ENSURE THAT EVIDENCE, DATA AND INSIGHT INFORM THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLICY AND PRACTICE TO SUPPORT ACTIVE LIVES.
What have we done?
6 in 10 of Greater Manchester’s Children and Young People are not active enough to be beneficial to their health. These were the results from the first release of the 2017-2018 data from the Children and Young People Active Lives’ Survey. To achieve our aim of 2 million people moving by 2021 an approach was needed to:
Share the results with the education network to make sure that everyone knew how active children and young people are in their area and how to encourage them to become more active.
Raise awareness of the survey among the education network and the benefits to schools in completing the survey.
Encourage more schools to complete the survey so we have a more robust sample with the 2018-19 results.
In tackling these, the operational networks across Greater Manchester including the Local Authorities, Councils and School Games Organisers, supported in providing opportunities for us to share the Active Lives results with primary and secondary PE leads in their areas. In total ten Primary Link Teacher days were attended where the activity levels, and wider outcome data was shared with the PE leads, as well as how the reports could benefit them within their own school environment. On a more strategic level we engaged the Directors of Children’s Services, Local Pilot Steering Groups and Head Teacher’s Alliance to ensure strategic support for the survey and to encourage other schools to get involved.
When schools complete the survey they get their own bespoke report this details the activity levels of the children and young people within their school and provides some ideas on how to support their school in becoming more active.
Marple Hall in Stockport received their report and decided to drastically change the way that they do sport and physical activity to encourage more young people to be active.
Their report showed that they needed to work on the wellbeing of their students and the amounts of vigorous activity they do. Consistent with the national trend for years 9-11 the wellbeing indicators were not as high as the school would have liked and they believed that it was their duty to change this. The school also found it alarming that only 14% of their young people surveyed completed 30 minutes of physical activity inside and outside of school each day. Knowing that it would have been higher for younger students, the school decided they needed to improve retention at school clubs and provide better links to other external clubs.
Based on the report they have adapted their PE lessons, run quarterly fitness checks with KS3 students, and looked at varying the extra-curricular offer to ensure more students can find something they like.