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Creating Active Schools

April 2022 update

- We now have 33 schools (11 pioneer and 22 accelerator) actively engaged with CAS. They have completed their profile analysis (see www.creatingactiveschools.org) and are working closely with their allocated CAS champion to develop their action plans for implementation over the coming months and years.

- All schools have been offered active travel support and 11 have produced active travel plans

- Our CAS champions have delivered or have booked in 16 whole staff and governor training sessions on CAS, so that everyone in school is aware of what we are trying to achieve and has a voice in the development of their plans.

- We hosted our second CAS conference on 4th March 2022 for all schools in Bradford currently using CAS (over 60 when we include the Community Partnership 5 project and Living Well Reducing Inequalities in the City project). As part of this we presented 2 very different case studies from our pioneer schools (Academy at St James and Lilycroft). Delegates attending found them inspiring and thought provoking, with time given to reflect on how this might apply to their own school's context. Our next 2 case studies, at our Summer event, will be Girlington and Dixons Manningham.

- Each termly conference includes time for schools to plan collaboratively within and across neighbourhoods and following this, our CAS champions are developing a series of toolkits to further support priority areas identified by groups of schools (e.g. inclusive play, active enrichment, reducing sedentary time in the classroom).

- Academy St James have been recognised for their work in taking a whole school approach to physical activity and wellbeing at the Active Bradford, Bradford Sports Awards, where they were awarded Active School 2022.

- We continue to develop and evolve the CAS programme in Bradford collaboratively with representatives from our schools (including in schools CAS leads, CAS champions and Headteacher and school leader representatives).

- Significant work is going on behind the scenes on the development of the online CPD for our CAS toolkit (www.creatingactiveschools.org) and we are currently working in partnership with Leeds Beckett University and AFPE (Association for Physical Education) on the content writing for the 22 modules that will be available for schools in 2022/2023.

- We are excited to announce the appointment of our new CAS Project Manager - Andrea Symonds, who joined us on 4th April to build capacity and to add further expertise to our team in relation to our ongoing collaborative work with schools.

- From a research perspective, we are looking forward to working with schools in our Manningham, Eccleshill and Windhill neighbourhoods to evaluate the initial impact of CAS (through a process called Ripple Effect mapping) in the Summer term.

- Following ongoing discussions with them regarding the impact of CAS, we are delighted to be welcoming the Department for Education to Bradford on 26th May to showcase the achievements of our Bradford schools and the CAS programme to date.

- The University of Bradford, Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Bradford Institute for Health Research are leading a national pilot for Creating Active Schools (CAS) with 19 localities from England. This program is supporting up to 400 schools to adopt and implement CAS through creating place-based communities of practice. We hope to grow the pilot for the 2022-2023 academic year.


The Creating Active Schools workstream

We began the Pioneer Phase of the Creating Active Schools workstream with 12 primary schools in 2019, and have used the Creating Active Schools (CAS) Framework (link to research paper) to support our work.

The aim of the Framework is to encourage the whole school community (including teachers, parents and other external stakeholders) to inspire and influence children's physical activity so it becomes embedded across the school day and forms habits beyond school too. All levels and systems have a crucial role to play; from school policies, to teacher training, to the physical and environments adopted, to the pupils and their families - the framework aims to improve how physical activity is positioned and valued in school.

Through our work with our initial schools, we have now developed the Creating Active Schools programme (https://www.creatingactiveschools.org/) - a research based profiling, planning and training resources to create sustainable impact with schools over time.

This programme will be used by all schools who are involved in the Creating Active Schools workstream. As part of the programme the schools not only get access to the online toolkit (link above) but also:

  • Termly training for all schools (pioneer and accelerator)
  • "CAS champion" support for all schools - this involves teachers from schools within Bradford where we have identified best practice, supporting other schools in developing, delivering and evaluating their CAS plans.

By building this collaborative network across schools within our JU:MP neighbourhoods (and beyond by linking to other projects such as Living Well RIC schools and CP5), we will be able to share best practice more effectively and also provide support where it is most needed so every child in every school gets the opportunity to move and play more each and every day.