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;
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.
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!
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