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What Works in Schools and Colleges to Increase Physical Activity

This updated report summarises evidence of what works in schools and colleges to promote levels of activity amongst children and young people.

The evidence suggests an association between being physically active, and academic attainment and attention. Being physically active also helps to promote physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

Children and young people who are physically active are more likely to continue the habit into adult life.

This document is intended for:

  • headteachers
  • college principals
  • staff working in education settings
  • directors of public health
  • wider educational partners

Are your Food Resources Fit for Purpose?

Food – a fact of life has published Guidelines for producers and users of school education resources about food. These voluntary guidelines can be used to support the development of high quality resources or to audit resources already in use in school.

For more information and to view the guidelines, click here.

Library Events in Westminster – More Than Just Books

Check out your local library to enjoy a series of regular workshops that are designed to help children develop their concentration, co-ordination and comprehension skills.

Below are just some of the events offered, but the full list can be found on Westminster City Council’s website:

  • Church Street Library: meet the ZooLab’s team of animals and rangers to learn all about their work and meet some of the animals in person. Suitable for children aged 5 and over.
  • Marylebone Library: Andy Hiccup, from Boo Hiccup is visiting earth to perform an out-of-this-world magic show. Children of all ages are welcome and the show is free.
  • Victoria, Pimlico, Marylebone, St John’s Wood and Paddington libraries: race through space with specially designed shoes inspired by fantastic footwear from the Wallace Collection.
  • Charing Cross Library: enjoy singing, dancing and learn to use shakers for this fun musical session with specialist entertainers, Tiny Tunes. Suitable for children under 5 and free to attend.
  • Maida Vale Library: explore gravity, rockets and space food with Fizz Pop Science. There will be explosions too. Free to attend and children aged 5 and over are welcome.
  • Church Street Library: enjoy an afternoon of great entertainment and tasty food, as well a chance to meet new people at the summer tea party.

Swim for Free in Westminster

Did you know that under 19s living and studying in Westminster can swim for free in all leisure centres in the borough?

For those who need to learn the difference between a front crawl and the butterfly swimming strokes, then crash courses are available at Moberly, Queen Mother, Seymour and Porchester leisure centres.

To find out more click here.

Enjoy the Summer at Westminster Leisure Centres

Leisure centres across Westminster will be hosting a sports and physical activity holiday programme called Edutain for 8-13 year-olds for £1 per day.

Sessions will take place at the following centres:

Academy Sport, Churchill Gardens Youth Club and St Andrew’s Club:

  • Monday 5 August – Friday 9 August 2019
  • Monday 12 August – Friday 16 August 2019
  • Monday 19 August – Friday 23 August 2019

In addition, Academy Sport will be hosting Edutain+, a multi-sport programme for disabled children aged 11-16 years-old on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 August 2019
  • Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 August 2019