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Tackling childhood obesity – the view from Ofsted

A recent Ofsted review into schools’ role in tackling the child obesity crisis has led to a confusing report that criticises and dismisses our efforts, while offering schools few useful recommendations, says Suzanne O’Connell

Ofsted’s thematic review and subsequent report – Obesity, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Primary Schools (July 2018) – was undertaken as as result of the government’s action plan Childhood Obesity: A plan for action, itself published in 2016.

Ofsted’s report recognises the threat that childhood obesity poses to the health of the nation and acknowledges the complex range of factors that cause it.
Its findings are based upon a review that included an online survey and observations in 60 primary schools. The expressed intention of the research was to develop a better understanding of what primary schools’ contribution to reducing child obesity in England might be.

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