East MidlandsGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 1 Sep 2014 End Date: 1 Feb 2018

’Move to teach, move to learn’ – a collaborative school-based programmeto decrease sedentary time in primaryschool students (CLASS PAL Study)

What we are doing?

The CLASS PAL (Physically Active Learning) project is working with schools in the East Midlands to develop, implement and evaluate a programme that provides opportunities to break up sedentary time and, in turn, increase physical activityfor year 5 students (aged 9-10 years). We are supporting teachers to use flexible adaptive components of the intervention within different contexts and settingsrather than prescribing a standard ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Why are we doing it?

It is generally believed that too much sitting is detrimental to children’s health.Young children today are increasingly driven to school and learning often meanssitting at a desk for long periods. To date, few school-based interventions have focused on reducing sedentary behaviour throughout the whole day. It is likelyto be challenging for teachers to change their teaching methods to provide opportunities to students to break up sedentary time and incorporate more physical activity throughout the day. A natural and flexible approach to accommodate the different settings, teaching methods, curriculum subjects and physical environmentis required for sustainable implementation. Most importantly, school teachers andsupport staff need to be empowered to implement their own interventions which will be appropriate to their school contexts and students.

What the benefits will be?

Reducing sedentary time and increasing physical activity during the school day willhopefully produce positive changes in the health and wellbeing of students and lead to behaviour change that will be sustained into adulthood. In addition, this work will hopefully engage and mobilise a range of stakeholders to create feasible andsustainable changes to policy and practice which will lead to a decrease in the timepupils spend sitting in UK schools.

Who we are working with:

  • Primary schools across the East Midlands
  • Loughborough University
  • The Youth Sports Trust, Affinity Teaching School Alliance
  • Leicester Diabetes Centre
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Nottingham
  • Deakin University, Australia
  • National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in the East Midlands
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network
  • British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health
  • Lumo BodyTech Inc.
  • Designed to Move (Nike)
Dr Lauren Sherar