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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Physical Activity and Well-being in Schools

A research project of the School of Education.

Background

The aim of this project is to evaluate the impact of two school-based interventions on student’s levels of physical activity and wellbeing. A cluster randomised control trial is being conducted, with participating secondary schools allocated to one of the interventions, or both, or to a control group.

The project is well underway; schools have been recruited to participate, interventions developed and baseline data collected. The interventions are currently being implemented. Some schools have completed the interventions and outcome measures have been collected. Other schools are currently implementing the interventions and outcome measures have still to be collected. The project is on schedule to be completed on time.

Some difficulties were experienced in recruiting schools to participate in the project, although the required sample size has now been achieved. There have been some minor changes to the original proposal in response to experience gained as the project has progressed.

Funding

The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Physical Activity And Wellbeing In Schools (£394897.52 from ESRC)

Methods

We have recruited 61 schools, thus achieving the original recruitment target (n=60) for the project. Schools from the North East and Cumbria were invited to participate through regional Heads meetings, curriculum meetings (e.g. Geographical Association) and personalised letters to the Head in every secondary school throughout the project’s catchment letter. In total, invitations were sent to approximately 380 schools to include private and state maintained schools (including academies, comprehensives, middle, high and special schools).

Findings

Intervention delivery and end-point measurements will be completed in January 2014, with the project ending on 31/05/2014.

Oral Presentations to date:
Routen, A.C. & The MOVE Project Team (2012), The MOVE Project: School-based interventions for increasing physical activity and wellbeing, International Geographical Union, Commission on Geographical Education Research Forum. London, England.

Thomson, K.H., Dunn, C, Curtis, S., & The MOVE Project Team (2012), School-based interventions for increasing physical activity and wellbeing: The ‘MOVE’ -Projects’ design and conceptual framework, Embodying the Life Course: Relating Past, Present and Future Bodies Workshop. Durham University, England.

Routen, A.C. & The MOVE Project Team (2013), The MOVE Project: Health education interventions for increasing physical activity and wellbeing in secondary school children, Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing: WRIHW Research Colloqium. Durham University, England.

Tymms, P. & The MOVE Project Team (2013), Physical activity and wellbeing in schools, Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing: WRIHW Research Colloqium. Durham University, England.

Routen, A.C. & The MOVE Project Team (2013), The MOVE Project: Health education interventions for increasing physical activity and wellbeing in secondary school children, FUSE Physical Activity Workshop. Newcastle University, England.

Thomson, K.H. & The MOVE Project Team (2013), The MOVE Project: Using GIS as a tool for increasing physical activity and well-being amongst secondary school-aged students, NIReS Health and New Technologies: The Great Outdoors’ Workshop. Newcastle University, England.

Thomson, K.H., Routen, A.C., Gallannaugh, F., Curtis, S.C., Tymms, P. and the MOVE Project Team (2013), A discussion of the acceptable level of intervention variability within a schools-based RCT, Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences, Durham University, England.

Poster Presentations to date:Routen, A.C. & The MOVE Project Team (2013), The MOVE Project: Rationale, Design and Progress Update, Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences, Durham University, England.
Won “best poster in conference” prize

Staff

From the School of Education

From other departments