Physical Activity Innovation with Schools
The Physical Activity Innovation with Schools (PAIS) project seeks to develop new and innovative ways to incorporate physical activity into school time. PAIS is funded by the Queensland Government and contributes to efforts to reduce the rates of chronic disease in the community by focusing on prevention.
The project aligns with State Schooling’s Supporting Student Health and Wellbeing Policy, which acknowledges that schools have an important role in supporting student participation in quality physical activity.
In Central Queensland the PAIS project is CQ Sporty Schools and is focused on reinvigorating school sport. The project has a strengths-based approach which identifies the resources already present in school communities and how best to harness them.
Physical education specialists, or similarly skilled teachers, are coordinating the projects in their schools supported by grants for modified sports equipment and teacher release time for professional development.
Sustainability beyond the life of this project will be enhanced by the development of effective partnerships with local, regional, state and national programs that share an interest in raising the levels of physical activity in children.
Queensland Health is committed to investing, innovating and planning for a healthy future. Queensland Health supports PAIS in conjunction with the Healthier.Happier. campaign to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day for good health. Currently only 41% of Queensland children are sufficiently physically active. PAIS creates an opportunity for schools to explore how they can best support and encourage children to be physically active in ways that meet school and community needs.
Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
The Australian Government DNPRSS encourages Queenslanders to be active and healthy through sport and recreation. It contributes to the project through its Get Active Kids Initiative including a Daily Physical Activity iphone App and Get Active Queensland Accreditation Program which provides teachers, school sport volunteers, tertiary and senior secondary school students throughout Queensland with FREE training that can ultimately lead to recognised accreditation in coaching, officiating and sports first aid.
Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
The ASC delivers almost all Commonwealth funding for sport. This includes the Active after Schools Communities (AASC) program which provides primary school children with access to free sport and other structured physical activity programs in the after-school time slot. AASC is providing expertise in the area of sports delivery through the Playing for Life kits, books and manuals they produce and the professional development of coaches to the project via their Beginning Coaching General Principals online course.
Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
ACHPER advocates for quality health and physical education. It supports the professional learning of teachers and advocates for healthy and active lifestyles for all Australians. ACHPER is the professional association of the physical education teachers who will coordinate our project in schools, and we are partnering with ACHPER to provide two regional conferences in 2015.
Thirty band 7-10 schools in the Central Queensland region successfully nominated to be part of the CQ Sporty School trial. Nominations are currently open for band 6 schools.
Alpha State School, Blackall State School, Blackwater State School, Denison State School
Gladstone West State School, Kin Kora State School, Miriam Vale State School, Mundubbera State School, Rosella Park Special School, Tannum Sands State School, Taranganba State School.
Calen District State College, Chelona State School, Dundula State School, Eimeo Road State School, Fitzgerald State School, Glenden State School, Glenella State School, Koumala State School, Mackay Central State School, Mackay North State School, Mackay West State School, Mirani State School, Northview State School, Slade Point State School, Victoria Park State School.
Allentown State School, Bouldercombe State School, Crescent Lagoon State School, Farnborough Sate School, Glenmore State School, Gracemere State School, Mount Archer State School, Park Avenue State School, Rockhampton North Special School, The Caves State School.
Research and Evaluation
The CQ Sporty Schools project is being externally evaluated by the University of QLD. This report is due to be available in August 2015.
This article is the result of a systematic literature review by an expert panel. It concluded with the recommendation that school-age youth engage in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.
Physical Activity and Student Performance at School
This article compiled the results of peer-reviewed, published research about the relationship between school achievement and health of school-aged children. It concluded that more investigation is required to prove that physical activity can improve student performance but that the benefits of physical activity adequately compensate for the time it takes from academic pursuits.
Physical Education, School Physical Activity, School Sports and Academic Performance
A systemic review of available literature showed that up to an hour can be allocated to physical activity programs in the primary school day without negatively affecting the academic outcomes of students.
This excellent paper developed by the Department of Sport and Recreation WA provides information about the link between physical activity and academic achievement.