This profile is intended to provide a summary overview of the current practice and provision of a school in relation to physical activity (PA).
Whilst the profile provides an “overall” score for the school (out of 100), it is important to remember that it’s key purpose is a tool for ongoing school improvement and that scoring should be used to identify a school’s own areas for improvement, rather than being used as an absolute measure to compare schools.
Before completing the tool, it is essential that you consider both the benefits and current guidance in relation to physical activity, based on the UK Chief Medical Officer’s Physical Activity Guidelines (September 2019):
The cornerstone of the CAS framework is establishing whole-school practice and ethos for physical activity - the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs and practices around creating a physically active school.
The physical environment reflects the amount, variety (e.g. green space, playground, school hall) and quality of school spaces that impact on physical activity behaviours.
Stakeholders that influence physical activity behaviours in school (and beyond) are: school leaders, teachers and other school staff, children/young people, parents/guardians, and wider stakeholders (e.g. active school coordinators, public health specialists, local organisations and clubs).
Combined, the environment and key stakeholders determine the implementation of physical activity across seven opportunities. The opportunities are determined by what the school can control (O1-4) and opportunities that the school can influence (O5-7). The opportunities with the greatest potential impact on whole-day physical activity reside closest to the framework midline.