STEP works with your school’s STEP Lead to determine the model that works best for you. Some schools use their wrap around care facilities to deliver the STEP Programme and others embed it in their school day.
Typically one of two models is used. The first involves training 3 or 4 members of staff who are each responsible for a larger number of pupils. Pupils step out of the classroom on rotation and are away from class for up to 10 minutes.
STEP provides the software, all equipment and training resources needed to deliver the STEP Programme in your school.
You will need to make sure that you have a space for your pupils to take part (approximately 3mx3m). Schools use a range of rooms from libraries to quiet zones to the head teacher’s office!
Internet access is also necessary to access the individual pupils’ STEP Programmes. This can be wifi (tablets, laptops) or wired (desktops and PCs).
Almost any pupil aged 7-13 could benefit from the STEP Programme but the greatest impact is seen by those pupils in the lower quartile of the classroom, particularly the ones whose academic attainment is not commensurate with their ability. These children are frequently from the poorest socio-economic backgrounds too. The optimum age for pupils to begin STEP is 8 so that they can benefit from improved learning whilst still in primary education before the attainment gap widens further when they enter secondary learning.
STEP has benefited many children with a learning difficulty diagnosis such as ADHD, dyslexia or dyspraxia but it is not specifically a SEND intervention. Some schools have elected to adopt the Programme across the breadth of classroom capabilities due to the holistic benefits gained by participants in addition to academic gain.
Whilst pupils on the STEP Programme benefit from an extra 100 minutes of physical activity each week it is not a class PE Programme. STEP supports all initiatives that improve pupil fitness and activity but the STEP focus is on the development of fundamental physical capabilities that should be automatic such as standing still, tying shoelaces, riding a bike or following words on a page.
The STEP Programme is delivered in a school setting by trained staff. If you think that your child could benefit from STEP physical literacy then we are happy to speak to their school and introduce the Programme to them. Please contact us to find out how we can assist.
Praise and encouragement! Ask your child what exercises they completed that day and let them show you what they have learned. Lots of pupils like practising their STEP exercises at home and you can even try and copy what they are doing. During the school holiday your child will be given a sheet of suggested physical literacy activities that you can do with them. Spending a few minutes each day in physical play is a great way to strengthen bonds and help your child with their ongoing development.
The STEP Programme is the only truly individualised physical literacy programme available to young learners. The adaptive learning software determines what physical skill a pupil should learn next based on their previous day’s performance. The STEP Programme tests the pupils to ensure that they have embedded a skill, not merely learned it and this is why we see such a significant and sustained improvement in pupils who take part.
Schools can start the STEP Programme at almost any time but typically being at the start of the autumn and spring terms. Once you are up and running with the Programme you can introduce new pupils at any time.
Yes! Several of our head teachers are happy to be contacted to share their experience of STEP. Please contact us and we can arrange to put you in touch.