Stage of Research: Implement Team Members: 2
Physical Activity

Standing Desk Intervention (Stand Out in Class)

Excessive sedentary behaviour (sitting) is a risk factor for poor health in children and adults. Incorporating sit-stand desks in the classroom environment has been highlighted as a potential strategy to reduce children’s sedentary time

Working with colleagues at Loughborough, Leicester, York and Deakin (Melbourne, Australia) Universities we conducted a cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a sit-stand desk with eight primary school, year 5 classrooms in Bradford.  Six sit-stand desks replaced three standard desks (sitting 6 children) in the intervention classrooms for 4.5-months.  Teachers used a rotation system to ensure all pupils were exposed to the sit-stand desks for >1 hour/day on average.

A preliminary estimate of intervention effectiveness revealed significant reductions in daily sitting time.   Qualitative measures revealed the intervention and evaluation procedures were acceptable to teachers and children, except minor issues around activPAL attachment.  This study provides evidence of the acceptability and feasibility of a sit-stand desk intervention and evaluation methods.

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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

Our team members

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Dr. Sally Barber

Bradford Institute for Health Research - Lead for Physical Activity Research

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