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Active Lives Children and Young People

What is the Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People?

The Active Lives Survey for Children and Young people was launched in the 2017/2018 academic year. Designed by Sport England, the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for Health (DfH), and the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), its purpose is to gain a detailed insight into the current physical activity habits of the nation's children and young people aged 5 to 16 (school years 1 to 11).

Healthy Schools Rating

The healthy schools rating scheme has been designed to recognise and encourage schools’ contributions to pupils’ health and wellbeing.

It celebrates the positive actions that schools are delivering in terms of healthy eating and physical activity, and aims to help schools identify useful next steps in their provision.

This voluntary scheme is available for both primary and secondary schools. Schools will complete a self-assessment and then receive a rating based on their responses around food education, compliance with the school food standards, time spent on physical education and the promotion of active travel.

Each participating school will receive a report based on their survey answers, and those achieving Gold, Silver or Bronze awards will receive an award. 

If your school is randomly selected to participate by Sport England, Active Black Country will notify you by the start of the term you have been selected to complete the survey in.

Schools can also opt in to be part of the survey. If you would like to be part of the survey please email In both instances Active Black Country will support the school through completing the survey.

The survey is to be completed online at your school and should take each child no longer than 20 mins to complete.

Each school will need to survey one mixed ability class from three different year groups. The classes and years groups are randomly selected using a Sport England formula, which has been tested as part of a pilot programme completed earlier in the year.

For those schools who have classes selected from years 1 and 2, Sport England would also like parents of these children to complete an online survey on their child’s activities. Parental consent will be required as the survey is voluntary giving parents/carers the chance to opt their child out of the survey should they wish.

In addition, one teacher from each school will be required to complete a short 10 to 20 minute questionnaire.

Click here to see the benefits to taking the survey.

Click here to view survey examples and example school reports.

Click here to view the latest figures (2018/19) for the Black Country, released by Sport England, or view the national data from the report here.

You will be told which version of the selection grid you need to use. More details on this can be downloaded below:

Selection Grids


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