Case Studies from OFSTED

Here are a few case studies from OFSTED and some of the ways we have already worked in schools along similar lines. Our entire PE Plus model is about taking the sports and health and wellbeing interventions in a school to the next level. We don’t want replace teachers at a school but instead be invested into the extra elements that schools need time for to get outstanding PE results.

Case study: Extending participation in competitive school sport
Portway Junior School
Portway Juniors used its funding to join the local school sports partnership to promote more inter-school sports competitions. As a result, the number of pupils who have taken part in inter-school sports competitions has more than doubled, from 40 to 100, since last year. All these competitions were organised by the school sports partnership. The funding was also used to provide transport for pupils to attend competitions held in central venues.

We have helped to enhance school competitive sport through our Inter School Sport project. This year we intend to see more children playing sport who otherwise wouldn’t get the chance.

Case study: Fitness first – getting pupils busy, active and healthy
Springfield Junior School
The premium has been used to raise staff awareness of the need to increase pupils’ aerobic fitness through regular physical activity. The school has focused its staff training on raising physical activity levels in lessons and increasing pupils’ participation in out-of-school-hours clubs. The assistant PE leader took staff training, observed lessons, suggested areas for improvement and revisited lessons to ensure that they included high levels of physical activity.
The school was also aware of a number of pupils who did not participate in any of the extra-curricular sport and physical activity clubs on offer. It felt that new activities were needed at a different time of the day to attract the non-participants and enable the school to reach its aim of 100% pupil participation.

The school introduced a cycling and running club (duathlon) run by the headteacher and assistant PE coordinator, for pupils to attend from 7.30am on four days each week. Pupils who took part in the club were given a healthy breakfast before school began.

Our preschool fitness clubs are the exact same model as this. We want to see children able to take part in clubs that are different, fun and active. By running our free early morning clubs we hope to see children bouncing into school and starting the day active.

Case study: Leading by example – empowering pupils to make lunchtimes more active and fun
Wyken Croft Primary School
The school’s detailed records of pupils’ participation in physical activity and sport showed that a small number of pupils did not participate in extra-curricular sports activities. They were also generally inactive outside of school. These pupils were targeted for greater involvement in physical activity and encouraged to attend lunchtime activities by their teachers, teaching assistants, external coaches and lunchtime supervisory assistants.

External coaches were employed to introduce lunchtime games and physical activities. To make this sustainable, the school’s two deputy headteachers also attended the ‘Powerful Positive Lunchtimes’ training. In turn, they trained lunchtime supervisory assistants, who will eventually take over from the coaches. The school’s records showed that approximately one third of all pupils took part in these organised lunchtime activities during their first term of operation.

As a result of the success of this initiative, the school decided it would look for ways to involve even more pupils in lunchtime physical activity sessions. Eighteen pupils have been trained as the ‘Sport Crew’. Using a different area of the playground and targeting different year groups, the ‘Sport Crew’ organised a range of games and physical activities over the lunchtime period. School leaders report that this was highly popular and had notably increased pupils’ participation. The school also reports that some of the ‘Sport Crew’ members gained in confidence and improved their leadership skills as they worked with younger pupils.

Our Play Leaders activities are very similar to this project. Making sure we develop young leaders to make an impact at lunch. We provide the external role models to inspire and then watch the children grow into leaders.

Case study: Identifying non-participants and providing new, additional activities to re-engage them in sport and physical activity

Wyken Croft Primary School
The school keeps detailed records of all the extra-curricular activities attended by pupils. The headteacher says, ‘We know from questionnaires, talking to parents and our own knowledge of the children which of them attend sports clubs in the evening and at the weekend. On the same recording sheet we also have the academic interventions that children attend and the support they are getting for social and behavioural difficulties. All this information allows us to target certain individuals for additional sports activities paid for by new funding and for extra support or encouragement in PE and sport.’

We have specifically trained our staff in the widest possible range of skills in order that we can offer a massive breadth of activities which means schools can ask us for the right sports to interest those who are not engaging.

Case study: Building on an established ‘health week’ to promote active, healthy lifestyles

Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School
The school aimed to build on its existing annual health week by developing a wider range of physical activities and learning opportunities for pupils. New funding was used to employ specialist coaches and other adults with sports qualifications, including some parents and carers, to run additional workshops for pupils in all year groups alongside other class-based activities. These included dance for toddlers, Zumba and gymnastic taster sessions for pupils and their parents and carers. During the week, the children participated in new physical activities and learned about the importance of exercise and its impact on heath, how our bodies work, the dangers of drugs and how to eat healthily.

We think a Health Week is a great for any school demonstrating their commitment to the health of their pupils. Our choices for life activities and fitness sessions can be the cornerstones for such a week.

Case study: Food for thought – improving individual pupils’ health and well-being by changing their diet and exercise plans

Springfield Junior School
Along with a Change4Life club targeted at non-participants, Springfield used the premium to employ a nutritionist to work with a small number of overweight pupils. This gave the pupils and their parents the knowledge to make positive choices about diet and lifestyle to improve their health. The activity levels of the targeted pupils were recorded at the start of the programme and again two terms later. School records showed that, although it is very early to report any substantial weight loss, pupils have increased their general levels of physical activity and feel that their personal fitness has improved. Pupils also commented that they were more confident about joining in with sport and physical activities.

Our choices for life program delivers all this and more. We monitor the outputs and can help schools demonstrate the value of our work.