Physical Education is a key element of the curriculum across most schools in the UK and has been for many years. Can you remember PE lessons or Sports Day as a child and the pride that accompanies representing your school in competitive events? You may not realise it, but these experiences will have contributed to your adult life to a certain extent. In recent years, researchers have started to focus more closely on the wider benefits of sport in school, as explored by a private school in Surrey below.
One of the most obvious advantages to PE lessons is that they contribute to keeping young people fit and healthy, particularly as it’s such a regular aspect of school life. As a result, sport in schools can reduce the likelihood of various different chronic illnesses from cancer to type two diabetes. Children may not understand the health benefits of PE lessons at the time, but it’s up to parents and educators to ensure they get enough exercise and fresh air.
However, sport isn’t just beneficial for physical health; it can also improve a child’s mental state of mind. The satisfaction of winning a game will improve a child’s self-esteem, which can then help them in other lessons. It’s an opportunity to take a break from a normal classroom environment, blow off some steam and even socialise. Children learn to play as part of a team and listen to directions from their teacher/coach.
The key skills developed through sporting activities can usually be transferred to other areas of a child’s academic and personal life. Resilience is one example; children often need to persevere even when they feel like giving up. The ability to persist and overcome challenges will come in handy when your child faces exams, or even when they’re older and start applying to jobs and universities.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.