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Exercise during lessons.

Exercise during lessons.

School pupils who take part in physical exercise like star jumping or running on the spot during lessons do better than their sedentary peers, research has found.

An analysis led by University College London of 42 studies from around the world found that including exercise in classes had a "significant effect on educational outcomes" during the lesson, as measured by tests or observing pupils’ attention to a given task.

Typical physical activities during the lessons included movement to signify whether a fact is true or false, or jumping on the spot a certain number of times to answer a maths question.

Researchers looked at data from 12,663 pupils aged between three and 14.

Running on the spot

 

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