During a recent study by Miss Armstrong on girls’ participation rates in sports and physical activity, research indicated that girls’ do not participate in P.E. and extra-curricular clubs and activities as much as boys. Some findings indicated issues such as lack of confidence and self-esteem, girls not wanting to play alongside boys (to rough) and mostly all boys’ sports being delivered in school. As a school we decided that this wasn’t good enough and we wanted to put an initiative in place to break down these barriers for girls. After liaising with staff and pupils from Houghton Kepier School, we decided to put together the GLAMS.
The GLAMS consisted of four girls from upper KS2. Over the past year they have been trying to increase girls participation rates in a variety of different ways, some are listed below.
- Delivery of an all-girls club (free) on a Tuesday lunchtime, so girls feel more comfortable being physically active and not competing against boys (findings from research).
- GLAMS award and certificate presented in celebration assembly each week.
- Research questionnaires designed and handed out to girls to gain feedback on what they would like to be delivered in school.
- Approachable and always there to listen, offer advice, make changes and support girls regarding any issues relating to sport and physical activity.
- Rewards system for girls’ participation in extracurricular clubs. 20 stamps on rewards card and they get to attend the GLAMS party at the end of the year (free).
Grace Terry (chief GLAM) was nominated by staff for a Girls Active young leader’s award in the last academic year. She had recently been shortlisted to five in her category and will find out in the up and coming months if she has been successful. Fingers crossed for you Grace!
Due to these changes being made in school by the GLAMS last year, girl’s participation rates increased by 19% from autumn term 2018 to summer term 2019. WELL DONE GIRLS.
Say hello to last year’s GLAMS.