In-situ testing of cardiorespiratory fitness among primary school children


The purpose of this investigation is to test the feasibility of delivering cardiorespiratory fitness testing in a primary school environment.


Previous research has been administered by members of university research teams, and whilst this has provided some indication of the fitness of children, it provides little insight into the feasibility of such testing protocols or of comparative opt-out rates with the current CMP.


In the present investigation, all testing is completed by existing/in-place service delivery staff who are delivering Physical Education (PE) lessons and other extra-curricular physical activities in schools. Children’s cardiorespiratory fitness (CF), measured via the Multi-Stage Fitness Test (validated for use in children), will be assessed at four points through the year; October, February, June, and September.

Research Questions

The following research questions will be addressed:

  • How does cadiorespiratory fitness relate to BMI?
  • How do children’s physical activity habits change throughout the year?
  • What are the effects of the summer break on cadiorespiratory fitness?
  • How do different activities/sports affect cadiorespiratory fitness ?
  • How feasible is the delivery of cadiorespiratory fitness testing within a school?

Insight and Impact

This investigation will inform parents, teachers, Ofsted and Public Health England in relation to the fitness levels of children and the way in which it can be improved and monitored, consequently providing long term benefits to the child. Further, data will act as a benchmark for further investigatory work.