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More than a third of schools reported an increase in the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) achieving an hour of daily exercise after the first year of a sports inclusion programme, according to the Youth Sport Trust.

Inclusion 2024, a three-year programme launched in 2021, aims to empower schools to help others around the country make PE and school sports offers more inclusive.

More than 70,000 young people have benefitted from the programme’s first year of delivery, according to recent data from the Youth Sports Trust.

Two thirds of participating schools said that pupils with SEND are achieving 30 minutes of activity per day, with more than a third reporting an increase in the proportion of children with SEND achieving 60 minutes of physical activity.

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