Stepping up for Change

YST Girls Active: Stepping up for Change
Building on our work with secondary schools, Girls Active: Stepping up for Change, aims to support primary and secondary schools to work together, taking positive action with girls and between schools at a critical time of change.

What's involved?

Girls Active Stepping up for Change begins with a one-day teacher training workshop for primary and secondary teachers, and concurrently, runs a girls’ leadership day, designed to build confidence and empower girls to take positive action to improve the PE, sport and physical activity experience back in school. 

Additional support provided through the programme includes:

  • An individual school insight report on girls’ participation and perceptions of PE, sport and physical activity in your school
  • Self-review framework and action plan tools
  • Inspirational hard copy and electronic resources for teachers and girls
  • Seed funding and ongoing support (subject to funder).

Why is this important?

Our own research shows in primary schools:

  • Almost twice as many girls as boys report that a lack of confidence stops them being active in school
  • Boys say they are more active than girls with 39% saying they do more than 60 minutes of activity a day compared with 25% of girls
  • The gap between girls’ and boys’ levels of physical activity grows as they get older.

The transition from primary to secondary school is an anxious time for children and poor transition experiences can negatively affect children’s wellbeing. During transition disruption to friendship groups, along with declining body confidence can affect participation levels in sport and physical activity. During this time girls often worry about what PE in secondary school will be like, with fears over how it might be formal, competitive, or less fun. For girls at secondary school age, research demonstrates higher likelihood of experiencing barriers to participation (82%, compared to only 58% of boys). 

For further information, please contact:
Mia Palmer
Project Support - Inclusion
girlsactive@youthsporttrust.org