Children's Health In Primary Schools by Sandy Barker, Gillian Bendelow, Berry Mayall, Pamela Storey,

By Sandy Barker, Gillian Bendelow, Berry Mayall, Pamela Storey, Marijcke Veltman

This article is predicated on a countrywide survey of fundamental faculties in England and Wales. It examines the healthiness of kids in faculties at a time of elevated category sizes and cutbacks in employees and help providers. The impression the college development can have on

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Again, when these ratings are broken down by the age of the school, a varied picture emerges. 7 indicates that many playgrounds in more modern schools were highly rated (61 per cent), and pre-1944 schools had more of the lower ratings. We expected there would be differences between rural and more urban schools in ratings of the play environment. Indeed 60 per cent of the rural schools rated their playgrounds as very good or good; with somewhat lower percentages for town schools (52 per cent) and for inner-city and city schools (49 per cent).

The low ratings of the quality of playground equipment were striking, and may reflect current budgetary constraints, and perhaps rising expectations about what should be provided. It was the oldest schools which reported the worst conditions, suggesting poorer base-line equipment. However, there was little reported difference by the location of schools: 26 per cent of inner-city schools and 23 per cent of rural schools rated their playground equipment as good. Improvement to playgrounds and play equipment seemed important in many schools.

1, p. 241). 5: Age of school buildings (%) 17 The Survey Many rural schools were housed in the oldest buildings (56 per cent), as were Church of England schools (53 per cent) and small schools with under 100 children (70 per cent). Fewer junior schools (17 per cent compared to 27 per cent infant, 33 per cent primary) were in older buildings. In contrast, Roman Catholic schools were frequently in modern buildings; 57 per cent were in post-1965 buildings, compared to 40 per cent Church of England, and 40 per cent non-denominational.

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