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October 2017

What are you doing to improve men and boys health?

The Men’s Health Forum is looking for feedback about what organisations are doing to improve men and boys health. The aim is to ensure that its government contacts understand the priorities of the sector and to provide a way of sharing information about organisations activities that support men and boys health.

Whether you are from an organisation that supports or represents men and boys or just interested in how you or your organisation can do more to support men, Men’s Health Forum want to hear from you.

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PE and Sports Premium doubles to £320 million

The Department for Education is doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and Sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year. Last week, they published details of individual allocation at school level and funding guidance for the scheme.

The guidance includes details of who will receive the money, the criteria for how much money schools receive, payment dates, accountability of the funding and how schools can use the Premium.

The Premium should be used to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport on offer. It should be used to develop or add to the PE and sport activities already on offer at schools and build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining in future years.

Guidance on using the Premium

Individual funding allocations


88% of Children Take Part in Sport

Eighty-eight percent of children aged 5-15 years took part in sport in the last four weeks according to findings from the 2016/17 Taking Part Survey results, released by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Eighty-four percent of 5-10 year olds had taken part in sport and 94% of 11-15 year olds have taken part in sport in the four weeks prior to interview. The proportion of boys taking part in sport was higher than girls across both age groups. The Taking Part Survey is an annual household survey commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport measuring engagement with the cultural sectors. The current report presents the headline estimates for child engagement for the year April 2016 to March 2017.

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Lifting the Lid on the Gender Gap

In a new report Sport England explore the reasons why women are less active than men. The latest statistics show that 63% of men are active compared to 59% of women, with men more likely to take part in higher intensity activities than women. Overall, short workouts are appealing to women to help them fit activity into their lives. Women also say that certain sport environments can feel intimidating, especially for those who have had unpleasant past experiences. The report explored the reasons why the gender gap exists across three key life stages; pregnancy, children and families and retirement.
This report is the first in a series of reports exploring the underlying reasons for the Active Lives Adults Survey.

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Tackling School Holiday Hunger and Inactivity

This year StreetGames launched the Fit and Fed campaign, a new initiative aimed at tackling school holiday hunger and inactivity. Low income families often struggle during the holidays, with as many as three million young people being impacted throughout the UK. Fit and Fed seeks to address this problem by providing free holiday activity sessions to some of the poorest communities in Britain, as well as a healthy and nutritious meal for every participant.

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New Reporting Template for the Primary and PE and Sport Premium

The Department for Education has released a newly revised template to support schools with the reporting of their PE and Sport Premium Funding. Maintained schools must publish information about their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium on their websites. Schools should publish the amount of the premium received, a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent), what impact the school has seen on pupils PE and sport participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future. Schools should also consider how their use of the money is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle.
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Healthy Pupils Capital Fund

The Department for Education has announced details of the £100 million Health Pupils Capital Fund to improve young people’s health and wellbeing. The revenue for 2018/2019 has been raised by the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. The fund intends to improve access to and use of facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions. Small and single academies and sixth form colleges can bid for funding through the Condition Improvement Fund 2018/19.

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Rise in Obesity in Reception Children


New National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data show the number of obese children in reception year has risen for the second consecutive year – to 9.6% in the 2016 to 2017 school year, up from 9.3% in 2015 to 2016. For year 6 children, it has remained stable at 20%.The latest data from the NCMP, overseen by Public Health England (PHE), also shows a stubborn gap between the richest and poorest. In the most deprived areas, 12.7% of children in reception year are obese, compared to 5.8% in the least deprived. Obesity in year 6 is 26.3% in the most deprived areas, compared to 11.4% in the least deprived. Today’s report (19 October 2017) underlines the importance of PHE’s work to tackle childhood obesity. This includes working with the food industry to reduce sugar and calories in the foods children eat the most.

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