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Table 2 Characteristics of program and control schools at baseline and respondents at 24 months

From: Scale-up of the Physical Activity 4 Everyone (PA4E1) intervention in secondary schools: 24-month implementation and cost outcomes from a cluster randomised controlled trial

Characteristic Description Program (n = 24)
n
Control (n = 25)
n
School Characteristics
Secondary school in eligible Local Health Districts All eligible Local Health Districts 24 25
- Central Coast 2 3
- Hunter New England 13 12
- Mid North Coast 5 6
- South Western Sydney 4 4
School sector Government 19 21
Catholic 5 4
Remoteness Major Cities 11 13
Inner Regional 9 10
Outer Regional/Remote 4 2
School socioeconomic status
(SEIFA)
Decile 1
(Most disadvantaged in State)
8 9
Decile 2 7 3
Decile 3 2 5
Decile 4 6 6
Decile 5 1 2
School size (total enrolments) Small (< 400) 2 2
Medium (400–800) 8 17
Large (> 800) 14 6
Grade 7 sizea Small (< 65) 3 3
Medium (65–135) 7 14
Large (> 135) 14 8
Total Students 3539 2937
Female enrolments < 30% 0 1
30–40% 0 0
41–50% 11 15
51–60% 6 5
100% (female only schools) 2 0
Indigenous enrolments < 10% 12 10
> = 10% 12 15
- 10–24% 8 14
- 25–49% 4 1
Language background other than English < 10% 19 22
> = 10% 5 3
- 10–24% 1 0
- 25–49% 0 0
- 50–74% 1 2
- > = 75% 3 1
PDHPE faculty size 1–4 FTE (3–12 staff) 5 6
5–8 FTE (4–13 staff) 16 17
9–13 FTE (9–15 staff) 3 2
Respondent (Head PE teacher or delegate)   Baseline 12 months 24 months Baseline 12 months 24 months
  Gender
- Male 16 14 12 16 15 15
- Female 8 10 11 9 10 10
PDHPE trained
- Yes 24 24 23 25 25 25
Years of teaching experience
- < 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
- 1 to 5 3 1 2 0 0 2
- 6 to 10 6 7 7 4 7 5
- 11 to 15 1 4 3 6 7 8
- 16 to 20 5 3 5 5 4 4
- > 21 9 8 6 10 7 6
Years teaching PDHPE at current school
- New in that year 2 1 3 2 1 5
- < 3 0 3 2 2 3 2
- 3 to 5 4 3 3 3 3 4
- > 5 18 17 15 18 18 14
  1. PA4E1 is a whole-school program for students in all grades. For a detailed description of the seven program practices (i.e. evidence-based intervention), see Supplementary File 4
  2. Abbreviations: PDHPE Personal development, health and physical education, PE Physical Education, SEIFA Index of relative Socio-economic disadvantage via school suburb
  3. a“Grade 7 size” included in the table because two of the curriculum physical activity practices targeted Grade 7 students as the key target group. The student level evaluation was also conducted in student in Grade 7