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Barnet schools to boost girl power in PE lessons
Posted on: 06/10/2015
Dancing in the dark with glow lights and dance routines using footballs could be just some of the new activities being offered in girls’ PE lessons at schools in Barnet.
A total of six secondary schools have signed up to a new programme called Girls Active under which teachers are being trained to make girls’ PE lessons more fun and appealing.
The programme seeks to tackle issues such as low participation, poor body image and a lack of understanding of the benefits of PE. It also also encourages girls to design their own PE lessons and even invent their own sports.
Queen Elizabeth Girls’ School head of PE Ceri Thomas said: “This will make a huge impact on girls in the area. This training will allow teachers to support girls to help them understand why and how they can be healthy and active in new and exciting ways.”
Other schools involved are Hendon School, on Golders Rise, London Academy, on Spur Road, Saint Martha’s Convent School, on Senior Road, Totteridge Academy, on Barnet Lane, and Whitefield School on Claremont Road.
“Getting more girls into physical activity at an early age has the potential to create a healthier, happier and more productive society,” said Ali Oliver, chief executive of the Youth Sport Trust charity, which is running the programme.
The national programme is funded by Sport England in partnership with the Women in Sport charity.