How Do We Sign Up?
We are currently running a Pilot of StepITS before the full commercial launch later in 2018. Terms and conditions for joining the Pilot can be seen here:
What does StepITS cost?
The early adopter StepITS price is £13 per child in the school for each of the first 2 years of a 3 year contract, and £6 per child for the third year. These prices will be held until 1 November 2018
Is StepITS eligible for sports premium funding?
Absolutely, StepITS is designed to get inactive children moving which is line with one of the UK Chief Medical Officer’s key indicators:
the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
Unlike most uses of sports premium funding, StepITS provides actual empirical data to allow you to prove the impact of the intervention
I can get a pedometer for £3 from eBay, why don’t I just do that?
There are 3 reasons why the StepITS programme is hugely superior to cheap pedometers from eBay.
- Studies show that pedometers only have a short term impact on activity unless introduced and managed as part of a comprehensive programme of activities, lessons, challenges and targets. StepITS includes all of this, cheap pedometers don’t.
- One of the biggest barriers to adoption of pedometer based interventions in schools previously is the extra work put onto the teachers to manually record the number of steps, collate it for their class and aggregate it with data from other classes. Without the feedback from seeing results intra-day children lose interest very rapidly. StepITS pedometers use state of the are IoT technology to stream data wirelessly in real time. Teachers do not have to write down any numbers and children can see their live performance on a screen in the classroom (whenever the teacher wants to show them!)
- Pedometers can be hugely distracting in the classroom. Children quickly realise that fidgeting and messing about makes the numbers on their pedometer go up and they start to cheat. Additionally the “reset” button on the pedometer is very tempting, but kills the data. StepITS pedometers have no screens, no buttons and don’t distract the children. They only see their activity when the teacher wants to show them and there’s even a “pause” option for the teacher to stop all data being recorded during lessons where the children need to be sedentary.
What is the research that backs up the claims?
There have been a number of studies of the effectiveness of pedometer based interventions on primary aged children, two excellent examples can be found here (downloads a file):