Our new survey – 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 activity.
Schoolchildren across England will be asked to take part in this new 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 will be contacted by their local county sports partnership (CSP).
One class in up to three different year groups will be asked to fill out the questionnaires.
This new survey offers a fantastic opportunity for schools to better understand how their pupils enjoy sport or physical activity
Robert Goodwill, Minister for Children and Families
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.
CSPs 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 will 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 will be given a bespoke report summarising their own results from the survey (if at least 30 pupils complete the questionnaire). This report will cover measures of children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust.
The reports will give staff evidence and insight into how their school is performing in terms of engaging its pupils in sport and physical activity. These will not be published or used to compare schools, but are purely designed for the benefit of the individual school.
In addition, we will offer each participating school at least £100 to thank them for their involvement in the study.
Robert Goodwill, minister for children and families, says: “This new 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 sports provision benefits young people and develop it further so more people have the opportunity physically active and enjoy sport.”
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 will not receive a cash payment for completing it but will 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 County Sports Partnership representative to take part. You can find out who your CSP is by visiting: www.cspnetwork.org/your-csp.
Find out more
For further information about participating in the survey, please contact your CSP. You can find out who your CSP is by visiting: www.cspnetwork.org/your-csp.