A total of 121 pupils from seven schools completed an online survey in July 2022. Whilst school level data has been provided in Section 1, the focus of this section is on the wider lessons that can be learnt across all schools. Of those who completed the survey, the majority learnt about the sessions directly (79%): through a parent/ guardian (13%), class teacher (43%) or friend and family member (22%). Whilst just over half of the children surveyed heard about the sessions passively (54%), through school assemblies (32%), social media (19%) or community advertising (2%). Some pupils learnt of the sessions through multiple sources.
Staff Structured Interviews
Eight school representatives took part in structured interviews to reflect on their school’s participation in the AEBSD programme. Given the importance of Headteacher buy-in to the success of school-delivered programmes, the staff member was asked, on a 5-point Likert scale (1 = Not a priority; 5 = Essential priority), to what extent the Headteacher had prioritised the establishment, implementation, and sustainability of AEBSD. Five schools reported that, for all three aspects, it was an essential priority for the Headteacher. Three schools reported establishment and implementation were a high priority, while, for sustainability, two schools reported a high priority, and one reported a medium priority. All schools reported that the senior leadership team were happy with the programme delivery and that the programme worked well in their school. The schools each had a dedicated member of staff responsible for the AEBSD Programme.
Motivations for Becoming an Active Education Setting
With an outcome of the pilot being to create active education settings, schools were asked to select the key reasons (from a pre-determined list) as to why becoming such a setting was important to them. The top three reasons identified were:
- To improve pupils’ health and well-being
- To give pupils access to active opportunities
- To develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of being physically active because it is an important part of their educational experience and development
Schools were asked about the process they undertook to decide on how to invest the AEBSD funding. The following approaches were taken:
- 8 schools liaised with the Senior Management Team
- 6 schools liaised with pupils
- 4 schools liaised with the school governors
- 3 schools liaised with the parents, wider community, and/ or ‘other’
All eight schools invested the AEBSD funding as planned. Additional investment, beyond that given by Sport Wales, was also reported. Specifically, two schools received additional funding from the Local Authority, and two schools reported using their own funds as a top-up due to rising costs. Four schools reported receiving additional nonfinancial support in the form of in-kind contributions from volunteers, training courses and networking opportunities.