28 June 2016

Local MSP Hails Primary School Physical Education and Nutrition Figures

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has hailed new figures showing 99% of Aberdeenshire schools reach physical education targets and an increased uptake by those eligible for free school meals.

The SNP extended free school meals to all children in P1-3 in 2015, a policy benefitting around 135,000 children and deliver savings for families of at least £330 a year for each eligible child.

The Healthy Living Survey 2016 also showed that the number of primary school pupils in Aberdeenshire receiving at least 120 minutes of PE has increased from 79% in 2012 to 99% this year.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“The SNP is making sure every young person has the best start in life. The delivery of free school meals for all primary 1-3 pupils is part of that commitment. We continue to do all we can to uplift our young people by tackling inequality and poverty.

“The latest Healthy Living Survey shows an increase in the number of primary schools reaching the target of 120 minutes of physical education across Aberdeenshire. This is a welcome step in guaranteeing our children begin their lives as both physically active and healthy.

“Being active in childhood is critical to development and encourages healthy habits vital to helping children learn. These figures once again demonstrate the SNP Government is successfully encouraging Scotland to be a healthier place.

“The Scottish Government continues to ensure children have the best start. By continuing to focus on education and young people throughout this parliament, the SNP Government will ensure that Scotland continues to become a healthier and more active nation for generations to come.”

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