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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).

Download the support guides for schools here:

                 Year 1 to 6                                                   Year 7 to 11


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 throughout the year to be part of the survey. If you would like to be part of the survey, please email leah_goode@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk.

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

For secondary schools the survey can also be completed at a pupils home as an additional option to in school. 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. This data informs the Healthy Schools Rating that schools receive as part of the process.

Click here to view the year 1 - 6 school guide

Click here to view the year 7 - 11 school guide

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.


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