Desk cycle study

In this innovation evaluation, Crescent Academy will evaluate whether having access to a desk cycle reduces levels of hyperactivity in Year 5 and 6 pupils with high prior levels of hyperactivity (rated by teachers) and helps them to focus more in lessons, leading to an improvement in maths attainment.


UK classrooms are becoming increasingly sedentary. From a health point of view this is a very worrying trend, particularly in Stoke-on-Trent where health indices are well below the national average. There is also a proven link between exercise and fitness levels with attainment and again the attainment of children in Stoke-on-Trent is below the national average. Some children find it difficult to remain sedentary in a classroom for any length of time. They lose focus and concentration, take longer to complete tasks and can disturb other pupils.


A desk cycle will be placed under the desk of children with high levels of hyperactivity (rated by teachers) for a period of 15 weeks. These children will have access to the cycle throughout the morning and can decide how they would like to use the cycles (continuous cycling or when they choose to pedal).

Lead school

  • Crescent Academy, Stoke-on-Trent

Schools Involved

  • Crescent Academy, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Moorpark Junior School, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sandford Hill Primary, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Star Academy, Stoke-on-Trent


  • 9 months – report due September 2018

Download the protocol documnent