Table 2

Summary of the characteristics of schools in difference break time policy groups.

Number (%) or mean (SD)


Indoor PA allowed

No indoor PA allowed

Allowed outside

All


Number of schools

7 (7.8%)

72 (80.0%)

11 (12.2%)

90

Number of participants

134 (7.5%)

1484 (82.7%)

176 (9.8%)

1794

Number of days

443 (7.0%)

5249 (82.9%)

642 (10.1%)

6334

Length of lunch break (minutes)

60.0 (0.0)

58.3 (6.5)

54.5 (11.1)

57.9 (7.0)

Number of pupils in year groupa

46.4 (26.7)

38.9 (26)

32.8 (27.2)

38.8 (26.5)

School has access to an separate gymb

6 (85.7%)

44 (61.1%)

6 (54.6%)

56 (62.2%)

Playground area (m2 per child)c

74.2 (61)

60.1 (42.7)

58.6 (51.3)

61.0 (14.3)

% pupils eligible for free school mealsd

20.1 (16)

11 (11.3)

16.8 (15.6)

12.9 (12.7)

School IMD scoree

23.0 (13.9)

15.2 (10.2)

21.1 (12.5)

16.5 (11.0)


a The number of pupils in Year 4 in 2005/2006. Information provided by Norfolk Local Education Authority

b Number of schools answering 'yes' to the question Does your school have access to a specific hall for gym or sports (indoors)?

c Playground area (area in which Year 5 children are allowed to play in on a fine day in the summer) indicated on a map by head teacher, and area calculated in a GIS

d Free school meals are available to children from low-income families

e Index of Multiple Deprivation score 2007 for the lower super output area the school falls within.

Harrison et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011 8:47   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-47

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