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Active Lives Survey

The Active Lives Survey: Children and Young People provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity.

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 (5 to 16).

How does the survey work?

The survey will be school-based and will cover measures of children’s:

  1. Activity levels
  2. Physical literacy
  3. Swimming proficiency
  4. Well-being
  5. Self-efficacy
  6. Levels of social trust

Each term Sport England provides Active Gloucestershire with a random sample of schools that have been selected to take part in the survey. One class in up to three different year groups will be asked to fill out the questionnaires.

While not all schools will be asked to take part in the survey this academic year, Sport England estimate that schools will be asked to take part every three or four years. They have 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 Gloucestershire will provide schools with everything they need, including templates for letters to parents, information sheets for teachers and pupils, and technical guidance.

Why should my school get involved?

  • Up to a £400 payment for the completion of the survey

  • Access to a detailed report of the schools outcomes on Physical Activity and Health & Wellbeing

  • Insight which will be useful in OFSTED Health & Wellbeing reports

  • Support for reporting impact of the Primary PE & Sport Premium

  • Support for the Healthy Schools Award

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.

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.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Once we have received confirmation that you would like to take part in the Active Lives Survey, we will let you know which year groups have been selected from your school

  2. If you have more than one class per year group, then you’ll need to use the selection grid to help you to determine which class you should select to take part in the survey. We will inform you which of the selection grids you should use.

  3. Download the letter templates for your school - simply add your school letterhead and a contact name for parents to return it to

  4. Set your date(s) to run the survey between now and the end of your selected term

  5. Identify one member of staff to complete the teacher survey

  6. List the names of children whose parents request for them to opt out from taking the survey

  7. Book a computer suite for your survey - the survey is compatible with computers, laptops and tablets

  8. Check that the school system has whitelisted the domain name *.ipsointeractive.com

  9. Test that pupils can easily access the survey

  10. You will be sent the unique URL’s that every class, parent and teacher will need. Please note, if the URL doesn’t work straight away, URLs can be amended so that ‘goo.gl’ is replaced with ‘ipsos.uk’

  11. For the teacher survey, you will be provided with a URN number. You will need this number in order to log in on the first screen

  12. Once all your surveys have been completed, you will need to complete a BACS Form. This form will need to be sent to Sport England, in order to receive your payment

Contact Joe Lynch at Active Gloucestershire for any follow-up advice or delivery support – email Joe