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Active Lives Survey

Actives Lives Children and Young People Survey

Sport England launched the school-based Active Lives Children and Young People Survey in September 2017 to measure engagement in, and attitudes to, sport and physical activity among children and young people in school Years 1-11.

The Survey is being run by Sport England in partnership with the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Who are Sport England and what do they do?

Sport England is an insight led organisation tasked with the behavioural challenge of getting more people active. In order to create the right conditions to increase participation, to decide who we invest in and to understand how sport can deliver wider objectives, Sport England needs a broad and deep understanding of participation in, and attitudes towards, sport and physical activity.

What will the data from the survey be used for?

The data from the Survey will be used to inform policy on the Childhood Obesity Plan and also support other governmental departments by helping inform programmes such as the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Bikeability programme to encourage cycling and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) 25 year plan for the environment.

What role do Living Sport play as a County Sports Partnership (CSP)?

CSPs play a key role and act as the main point of contact for schools regarding the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey. Their role encompasses:
• Making contact with each randomly selected school to explain the purpose of the Survey and secure the school’s agreement to take part;
• Randomly selecting classes within the school to complete the Survey and agree the date that the school will complete the Survey (at any point within the given term);
• Sending out of the information each school needs to administer the Survey;
• Chasing schools where necessary or follow up in the case of partial completion; and
• Where requested by schools, providing signposting and/or guidance to other opportunities for their sport and physical activity offer.


The relevant Government departments, as well as Sport England, have provided the following support statements for the Survey.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

“Your school’s participation is important in helping us to understand how children engage with sport and physical activity, and the data we gather will play a key role in informing future policy and funding decisions. We are committed to ensuring that all children and young people, particularly those who are currently the least active or from under-represented groups, have the best opportunities to engage in sport and physical activity. Sport and physical activity have a unique power to bind people together, to help transform people’s lives and to strengthen communities. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can help encourage a lifetime of participation.”

Department for Education (DfE)
“We want to encourage all pupils, regardless of their background, to develop healthy and active lifestyles. The Active Lives: Children and Young People Survey offers a fantastic opportunity for schools to better understand how their pupils enjoy sport or physical activity. Teachers and school leaders will also be able to see how their provision benefits young people and develop it further, so more pupils have the opportunity to be physically active and enjoy sport.”

Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC)
“Regular physical activity is associated with a number of benefits that are crucial for a child’s development in their formative years, including improved physical and mental wellbeing and even academic achievement. We want all children to have the opportunity to realise these benefits, but we know that the majority do not reach the recommended levels of activity.”

“The Chief Medical Officer recommends all school-aged children get at least 60 minutes of regular physical activity per day, but we know roughly only 1 in 5 achieve this. Schools have an important role to play and should aim to ensure all children are getting at least 30 minutes of the overall recommendation during the school day. This Survey is an important tool to help us understand more how children are engaging in sport and physical activity so we can support schools, parents, and those with caring responsibilities.”

Sport England
“Active Lives: Children and Young People is a Government study being run by Sport England and was developed with the Department for Education, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.”

More information on the survey can be found on the Sport England website: https://www.sportengland.org/research/active-lives-children-and-young-people/

Active Lives – Year 2 Selected Schools – Here is a breakdown of all the schools selected for Year 2.

Active Lives – Powerpoint – This PowerPoint will show you the breakdown of the whole process.

Below are examples of the surveys provided by Sport England.

Year 1-2 Questionnaire Summary

Year 3-6 Questionnaire Summary

Year 7-11 Questionnaire Summary

Here are our Active Lives – FAQ’s.

For more information on the  Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, please contact Jayne Thacker on 01487 841559 or jayne.thacker@livingsport.co.uk.

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