Girls Active Update

Are our girls active enough?

This is the question we asked ourselves in May 2015. The PE team at Ivanhoe have teamed up with the youth sports trust, Leicester University and Bangor University to take part in a project called Girls Active.

We started out recruiting Miss Motivators that now lead the project within school and we rely on the student voice to steer us in the right direction to help promote a positive mind-set and approach in PE.

The Miss Motivators have worked really hard over the past year thinking up fresh ideas to bring to PE at Ivanhoe, some of these consist of;

  • Introducing leggings into the PE kit, this has had a huge impact on how the girls feel when taking part in Physical Activity.
  • Positive Comments/ gestures challenge- we challenged our sky sports leaders to share positive comments and gestures within lessons to help others feel more comfortable and confident.
  • Sharing physical activity stories about Ivanhoe staff - we have termly updates on the TV’s around school of different achievements and hobbies that the staff take part in to inspire our students, to show that anyone can do it!
  • More inclusive inter-house competitions; for example, dodgeball and capture the flag with staff joining in too!
  • SPA day (Sport and physical activity day) to help engage girls by giving students the opportunity to try different sports that are not on offer at school like Yoga, Zumba, Kick boxing etc.
  • Created our own This Girl Can posters around school.
  • New extracurricular clubs on offer in response to the students voice from PE questionnaires. Throughout Sept- March we had Dodgeball and Gymnastics on the extracurricular timetable and Handball and Badminton on the curriculum.

These ideas and changes, I feel have really had a positive impact on Girls in PE and around school and I feel students are feeling more positive and enthusiastic about physical activity.

The university has been keeping track of our progress and also monitoring a random sample of around 80 pupils within the school to see if the Miss Motivator/ Girls Active scheme has had any impact on their personal feelings towards Physical activity. 

What’s Next?

Studies show that from Primary to Secondary school, with girls bodies changing there is a big drop in the amount of physical activity girls take part in.  We are hoping to get our Miss Motivators into the primary school inductions to help, encourage, inform and motivate the year 6 girls coming into Ivanhoe.

We have also just launched a Girls Active Reward scheme to get more girls into extracurricular clubs. Students will be able to collect a stamp every time they attend a club and two stamps if they bring a friend, with some great rewards on offer. We are trialling this up until the summer with the girls and we hope to introduce it to the boys in September!

27 May 2016

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