Generation Inactive

An analysis of the UK's childhood inactivity epidemic and tangible solutions to get children moving

Generation Inactive establishes the state of the challenge ahead and highlights how little grip we currently have on the scale of the problem of childhood inactivity. It explores the current understanding of children's physical activity in Primary Schools and investigates the measures that are uses to track the activity and fitness levels of pupils.

This stark finding comes at a time when the government has committed an additional £150 million per year towards Physical Education and Sport via the PE & Sport Premium, and are continuing to measure the Body Mass Index of children via the national Child Weight Measurement Programme.

There is little doubting the commitment of Government and stakeholders to address the issue of health and wellbeing of children.

Key Findings

  • 10% of primary schools surveyed utilised indirect measurement of children's cardiorespiratory fitness levels. This relates to pre-planned monitoring of cardiorespiratory fitness levels usiing established and validated measures such as the multi stage fitness test or the six minute run.
  • 1% of schools formally measure children's physical literacy of motor proficiency.
  • 91% of primary schools surveyed recorded or tracked the amount of time children spend in PE lessons
  • 54% of respondent reported that they monitor children's motor skills - i.e. recording internally or through an external provider children's throwing ability, catching ability, balance etc
  • 89% of primary schools surveyed were aware of the numbers of children who are attending after school or extracurricular activity clubs.

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