Darren is the Executive Head of School at St John’s C of E primary school in Bethnal Green, London. Darren wants pupils to grow up learning how to be good citizens and contribute to society knowing that they have a big role to play. Furthermore, he wants pupils to learn about being healthy and is proud to be one of a small number of schools in the borough that provide lessons on cookery and nutrition.
The benefits of physical activity are well known to teachers. Being physically active can lead to improvements in the classroom, such as increased self-esteem and better concentration levels, which then contribute to greater academic achievement. Yet, even with so many positive benefits, it can be a big challenge for teachers to prioritise physical activity every day. I’ve seen first-hand the benefits for my pupils, so I’ve made getting active at St. John’s CE Primary School a priority for the whole school.