Posted by Aston Avery

Is your daughter skipping PE lessons?

Newfindings released today, have found that girls are still not participating as willingly or with as much confidence as boys in PE.

The research, by educational platform Studio You, found that double the percentage of girls surveyed stated they would drop the subject if given the option, compared to boys (40% vs 20%), and PE was selected as the subject most likely to be dropped by girls. They also admitted to skipping twice as many PE lessons in a school term, with 38% saying, “I go because I have to and I do not enjoy it.”

The enjoyment gap between the genders is striking, as where boys said they found the class “exciting” (33%) and “engaging” (26%), girls said it was “embarrassing” (30%) and “stressful” (28%) for them. Indeed, half of girls (49%) say that if given the choice, they would never attend PE lessons, compared to just under a third (32%) of boys who say the same.

Aston spoke to Kate Peers, head of campaigns at This Girl Can and Studio You.

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