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Dance key to tackling obesity in primary schools, says Ofsted

Dance has been identified as a key tool for tackling obesity in primary school children by Ofsted, the schools’ inspector.

Noting that almost a quarter of children in England are overweight or obese by the start of primary school – rising to over a third as they start secondary education – the watchdog recommends that schools “focus on improving those things they are best placed to do”.

It says this includes teaching skills “like how to cook or how to dance” and providing “ample opportunity for children to take physical exercise during the school day”.

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