Schools are taking a stand against too much sitting down!

Schools across the UK are taking a stand on too much sitting down in classes, children as young as 3 and 4 are beginning their battle against the diseases of old age the BBC reports.

The majority of schools across the UK are not hitting the recommended target of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise. Dr Loosemore warns in the BBC article that a “tsunami of inactivity” in young children can lead to a dramatic increase in largely avoidable and common diseases.

He went on to explain that to an adult even a thirty minute run after work can’t repair the damage caused by hours over the years of sitting down behind a desk and that it is crucial we start to get young children standing up and stretching more within school hours.

“Sitting can create inflammatory cytokines (chemicals used by cells to signal to each other) which damage the lining of the arteries and the brain, leading to heart attacks and strokes and some cancers and also lead to diabetes and even alzheimers”.

Do we want the children of our new generation to be at risk in 30 years time?

Researchers believe it has become worse due to the age we live in of screen-based social media and computer games. Children represent an opportunity to change current habits and prevent their generation being at risk.

Schools and nurseries are the ideal place to teach and instil a new awareness of the dangers of a sedentary life and to start to tackle obesity and get children into the habit of being physically active from a young age.

In this modern-day environment children of all ages lead a more sedentary lifestyle. There is less emphasis on physical education as Dr Loosemore mentioned, the majority of schools are not reaching their target of physical activity and focusing more on literacy and numeracy in order to meet the ever demanding educational targets.  Children are being denied their natural freedom of movement, imagination and inherent creativity within schools. We want to help schools change this.

From the moment children join reception at school they are sat in front of desks for the majority of the day and adding to this, they often spend long hours in front of television and computer games at home which is leading to postural problems and inertia, and not surprisingly childhood obesity. One in four children in England is classified as obese according to government statistics.

YogaBugs is a great way of introducing some much-needed physical activity into your children’s daily routine at school and nursery in a way they will find enjoyable as well as benefitting them hugely in the future.

YogaBugs franchisees have a range of programmes to offer schools to help make this much needed change, in particular our Early Year’s Impact and Change Programme which works with children for a year, helping to improve their physical and emotional literacy and providing schools with a detailed report of each child’s improvement.

If you are passionate about changing our children’s future and looking for a business opportunity that is rewarding both positively and financially, then please get in touch! YogaBugs is in demand by schools and nurseries alike, we just need you to make the difference in your area.

For more information on the franchise opportunity, please visit www.yogafranchises.co.uk

Educational Underclass is an unacceptable label

Every child deserves an equal chance

Every child deserves a chance

 New research from the Orwellian sounding Centre for Social Justice has stated that children from the poorest homes risk becoming an educational underclass. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) study was produced by a panel of educationalists, chaired by Sir Robin Bosher of the Harris academy federation. The report damningly states that ‘an abysmal start leaves children unready for school.’ The report goes on to demonstrate this by stating that some children arrive at school in nappies and behaving like toddlers. The Think Tank Director Christian Guy drew his conclusions from the report identifying that ”White, working-class boys are in danger of becoming an educational underclass,”

The report which is heavily critical of parents identifies broken homes and disengaged parenting as the cause of this ‘educational underclass’. The study talks of the impact of family breakdown on children and how much they can be damaged by instability in their home life. The lack of a male role model in families is also described as a factor affecting pupils’ behaviour. ”Emotional neglect” from disengaged parents is also a damaging factor for children’s development, says the study.

So lets say a big well done to the Centre for Social Justice for identifying there is a problem that school’s already knew was there. So what have they done about it. Put pressure on the government. Started campaigns targeted to inspire these parents who they are blaming? No. They have created a label. A label that now writes children off at the age of 4.

This phrase educational underclass is truly damaging. I am not saying that there are not issues that need addressing and that parents have no responsibility for ensuring their child is toilet trained, can communicate and concentrate when they start school. The report identifies that there are  700,000 children living with parents who are “dependent drinkers” and 335,000 with “dependent drug users”. This is scary and action must be taken. However, this is not the fault of the children, yet it is the children that are being socially labelled in such a negative way.

Sometimes semantics are really important. Britain historically divides itself through class. Surely the Centre for Social Justice have a responsibility to take this into consideration, and word their reports with more social sensitivity. Their phrasing of educational underclass immediately creates barriers to improvement as marks children out as being different.

A Department for Education spokesman said: “This government is taking decisive action to support disadvantaged pupils and close the unacceptable attainment gap between them and their peers. We are increasing the pupil premium to £2.5bn a year and doubling the number of disadvantaged two-year-olds eligible for free nursery places to 260,000.” I think this can only be a good thing as we cannot ever provide to much funding to our children. Yet, no amount of funding in the world can recover the damage if a child is labelled so negatively.

But this educational underclass has already been created and labelled. Sadly it is here. At YogaBugs we never write children off. We know that within just 10 weeks we can make a big impact and bring about positive change with every child. Over the course of a school year, our ‘Impact & Change’ programme would lift every child out of this disgustingly labelled educational underclass.

So Sir Robin Bosher and Christian Guy, perhaps you need to get in touch with YogaBugs because we will not allow an educational underclass.