At a time when young people’s physical activity levels are at a depressingly low level and childhood obesity continues to rise, there has never been a better time to hear of a desire to get young people more active. There is, of course, considerable evidence that young children who adopt an active lifestyle early in life have better health, education and social outcomes, so supporting all young Londoners to develop physical activity habits offers a clear pathway to greater health equality.
In order to create the systemic change required to change the attitudes and behaviours of young people, London Sport worked with 19 schools from across 10 different London boroughs to see if adding one evidence based intervention would have a positive impact on reducing inactivity and increasing activity.
London Sport invited primary schools to benefit from one of four initiatives that could provide evidence of the impact they could have on reducing levels of inactivity. Twenty schools were selected from the list of schools that London Sport had previously supported in their Primary School Support role and were all based in boroughs with high levels of inactivity, deprivation and childhood obesity.
London Sport selected four interventions that research had shown could evidence the positive impact that they could have on reducing inactivity.
- 67% of schools surveyed had seen an increase of pupil’s participation in PE, sport and physical activity.
- 96% of children said they were more determined to improve their fitness.
- Teachers noted an increase in confidence with children being so enthusiastic that they are actively asking to go running and reminding their teachers if they forget to take them out.
- Some teachers are more active with their children: more active teachers create more active children.
- Behaviour in class has improved and pupils are ready to learn for longer.
To read more about this study, click on the link: London Sport Case Study
British Cycling and HSBC UK, in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, have launched a new programme in schools with the aim of ensuring that every child in the UK is given the opportunity to learn to ride a bike.
The launch of HSBC UK Ready Set Ride follows research conducted by the three organisations which found that 43% of teachers say they do not have the skills or confidence to support children learning to ride.
It also revealed that children aged four to seven years are falling behind when it comes to developing physical literacy and fundamental movement skills, which has a knock-on effect on their likelihood to continue being active in later years.
HSBC UK Ready Set Ride breaks down learning to ride a bike into three easy to follow steps which can be done at school or at home with parents.
It is delivered through a series of online videos, an easy to understand, bite size resource pack, and is supported by fun games and activities to develop a child’s skills both on and off the bike. All digital resources are available to download for free:
As you are probably aware, the national obesity strategy phase 2 was recently published:
Building on the first chapter of the childhood obesity plan which aims to halve childhood obesity by 2030, the new measures, based on PHE evidence include proposals for the introduction of a 9pm watershed for the advertising of unhealthy foods, restrictions of price and prime location promotions including end of aisles and checkouts and calorie labelling at point of choice in high street restaurants and takeaways.
The second chapter of the plan also promotes a new national ambition for every primary school to adopt a daily ‘active mile’ initiative, such as the Daily Mile. This is supported by £620,000 funding for Living Street’s Walk to School project, as well as £1 million to support the Department for Transport’s Bikeability cycling training programme, expected to fund an additional 25,000 training places.
You can also find out more on Duncan Selbie’s Blog: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2018/06/24/our-children-can-no-longer-wait-for-action-on-obesity/
Change4Life and Disney, with the support of Sport England, have joined forces to launch a brand new ‘Train Like A Jedi’ programme that will take children on a galactic adventure and inspire them to get more active.
At the heart of the programme is an exciting Star Wars themed follow-along video, featuring British taekwondo athlete and double Olympic gold medallist, Jade Jones. In the video, Jade guides children through 12 Jedi moves that have been specially designed to increase heart rate, improve physical skills such as balance and agility, develop confidence and emotional resilience, and help them to master the ways of the Jedi.
Over the summer and beyond, children will be encouraged to take part online and at home, in the classroom and through partners nationwide.
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May the Force be with you!
Sport England is looking for up to 50 secondary schools to take part in a pilot project designed to give pupils a more positive experience of physical education and sport.
The pilot, which is in partnership with the Teaching School Council, is being put together to help shape a national programme that will offer specialist training and mentoring to at least two teachers in every secondary school in England by 2020.
Selected schools will receive a package of support and resources that will include funding, workforce training and mentoring.
Click on the link to find out more: https://www.sportengland.org/news-and-features/news/2018/april/20/teacher-training-project-pilot/
The NSPCC have produced a factsheet providing guidance on best practice for PE changing rooms in primary schools.
The guidance includes:
- what schools need to consider when organising changing facilities for children;
- staff supervision;
- changing areas for children with additional needs;
- and using off-site changing rooms.
For further details click on the link: Factsheet: Best Practice for PE Changing Rooms