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By Sandy Barker, Gillian Bendelow, Berry Mayall, Pamela Storey, Marijcke Veltman

This article is predicated on a countrywide survey of basic faculties in England and Wales. It examines the healthiness of kids in colleges at a time of elevated category sizes and cutbacks in employees and help companies. The impact the varsity construction can have on

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I feel happy. ’ that children were not getting sufficient exercise. For instance, a town primary school commented that: …too many children come to school by car. 3: In the playground: ‘FUN’ Curricular Exercise and Play games many of the children are lethargic/tired and find exercise quite a strain. From the children’s point of view, PE and breaktime both offer a chance to play, to get exercise, and to spend time away from classroom work. Indeed PE as a feature of the school curriculum may have less allocated time than breaktimes.

We also found that although in 27 per cent of minor first aid cases parents were not contacted, virtually all were (except 5 per cent) in the major first aid category. With the twelve major medical accidents, parents were successfully contacted in all but one case. The fact that parents were uncontactable in only 2 per cent of the cases to some extent acts as a corrective to comments made on the questionnaires about parents being unobtainable when children are taken ill at school. [Difficulties with] contacting parents when pupils are taken ill, as only about 40 per cent of the parents have a telephone contact number.

A recent report (April, 1996) documents ‘an appalling level of neglect of the condition of our schools’ (ACC and AMA, 1996). 26 3 Curricular Exercise and Play Exercise and food are the main topics identified by children as health promoting, as this and other studies show (see The View from the Children, pp. 188–90). We have taken account of this identification in our case-studies, and pursued both topics in detail, through staff and children’s accounts. In the survey, we aimed merely to set the scene on the complex matter of what is offered in schools, as regards exercise in the curriculum and at breaktimes.

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