Information for schools

Further information for schools and teachers taking part in our children and young people survey

Our new survey – Active Lives Children and Young People  provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. 

It gives anyone working with children aged 5-16 key insight to help understand children's attitudes and behaviours around sport and activity. 

Schoolchildren across England are asked to take part in this survey, which sits at the heart of our vision – that everyone in England, regardless of their age, background and level of ability, should feel able to take part in sport and activity

How does the survey work? 

Schools that are selected to take part are contacted by their local Active Partnership

One class in up to three different year groups are asked to fill out the questionnaires. 

While not all schools will be asked to take part in the survey this academic year, we estimate that schools will be asked to take part every three or four years. 

We've designed the survey to be as easy for schools to administer as possible. The survey can be done at any point in the relevant term, depending on what works best for the school involved. 

Active Partnerships will provide schools with everything they need, including templates for letters to parents, information sheets for teachers and pupils, and technical guidance. 

What does the questionnaire involve? 

The questionnaires have been designed to be simple and enjoyable for pupils to complete and are tailored to different age groups. 

They can be completed on desktop computers, laptops or tablets and take around 20 minutes to fill in. We also ask one teacher from each school to complete a 10-minute survey to give some broader context to the pupils’ responses. 

Each school that takes part will be given a bespoke report summarising their own results from the survey

For the youngest pupils in Years 1 and 2, we are also asking parents to fill out a questionnaire to give further information about their child’s physical activity behaviours. Some schools may, therefore, be asked to let parents know about this. 

What are the benefits to schools? 

Each school that takes part is given a bespoke report summarising their own results from the survey (if at least 30 pupils complete the questionnaire). This report covers measures of children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust. 

The reports give staff evidence and insight into how their school is performing in terms of engaging its pupils in sport and physical activity. These are not published or used to compare schools, but are purely designed for the benefit of the individual school. 

In addition, we offer each participating school at least £100 to thank them for their involvement in the study. 

Completing the survey voluntarily 

As well as providing data for the official statistics via random selection, the survey can be completed voluntarily by schools. 

Schools that ‘opt in’ to the survey do not receive a cash payment for completing it, but do receive a report summarising their survey responses (see “What are the benefits to schools?” above), providing at least 30 pupils complete questionnaires. 

Please contact your local Active Partnership representative to take part. You can find out who your local Active Partnership is here

Find out more 

For further information about participating in the survey, please contact your local Active Partnership.