The recent Government policy to reduce childhood obesity (Childhood obesity: a plan for action, 2017) has identified physical inactivity as one of the many attributing factors in the increase in childhood obesity. Thus, the report recommends a national campaign for every primary school to adopt an “active mile initiative”, such as ‘the daily mile’, or 'golden mile'. These schemes aim to get children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates. However, there are emerging some anecdotal findings from the evaluation of the Isle of Wight Physical Active Teaching and Learning (PATL) programme pointing to the the inconsistent implementation Active Mile. It has been suggested the Active Mile competes for curriculum time with core subjects such as Maths, English and PHSE. Thus, in partnership with teachers on the Isle of Withe Dr. Mwaanga has developed the Smart-Mile. The Smart-mile integrates maths, English and PSHE revision into the Active mile. Four schools in Southampton and Isle of Wight have started implementing the Smart-mile in addition to the Active Mile. Other resources have been for teachers (see attachment).
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2018|