Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.


Learning through health and wellbeing enables children and young people to:

• make informed decisions in order to improve their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing

• experience challenge and enjoyment

• experience positive aspects of healthy living and activity for themselves

• apply their mental, emotional, social and physical skills to pursue a healthy lifestyle

• make a successful move to the next stage of education or work

• establish a pattern of health and wellbeing which will be sustained into adult life, and which will help to promote the health and wellbeing of the next generation of Scottish children


Education Scotland


Singing, Dancing and Health and Well-Being


There are bundles of research that prove the benefits of singing, dancing and performing on health and well-being for children and young people across the curriculum. One of the real benefits of Glee is that it is one of the few approaches that addresses the expressive arts, health and well being outcomes and even more (members resources)

Music and song play a key part in all our lives but research shows that it is key in the lives of children and young people with the vast majority listening to music on a regular basis. The Glee Challenge taps into this world, children singing and dancing to and performing music which is accessible, familiar, current, relatable but more so demonstrating that the world of music can and does provide real opportunity. There is no elitism, classism, racism or discrimination of any sort, we have had a choir from a hearing impaired school, visual impaired children, hospitalised children, children using wheelchairs and walking frames taking part. Unlike other choir initiatives there is no need for auditions so children from any walk of life can take part. The only requirement is a desire to take part. 

The benefits can be summarised and grouped under the following headings:

Physcological/Emotional Benefits

  • lowers stress and tension

  • boosts confidence

  • relating and communicating experiences, thoughts and emotions to other

  • singing is a mindful activity

Behavioural Benefits

  • improved self-efficacy

  • increased self achievement

  • improved group working and class behaviour

  • positive thinking

Social Skills

  • interpersonal skills

  • feeling good and feel valued

  • strengthens social bonds

  • improved community and belongingness


  • song and dance are physical activities

  • improved fitness

  • improved coordination

  • increased overall health

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