Swimming classes help middle class children boost their maths grades, a study by UCL has revealed.
Children who take part in organised sports and physical activitieswere one and a half times more likely to reach higher than expected grades in their maths test at the end primary school at age 11, it found.
Researchers claimed that the sense of achievement children experience while engaging in activities like swimming and dancing motivates them to do well in their academic studies as well.
The study, which was carried out by NatCen Social Research, Newcastle University and ASK Research, analysed information on more than 6,400 English children born in 2000-01.
The study’s lead investigator, Dr Emily Tanner, of NatCen, explained the link between engaging in sports and other extra-curricular activities and increasing grades in maths. She said: “The chance of experiencing success in sports raises pupils’ confidence and self-esteem. Activities like after school clubs can help a child value school in a new way and establish stronger relationships with staff.”