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New Ramadan PE guidelines launched

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Ground-breaking Ramadan guidance developed by Dr Irfan Khawaja at Birmingham City University will create a more inclusive environment in schools for Muslim students and staff engaging in physical education.

The guidance, thought to be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, gives schools practical advice for supporting fasting Muslim students and staff so they can continue to take part in PE sessions during the Holy month of Ramadan.

The guidance also includes practical adaptions for a comprehensive list of PE activities, such as swimming, trampolining, athletics, and gymnastics, to accommodate fasting students and staff. It also highlights the importance of communication, encouraging schools to speak to Muslim staff and students so they are able to offer the right support.