schools using Maths of the Day on a regular basis.

Read more: http://blog.mathsoftheday.org.uk/why-should-you-use-active-maths-lessons/

 

 

May 06th 2015

Parents have duty to play with children, says Hunt

Children are arriving at school unable to speak properly because parents are not playing and talking to them enough, Labour’s Tristram Hunt has said.

Mr Hunt was speaking to journalists after addressing the National Association of Head Teachers’ annual conference.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-32551951

 

 

January 12th 2015

The (possible) importance of activity for learning

The importance of exercise and activity is a significant feature in making us happy; when we are happy we’re more acceptable to learn  ………… to read more   http://ukedchat.com/2014/02/18/the-importance-of-activity-for-learning/

 

 

 

December 12th 2014

Call for mandatory PE tests alongside maths and reading

Sports medicine specialists say governments across the UK have squandered the chance to create an Olympic legacy of fitness.

Their conference in London is calling for mandatory “physical literacy” tests in schools, alongside reading and maths.

They say this could help children with health problems and identify future sports stars.

Unions and the Youth Sport Trust say tests would be counter-productive.

To read more: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15774788

 

December 08th 2014

Calls for schools to promote “low-level” activity

Schools should “redefine” physical activity, focusing on low-level effort rather than strenuous exercise, says a leading sports medicine consultant.

Dr Mike Loosemore argues cramming “heavy exercise” into a crowded school curriculum does not work.

He says getting children to stand up and move around more could have an extraordinary impact on their health.

Public Health England says activity must become the default choice rather than an effort.

There is growing concern over the public health impact of inactivity, particularly for the well-being of children.

Read more: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30294607