Responding to recent figures on childhood obesity from the Local Government Association and the Health and Social Care Select Committee, Valentine Mulholland, Head of Policy for school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“Schools have a role to play in teaching healthy behaviours and encouraging pupils to develop good habits, but they are only part of the picture when it comes to children’s health.
"Schools encourage physical activity and healthy eating in a wide variety of ways including their use of the nutritional standards for school lunches, PSHE and PE lessons and sugary drinks policies. But funding cuts and a high-stakes accountability regime has narrowed the curriculum in schools to focus on certain subjects, reducing the time available for physical activity and teaching children about healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
"Our members tell us that children’s mental and physical health is losing out as budgets and the curriculum come under increased pressure.”
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