Inclusion

Increasing participation in PE and sport for students with SEND

With an increasingly strong evidence base linking sport and physical activity to raised levels of mental well-being and achievement Dominic Judge, Assistant Director for Education at the Youth Sport Trust (YST), looks at how schools can increase participation in PE and sport for students with SEND so that no child is left behind, including a look at YST’s groundbreaking work with Special Olympics Great Britain.
Teenagers holding hula hoops

The Youth Sport Trust (YST) hold a passionate belief in the power of sport and physical activity to improve all young people’s well-being, leadership skills and achievement. Not only is there a strong body of medical research linking physical activity to increased physical and mental well-being in children, there is now a fast growing evidence base citing sport as an effective developer of leadership and  employability skills. Indeed, research from Sheffield Hallam University estimates that household earnings for both non graduates and graduates who play sport (compared to those who don’t) can be higher by up to £7k per annum. When you add that up over a lifetime it reinforces how important it is to get all our young people healthy, active and involved.

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