Royal Wootton Bassett Academy helps students create an exercise habit for life

By Barrie Hudson - 2 February 2021

Education

Students of Royal Wootton Bassett Academy are keeping fit thanks to dedicated teachers and an app.

Royal Wootton Bassett Academy student Ben goes through his paces

Head of Physical Education Charlie I’Anson and his colleagues are using the new miMove app to help all students reap the benefits of physical activity during lockdown and beyond – and ideally create an exercise habit for life.

miMove, says the academy, makes it easy for students to log their physical activity and comment on how they felt while exercising. 

This data can then be viewed in real time so teachers can support and motivate young people, celebrate their achievements and communicate with parents as to how they are getting on. 

The miMove app has been welcomed by students.

Harry, a Year 7 student, said: “I like miMove. It inspires me to do more physical activity."

Another Year 7 student, Elsie, said:  "It is great because the teachers get to know if we are being active. 

"Also, what we are doing might be different to our usual PE lessons and it lets us reflect on how we feel doing the activity."

As an early adopter of miMove, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy is well ahead in the strategic vision recently outlined by Sport England.  

Data from January 2021 shows that the school’s activity levels are exceptionally high. During the last week of January, girls logged over 1900 activities totalling 86,955 minutes while boys logged over 1600 activities totalling 78,430 minutes. 

Mr I'Anson said the programme had revolutionised how he and colleagues are able to motivate students and track progress.

“I’m lucky to work with a brilliant team, all fully committed to igniting a spark of enthusiasm for activity in each and every student,” he added.

“miMove gives us clear data to let us know how well we are doing. We are very fortunate to work with such a fantastic group of students and supportive colleagues and parents.”

Headteacher Mrs Anita Ellis said: “In these times of immediate adaptability and when remote learning has unfortunately left our students sitting in front of screens for more time than we'd all like, miMove has enabled our students to continue to be physically active.  

“The idea that they are in control of their PE lesson by recording their own favoured activity encourages their participation, gives them a target to aim for and shows them the value of all kinds of physical activity."

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