Independent Coach Education writes: how PE is proven to improve performance on & off the pitch

Far extending the need to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic, the holistic development of pupils has no better place to thrive than in PE lessons where teamwork, leadership, negotiation, strategy, success and overcoming failure a.k.a. life’s toolkit, can be tried and tested without limit. Why it has taken until 2016 for the government’s All Party Parliamentary Group to wake up and realise that PE needs to “…have the same status, credibility and funding as the core academic subjects….” is beyond belief but at last it seems they are addressing the big gap in primary education, paying attention to an individual pupil’s physical development with the same value as their academic progress. In fact, now is the time for educationalists to consider that omitting to ensure a child has developed core physical skills may be setting them up for a lifetime of academic failure.