If you have been randomly selected to participate in the Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People, congratulations!
Your local contact in Northumberland Sport for any queries is Amy Scott (Children & Young People Development Worker) whom you can contact via email@example.com or 01670 624767.
Active Lives: Children and Young People will provide a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity.
It will give anyone working with children aged 5-16 key insight to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and physical activity. Sport England’s aim is for children and young people to feel more motivated, confident and able to get active!
How the Survey Works
School children across England will be asked to take part in the new Active Lives: Children and Young People survey, which sits at the heart of Sport England’s vision.
“We want everyone in England, regardless of their age, background and level of ability, to feel able to take part in sport and activity. Our aim is for children and young people to feel more motivated, confident and able to get active – which will also increase the likelihood of being active later in life. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can help encourage a lifetime of participation!” (Tracey Crouch, Sports Minister)
Who endorses this Survey and how will it run?
Compiled on behalf of the Department for Education, the Department for Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the survey will run on an annual basis.
Each term, a number of schools in England will be randomly selected to take part in the survey, with the aim of getting 100,000 children and young people in Years 1 to 11 to complete it each academic year.
The survey will cover measures of children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust. It will be a school-based survey.
With a national sample of this size, we will be able to produce some estimates down to local authority level. This means the results will shape and influence local decision-making as well as inform government policy on the Primary PE and Sports Premium, Childhood Obesity Plan and other cross-departmental programmes.
Survey Results So Far
The survey started on the 4th September 2017 and the first national report for the 2017/18 academic year has been published. The survey shows that around 3 million children (43.3%) lead active lives, however of that group, only 1.2 million (17.5%) are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of more than 60 minutes of activity a day, every day of the week.
Download the Active Lives Children Survey 2017/18 Report.
Further information for schools is available on the Sport England website.