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Highland councillors are told that pupils will be urged to do daily activities as part of a continued focus on improving their physical and mental wellbeing

By Andrew Dixon

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John Finlayson.
John Finlayson.

Highland councillors have been told there will be a continued focus on improving the physical and mental wellbeing of all pupils.

Nicky Grant, executive chief officer for education and learning, said: “During the summer we undertook the Summer of Hope programme within Highland at which over 1400 targeted young people attended sessions and we created over 23 voluntary youth jobs.

“We will continue to promote the benefits of daily outdoor activity across our curriculum, including the Daily Mile and daily exercise which over 60 per cent of our schools have signed up to. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.”

Education committee chairman John Finlayson said: “The physical and mental wellbeing of our pupils remains a top priority. Our pupils and staff have demonstrated their resilience since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, we must make sure that support is available to anyone who needs it.

“We will continue to work closely with schools to continue to encourage and improve the health of all those who attend our schools while also learning from the many positive initiatives that already take place in so many of our educational settings.”

Ms Grant added it has a duty of care to ensure that all staff have a “supportive programme of opportunities” to “learn and grow”.

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