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Historical ContextThe purpose and approach to teaching and classroom management has considerably changed due to a variety of factors including government policies developing research and scientific explanations for its benefits to children during their education Lance et al 2007 Mackenzie 2004 recalls on how in the Havoverian Period 1714-1790 play and sport particularly in the education environment was largely ignored by the government This lead to minimised use of it and Physical Education PE was a very irregular activity in schools Lance et al 2007 Mackenzie 2004 However progressively school sport and activities within the teaching environment were developing Mackenzie 2004 online Public schools became highly involved in competitive sporting events and by 1940 school sport was being used as exercise with creative physical training known for its multiple physical and mental benefits for the participant Statutory expectations and overviews began to arise in the early 1900s with a strong emphasis on the relationship between sporting skills exercise and health benefits The 1909 Syllabus of Physical Exercises Board of Education 1909 suggested that the educational benefits of Physical Education and School Sport were primarily moral and mental Bailey et al 2006 states that this is the first indication of sport and exercise supporting the children in holistic ways The 1909 syllabus explains that the moral benefits of exercise were improved behaviour and social skills and the mental benefits being the development of the learning processes and opening opportunities for the child to learn Bailey et al 2006 In 1944 physical education was established for its educational value Mackenzie 2004 online This is in line with the timing of the Act for Education 1944 which focussed on the importance of the whole child Bell 2004 online This led to further guidance and statutory documenting such as further PE curriculums and government initiatives such as Every Child Matters 2003 which promotes an increase opportunities to use exercise in schools to benefit children in these discussed ways
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