Cash incentive after Havering schools fail to take up health scheme

HAVERING Council has announced a cash incentive for schools to take part in a new health initiative, after only six of the borough’s 59 infant, junior and primary schools signed up.

Children are also being incentivised to eat healthier lunches.

The council wants schools to sign up to ‘The Daily Mile’ – an international campaign to get students to run or jog for 15 minutes every day.

To incentivise more schools to get on board, the council’s partner London Marathon Events has agreed to give a £250 cash prize to one of the schools that signs up before Christmas.

It will do the same again for another school in the summer term.

Robert Benham, the council’s cabinet member for education, children and families, said: “We aim to encourage more schools in our borough to sign up for The Daily Mile and support pupils to increase their daily activity during the school day.

“Research has shown children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health improves with increased physical activity.”

Hugh Brasher, director of London Marathon Events, said taking on the challenge would ‘make a massive difference’ to children’s health and that he hoped ‘every school in Havering’ would sign up.

Meanwhile, the council is also offering incentives for children to eat healthy, school-catered lunches.

Key Stage 2 pupils who eat a school meal from September 9 to October 18 will be entered into a competition to win one of 60 brand new bikes, supplied by Halfords.

The six schools with the highest uptake of the healthy meals will also win class trips to Stubbers Adventure Centre.

Charles Thomson

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