The HOTS (Hold on to Sports) project, run by London charity Together We Create this week publishes a research paper which finds the impact on learning and interest in sports across the London Borough of Hounslow has exceeded all expectations. In addition, perhaps the most impressive outcomes were to do with motivation, self esteem and impact on team spirit in a completely inclusive environment, which built up over the three years. Some of the key findings are detailed below.
With the London 2012 Olympic Games for inspiration, the HOTS project has brought inspiration to over 6,000 young people from across the London Borough of Hounslow by learning from peers and sports professionals across its three year programme. Creating an opportunity for young people to experiment and take risks, to try new ways to express oneself creatively regardless of age, physical and mental ability or experience, and resulting in tangible outcomes. One teacher comments, “Best motivational topic ever done… covering ICT, speaking and listening, presentation and co-operation far better than anything else…”
Since the project, two schools have now integrated the HOTs programme into their curriculum and the interest in sports, the shift in pedagogic thinking and use of ICT in the classroom is a lasting legacy of the project. As a teacher from Springwell Junior School explains, “This is without doubt a learning initiative that has had more impact on learning than any other I have ever taken part in… there was a real buzz in the classroom with full on learning involving organisational skills, multi tasking and deadlines.”
- There is good evidence of substantial value added gains in English and ICT
- There is good evidence of a substantial shift in interest from a sport-based computer game to participation in real sports in schools and leisure centres.
- There is good evidence that the young people have learned new skills – teamwork, leadership, responsibility and self-direction
- Information Technology – there are demonstrable significant gains in ICT confidence and expertise, for example: podcasting, green screening, filming and editing, web page development, use of forums to share ideas; creative use of PowerPoint and use of Web 2.0 tools to upload creative work and to find and download free software to create the work.
- Involvement in the HOTs resulted in a number of schools discovering new interest in sports, and offered the opportunity to champion pupils already pursuing sports at a competitive level.
- Enabling diversity – enabling for example, a school for severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties to take part and work alongside a gifted and talented group of individuals
As part of the project, Dr Jo Armitage carried out a research study interviewing all participants both teachers and youth works and also the young people participating on the programme.
The positive outcomes will now act as a legacy in the schools and youth centres as the teachers and youth workers continue with the programme, impacting on their approaches to teaching and learning.
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