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Table 1 iPLAY Intervention Components

From: Scaling-up an efficacious school-based physical activity intervention: Study protocol for the ‘Internet-based Professional Learning to help teachers support Activity in Youth’ (iPLAY) cluster randomized controlled trial and scale-up implementation evaluation

Curricular Components


Implementation Measurement

Quality PE and school sport

 • Teachers will deliver 150 minutes of planned PE or school sport each week.

 • Lessons will be delivered according to the SAAFE principles (Supportive, Active, Autonomous, Fair and Enjoyable).

 • Students will spend >40 % of PE/sport lesson time being physically active (i.e., in MVPA).

 • Classroom teachers will self-report delivery of PE and School Sport on eight occasions during the intervention at the start of each online learning module.

 • Mentors will observe and rate each teacher’s delivery using the SAAFE checklist once during the intervention.

 • Monitored using the class activity tracking system provided to each school.

Classroom movement breaks

 • Teachers will deliver 2 × 3-minute classroom energizer activities per day (30 minutes per week)

 • Teachers will self-report at the start of each of the eight online learning modules.

 • Teachers usage of the video-based classroom movement breaks on the website (resources section) will be monitored.

Physically active homework

 • Teachers will provide one physically active homework activity per week (except in schools that have a ‘no homework’ policy)

 • Teachers will self-report at the start of each of the eight online learning modules.

Non-Curricular Components


Implementation Measurement

Active playgrounds

 • Children will spend >40 % of recess and lunch breaks in MVPA.

 • Leaders will rate via the website their implementation of active playground strategies. Ratings will occur three times during the intervention (during meetings with mentors).

 • Student physical activity during breaks will be measured via accelerometry at each assessment time-point (baseline, 12 months, 24 months), but will not be measured during the intervention.

Community physical activity links

 • Schools will utilize the ‘Sporting Schools’ funding to offer after-school physical activity program at least once per week across two school terms.

 • During the intervention at least one teacher in each school will complete accreditation/training procedures with a recognized sporting body that will allow them to deliver the Sporting Schools’ program in their school.

 • Principals will report on all non-curricular sport and recreation in each school.

 • Teachers will report the sport accreditation/training they complete.

Parent and caregiver engagement

 • Schools will deliver 1 × newsletter item per fortnight, which will include a link to the parent portion of the iPLAY website.

 • Schools will deliver 2 × iPLAY update presentations to parents per year during existing parent-teacher events.

 • Schools will organize one physically active school fundraising event each year.

 • Leaders will record via the website the frequency of newsletter distribution and parent meetings.

 • Parent access to the iPLAY website will be monitored.

 • Leaders will provide evidence of school fundraiser events.

  1. Note: MVPA moderate to vigorous physical activity