Is it what it looks like?: Physical activity 0pportunities in Southampton primary schools
ISPAH ePoster Library. Defever E. Oct 15, 2018; 225138; 257
Mr. Emmanuel Defever
Mr. Emmanuel Defever
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Abstract Background:<\b>
The primary school setting has been promoted for physical activity intervention as it has the assets to educate and provide physical activity at population level. Despite growing evidence on poor physical activity levels within children, the health consequences and interventions there has been limited documentation of what opportunities commonly exist within primary school settings. Aim:The purpose of the study was to conduct a city-wide analysis of Southampton primary and junior schools on physical activity opportunities for 7 – 11 year old children. Methods:<\b>
Southampton is a unitary authority of approx. ¼ million population and the 2017 health profile suggests higher proportion of low income families, deprivation, and overweight Year 6 children compared to national average. All 44 state primary and junior schools in Southampton were included and sources of information were a) a survey consisting of short answer questions, b) PE and Sport Premium Impact report and c) Ofsted report. Data was qualitatively analysed to explore the extent of current opportunities. Findings:The main findings include: 1) a typical school day offering limited specific opportunities for physical activity promotion, 2) reliance of ad hoc internal and external events focusing on sporting activities as opposed to sustainable and balanced opportunities, 3) generally low quality and lacking in standardisation on reporting of the funding impact, and 4) implementation barriers including insufficient resource, staff training and pressures of academic attainment. Conclusion:<\b>
Collectively, schools provide a range of physical activity opportunities; however, the variability is wide-ranging and inconsistent throughout the city.
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