The real Olympic legacy

In the 1970s research outlined the factors that can hit a child's life chances. Today, we are still fighting many of these issues, says Dr Hilary Emery.

With the inspirational successes of the Olympics and now the Paralympics, we must build on the Games’ values of equality, respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination and inspiration, as we start a new year.

In the 1970s, NCB research entitled Born to Fail? identified that poverty, domestic violence, poor education and ill-health can prevent children from achieving their full potential.

Schools play a vital role in helping to mitigate the effects of these inequalities, and as surely as our Olympic and Paralympic successes are celebrated, we should look beyond sport to explore other ways for young people to experience victories in school. Whether through the curriculum or extra-curricular activities, schools should use this opportunity to inspire pupils to get involved in things they enjoy, without fear of underachieving.

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