A whole school approach promoting Health Enhancing Physical Activity

HEPA Erasmus+ Sport programme

Project ID: 622854-EPP-1-2020-1-CY-SPO-SCP

Project mission

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To develop this project and achieve its aims transnationally we will enable a resource to be developed across partner countries each with their own cultural and societal challenges to physical activity promotion in young people. Working transnationally we will enable partners to both work and learn across their own country and system borders and we will enable the development of a school-based global resource co-produced between partners and key stakeholders, to address a global issue.


  1. produce a training resource for school based staff (teachers, head teachers, school governors, support staff) to understand its application and connectivity in a school setting

  2. through the implementation of that training resource, draw the four GAPPA objectives together in an applied way, to enable schools to adopt and promote a whole- schools/systems approach to addressing inactivity and HEPA.


•It is evident that school can promote leisure time physical activity but specific actions should be arranged in to order to achieve this.

•These actions involve both the physical education lesson and the other school disciplines as well the overall school structure.

•A whole school approach is needed in order to effectively promote children and adolescents’ physical activity.

•However, so far there is only limited evidence on how this whole school approach should be organised, transferred to school authorities and teachers and, in the end, students, in order to effectively promote physical activity.

Specific objectives

1. Adopt a school-based holistic approach to promote leisure time physical activity by including a wide and diverse group of teachers and relevant stakeholders (i.e., physical education teachers, head teachers, school psychologists, school sociologists, other school support staff as well as educational authorities)

2. Identify the most effective educational materials available, related to health-enhancing physical activity

3. Develop, through co-production, an educational resource to be used by teachers, academics and educational authorities

4. Translate the courses in n=7 languages (Greek/Cypriot, German, English, Welsh, Finnish, French, Italian) to be used across Europe and internationally

5. Provide evidence and practical examples for teachers and relevant stakeholders to incorporate courses regarding health-enhancing physical activity into their educational curricula

6. Provide public education a resource that will provide adequate education on health-enhancing physical activity and can be cultivated across all school subjects

How do we get there?

1.Co-production and collaboration on a transnational level between HEI’s involved in teacher education research related to education of HEPA, physical activity organizations and education authorities and schools in six partner EU countries.

2.Resource materials for education settings (schools, teachers, head teachers, support staff, governors) in a ‘Whole-School/System Approach to promoting HEPA’. This will include five modules which address the four GAPPA Whole Systems Approach objectives ([i] Creating Active Communities, [ii] Creating Active People, [iii] Creating Active Environments, and [iv] Creating Active Systems) and an overarching module that brings the approach together in a school-based setting; [v] Whole Schools Approach).

3.Academic (n=5; articles, papers, conference presentations etc), professional (n=5 report/articles etc), and policy (n=4; code of conduct, policy recommendations etc) outputs related to the learning and products from the project. These outputs will be targeted at other HEIs and educational professionals/professional bodies (teacher organisations) to promote the project and its products, and to further disseminate learning from the whole system approach in a school setting.

4.Multiplier events (n=6) in six countries where the products from the project will be disseminated and subsequently implemented by attendees at the events.

5.Dissemination, through a comprehensive dissemination plan to include social media [twitter, Facebook, Instagram], media clips on YouTube, downloads, press releases, etc), country specific dissemination opportunities, of the projects aims and objectives, and subsequent products on an e-platform for free download in 7 EU languages (Finnish, Greek/Cypriot, English, Welsh, Italian, French and German).


Contact e.papacosta@frederick.ac.cy to get more information about the project