Celebrating success of Bupa Start to Move

Teachers, young people and senior executives from Bupa UK and the Youth Sport Trust have attended a special reception at the House of Lords to celebrate the success of Bupa Start to Move.
Celebrating success of Bupa Start to Move
  • 30% increase in teacher’s confidence in teaching PE
  • Over 11,000 primary school teachers and teacher trainees trained
  • Physical activity levels of pupils increases.

Teachers, young people and senior executives from Bupa UK and the Youth Sport Trust have attended a special reception at the House of Lords to celebrate the success of Bupa Start to Move.

Bupa Start to Move is a unique training programme that equips teachers with the skills they need to teach high quality physical literacy in primary schools and in turn improve the core movement skills - agility, balance and coordination - of young people.

Bupa Start to Move has trained 7,000 primary school teachers and 4,200 teacher trainees who are involved in Early Years and Key Stage 1 PE lessons.

Evaluation findings show there has been on average a 30% increase in teachers’ confidence in teaching PE following the training programme. There has also been an 11% increase in physical activity levels of the children and a reduction in time they spend sedentary.

Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

Bupa Start to Move has transformed the teaching of physical literacy in our primary schools. It has made a significant difference to both current teachers, and those in training, as it has given them the confidence and competence to teach physical literacy in the same way they deliver literacy and numeracy.

Since 2011, Bupa has led the way in understanding the challenges of improving physical literacy within primary schools and the need to take action to support this area of our work.

The impact we have had is significant. Teachers are more confident, schools have become more active and most importantly of all, young people are getting a higher quality teaching experience of physical literacy.

Building on this work, government funding through the PE and Sport Premium in recent years that has focused on primary school PE and sport is also a welcome addition, but it is important to recognise the important role that Bupa has played in laying the foundation for this transformational change in primary physical education.

Dr Paula Franklin, Medical Director at Bupa UK, said “Bupa is passionate about inspiring people to lead active, healthy lifestyles. We believe that encouraging children to be active will result in more active adults – and support from teachers during children’s formative years can be crucial.

Through our involvement in the Bupa Start to Move programme we have supported the training of over 10,000 teachers, paving the way for a lifetime’s participation in PE, sport and physical activity for children.

The evaluation of Bupa Start to Move, also demonstrates how this programme is an inclusive platform that enables teachers of Early Years (EY) and Key Stage (KS) 1 pupils (4-7 years) to reach all children no matter their ability. Of particular significance is the positive impact that the programme is having on the children with the lowest Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS); who would otherwise have been disadvantaged in engaging with their peers in physical activities, including playtime.

Sue Roberts, PE coordinator at Haworth Primary School, said:

I wanted to go on the Bupa Start to Move course as I’ve been teaching PE for numerous years and wanted some fresh ideas. The course was really important because it starts with children right at the start of their physical literacy and I now try to include the integral parts of the course in all my lessons.

For further information on the Start to Move programme:

www.youthsporttrust.org/content/start-move

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