PHYSICAL EDUCATION LEVELS AT RECORD HIGH IN LOCAL SCHOOLS
Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:37
MACDONALD WELCOMES SUCCESS OF SNP SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT DRIVE TO GET KIDS ACTIVE
Angus MacDonald MSP has today welcomed new figures showing that 100% of school children in Falkirk District are now receiving the recommended amount of exercise at school.
The SNP Scottish Government is committed to the target that every primary school child gets two hours a week of physical education and secondary school pupils get two periods a week.
In 2010 55 per cent of Scottish primary schools received at least two hours of PE a week compared to just 5% in 2005 – and now that figure stands at 99% across Scotland and 100% here in Falkirk District.
Welcoming this Angus MacDonald said:
“Physical education is the best possible way to promote and ensure a level of fitness for young people in Scotland. And it gives our athletes of the future a chance to excel at an early age – so these figures are a credit to our schools and teachers here in Falkirk District.
“The continuing rise in the number of schools meeting PE provision - with 99 % of primary schools meeting the target of at least two hours for each child - shows that Scotland’s children are becoming more active and Scotland is steadily becoming a healthier nation.
“Today’s figures are a strong sign of the great progress that is being made in Scotland’s schools – only with the SNP can we continue to build on this progress and make Scotland’s education system even better.”