Did you know, from September 2017 funding for sport and healthy living programmes is increasing, allowing schools to offer more sustainable physical activity initiatives to their pupils.
And we are excited to report that the PE and Sport Premium can be used to fund Living Streets’ flagship Walk to School initiative, WOW - the year-round walk to school challenge.
Walking to school is a great way to encourage pupils to do regular exercise and maintain a healthy weight.
It's recommended that children do a minimum of 60 minutes' physical activity a day, yet just one in five achieves this level and one in three children are now leaving primary school overweight or obese.
Walking to school is a great opportunity for children to achieve part of the recommended daily amount of physical activity before they even reach the school gates.
More children walking to school also helps reduce congestion and pollution outside the school gate and helps children arrive to school ready to learn.
WOW costs less than £1.50 per pupil for a whole year, and has proven results. This investment signifies a fraction (likely to be between 2-5%) of the total PE and Sports premium funding available for each school, into what is a highly effective and established initiative with clear benefits.
What’s more, an investment into WOW gives pupils a lifetime benefit – funding a positive, healthy habit that has an impact on their physical and mental health, as well as having value for the whole community.
We currently work with around 2,000 schools on WOW – the year round walk to school challenge. Through this incentivised scheme, there is a 23% increase in walk to school rates after just five weeks taking part. WOW has a big impact; delivering strong results from small investments. It's simple to run, fun and easy to take part and after just one year pupils have formed new healthy habits for life.
This is the perfect time to invest in Living Streets’ Walk to School initiatives and benefit from the impact they make. Want to find out more? We’d love to talk to you about how we can get more children walking to school.
A teacher's story
As well as the health benefits, and the reduction of emissions from cars being released into the air, I think the way we run WOW in our school has enabled a hidden agenda of its own to surface, as the children just thrive in the chart monitoring and badge organisation.
It’s just such a great incentive to ensure that we keep the next generation of people - who have a massive responsibility to care for our planet - happy, healthy and more educated in the effects of climate change. It’s also a fantastic way of ensuring our pupils arrive fit, refreshed and ready to learn.
Our children have enjoyed many benefits of engaging with Living Streets and the WOW initiative. We could never have dreamed of such success and the recognition WOW has brought to our school.
Karen Brownrigg, Percy Main’s Eco Schools Coordinator
Lauren, a Green Ambassador at Percy Main Primary