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Fit to Study

This study is a great opportunity for your Year 8 pupils to work with scientists from the University of Oxford and find out how PE can help their brain work better.

Smiley ManAbout Fit to Study 

Scientists from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University are running an experiment to find out how PE lessons affect the academic performance of Year 8 pupils.

Our researchers are carrying out an independent evaluation to find out what the results are of this experiment.

Click here to download a calendar of the research activities taking place as part of this evaluation.

Around 100 schools are taking part in the study. 

Thumbs Up Why take part

This is a fantastic opportunity for your pupils to see world class scientists in action and to find out how physical education is linked to how well their brain works. 

As a thank you for taking part, each school will receive £500.

Info What will my school need to do for the NatCen evaluation?

  • Distribute information about the evaluation to parents/carers and pupils.
  • Agree to be assigned to a control group or a group that will receive the Fit to Study intervention.
  • Complete two short web surveys about your school, PE department and any costs associated with delivering Fit to Study.
  • Take part in PE lesson observations and staff interviews.
  • Help our friendly NatCen researchers run a Maths test with a randomly selected group of 90 Year 8 pupils in the 2018 Summer Term. 

Throughout the study our NatCen researcher will provide your school with all the information they need about the process and time table.  

Envelope With Lock We will guard your school's and pupils' privacy 

As part of this study we will be collecting data about your pupils. We will treat all the information we collect from you in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 1998

You can read more about how we handle personal information here

Hand ShakingWho is running the study? 

This study is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and Wellcome Trust. They have asked a number of organisations to help them run this study.

The National Foundation for Educational Research are reponsible for recruiting schools. 

University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University are running the Fit to Study intervention.

Researchers from NatCen Social Research are evaluating Fit to Study and will be carrying out the surveys, observations, interviews and Maths tests to find out what impact the intervention has had on pupil's attainment.