Birmingham’s PESSPA landscape.

Rapid evidence review and analysis of schools’ engagement with PE, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA) across Birmingham.

Spear’s research provided insight into the current PESSPA landscape including variations in engagement across areas and associated public health, socioeconomic and wider school factors. The research shows local schools engage with around a third of PESSPA opportunities available to them. The research also found schools in districts with higher PESSPA engagement are associated with lower income deprivation, less children living in poverty, lower levels of criminal behaviour and better Key Stage 2 results. Recommendations for targeted support to increase PESSPA engagement were presented to Sport Birmingham.

Date: July – September 2020
Client: Sport Birmingham

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