Impact Report of Take Five at school at Springfield Primary School, Belfast.

"Take Five is now an integral part of the Springfield Primary School Timetable as a whole. It is just as important as Numeracy and Literacy and in fact permeates through the life of the school. At Springfield, we have noticed a calmer environment since the implementation of Take Five and that pupils now have skills and arsenal to help them when they are feeling anxious or stressed. Take Five has not only made a difference in the lives of the children but also with staff. Some staff members have even reported using Take 5 out of school to help them with their everyday stresses."
Mr Osbourne, Principal, Springfield Primary School.

The report shares and celebrates the children and staff at Springfield Primary School, west Belfast, and their Take Five at School Journey undertaken in 2019.

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Impact Report of Take Five at school at Springfield Primary School, Belfast.

Springfield Primary School began their journey in early March 2019 when Each Amazing Breath trained two staff to be Take Five Champions. The Champions went on to train staff and children across the school and by May the school began to work with us to evaluate the impact of the programme

This work, funded by Belfast City Council: Belfast Health Development Unit, summaries the qualitative feedback from children and staff on the benefits of Take Five through film, as well as a comprehensive quantitative analysis carried out by external evaluator, Junction Point.

The report provides the reader with tangible examples of how the children are growing in their sense of personal capacity and wellbeing, as well as evidence of sustainable whole school impact through the professional views of the staff and the richness of the quantitative data collected and analysed.

Children from 2 classes were evaluated and found that P4 children:

- Impact on how positive they feel about themselves - e.g. An Average whole class increase of 6% pre to post practice

- Impact on how able they feel to adapt to unexpected change - e.g. An Average whole class increase of 9% pre to post practice

- Impact on how positive they feel about life – e.g. An Average whole class increase of 6% pre to post practice

And that P6 children:

- Impact on stress in the body – e.g. An Average whole class decrease of 14% pre to post practice

- Impact on how calm they felt – e.g. An Average whole class increase of 21% pre to post practice

- Impact on their ability to concentrate – e.g. An Average whole class increase of 15% pre to post practice

Within all this data, the external evaluator, Junction Point, discovered that Low Pre-Practice Self Scorers (LPPSS) saw the biggest impacts in these areas, for example:

- Impact on ability to concentrate – e.g. An average LPPSS increase of 33% pre to post practice in P6

- Impact on stress in the body – e.g. An Average LPPSS reduction of 36% pre to post practice in Year Five and 34% in P6

- Impact on how positive they feel about themselves - e.g. An Average LPPSS increase of 36% pre to post practice in P4

- Impact on how able they feel to adapt to unexpected change - e.g. An Average LPPSS increase of 35% pre to post practice in P4

- Impact on how calm they felt – e.g. An average LPPSS increase of 48% pre to post practice in P6

Contained within the report is an explanation of the meaning of LPPSS and how Low Pre-Practice Self Scorers are identified. The report summarises statistical data, which are the findings of a five and six-week quantitative study in two classes at the school.

Also included in the report are: in-depth explanations of methodology and rationale for the quantitative research, background to Each Amazing Breath and the Take Five at School Programme, inspiring words from Mr Osbourne, Principal at Springfield School and comments from 2 class teachers on the impact of Take Five on their classes.

We are confident that any reader will be inspired by the impact of Take Five at this amazing school. The full report can be downloaded at the top of this page.

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