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Physical Activity

Creating Active Schools (CAS)

Within the UK, 90% of children do not achieve the recommended threshold of 30 min of daily in-school moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Such high levels of sedentary behaviour and low levels of activity have detrimental impacts on childrens’ physical, social and emotional wellbeing and academic performance. Whole-school approaches to physical activity are recommended in global and UK policies as a best investment to reduce inactivity. However, previous school-based programs have failed to address the multiple factors required to operationalise a whole-school physical activity approach.

The Creating Active Schools (CAS) Framework was co-developed by 50 stakeholders in July 2019 using the UK Design Council’s Double Diamond approach. Since August 2020, the University of Bradford, Yorkshire Sport Foundation, Bradford Institute for Health Research have co-developed an implementation model to support schools to create organisational and cultural change for physical activity. Using a process of iterative development with partner schools and wider stakeholders, the Creating Active Schools profiling tool has been constructed. The CAS implementation model builds local communities of practice and supports schools to embed evidence-based provision through auditing current provision, action planning and online CPD.

The CAS programme is enabling 400 schools through 18 Active Partnership and local authority partners to create organisational change for physical activity in schools. The implementation model has recently been showcased in the Sport England publication Putting it into Practice; tools to support tackling inactivity through systems change publication.

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Fundamental Research

Core Science

Fundamental Research

Discovery and Design


Trials and Assessment


Large Randomised Controlled Trial

Refine and test across ~ 100 schools


Regional Rollout


Evidence-based Policy

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Ian Holmes

University of Bradford - Creating Active Schools Manager

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