STEP is a personalized, school-based physical literacy program aimed at students aged 7-13 with the optimum year groups being grades 2 and 3. It is completed twice per day during the school week, overseen by a trained teaching resource such as teacher assistants or additional support staff. STEP can be part of a school’s curriculum or intervention program, and impact reporting demonstrates improvements at individual, school, district, and state levels.
Physical Literacy addresses a student’s core physical abilities—their skillset—and is thus different from general PE or sports. The STEP Program focuses on 3 main skills: balance, eye-tracking, and coordination. Each student completes 2 exercises comprised of one or more of these skills in their morning session and repeats them again in the afternoon. Students also enjoy the benefit of 100 minutes of extra exercise per week and the program embeds the idea of daily physical exercise into a student’s routine.
“STEP uses physical literacy to create new pathways for our students, and we have seen improvements in attendance, grades, and over a year's worth of reading growth! This program has given our students hope!”
Stephanie Cotnam, Scott County School District STEP Manager
The physical exercises achieve positive outcomes in THREE core areas:
Figures show percentage of students moving from below to on or above target
The STEP Program of exercises is proven to improve academic capabilities, sporting ability, self-esteem and confidence. STEP demonstrates that physical literacy can equate to cognitive enhancement.
STEP is a series of personalised physical exercises that stimulate the cerebellum to function more efficiently. This in turn allows the cerebrum to function more effectively unlocking potential to learn, participate and socialise for every child at their best capability. By refining the core physical skills of balance, coordination and eye tracking, children are given the opportunity to unlock their potential to learn.
“With consistency, commitment, accuracy and dedication you will see results - so go for it, why wouldn’t you?”
The STEP Program offers teachers the opportunity to manage behaviour issues with an online resource that engages a struggling student in a course of fun, repetitive exercises and automatically logs progress giving visibly positive results.
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“I am excited to see how emerging technologies can be used to help people in ways we have never imagined. Innovations in technology have the potential to make learning fun and engaging and can lead to the learning process being an even more rewarding experience.”
Through direct instruction and quality professional development, the Education Service Center of Central Ohio partners with districts to improve education for all students, particularly those with special needs. The ESC of Central Ohio offers robust educational consultancy through a growing list of programs including instructional coaching, administrative counseling, professional employment services, and business services. ESCCO is the largest Education Service Center in Ohio by student population served and boasts 28 districts as members.
"In collaboration with STEP, the ESC of Central Ohio is offering Central Ohio schools another tool to help improve academic success, boost achievement levels and provide a wholesome classroom experience for students. The STEP Physical Literacy Program is an approach that’s been proven on a global scale to bring value and evidence-based results to schools, educators and students. We’re excited about these implications and the possibilities that exist for our children."
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UK Active is a not-for-profit body comprised of members and partners from across the UK active lifestyle sector. The UK active focus is a long-standing and uncompromising vision to get more people, more active, more often.
ukactive kids works with its partners to:
Help inform government policy with insight from the playing fields, playground and sports halls of thousands of schools and community settings across the country
Shape the direction and strategy for the sector, with a direct voice through to the ukactive board.
Create a vision and structure for delivery and influence the lives of hundreds of thousands of children for years ahead
Define standards and good practice, helping to ensure the safety of children who participate in member led activity
Where needed, work with key stakeholders to put in place regulations & accreditation in place to uphold standards
Stimulate the growth of the sector and the achievement of the vision of more children, more active, more often
STEP has formed partnerships with schools and districts across the United States, England, and Scotland, improving the academic performance of thousands of students along the way. Educators are seeing acceleration of student reading growth, and public servants at state and national levels are taking notice.
"As Chairman of Education in the MS House of Representatives, I have firsthand knowledge of the reading challenges our children face each day. This is an issue that effects them through their entire lives. Physical literacy has proven to be one of the missing components we've been searching for to change that dynamic. I am looking forward to working this legislative session to help our struggling students get the training they need."
Founder & CEO
Physical Literacy Champion