Active Lives Survey - Children and Young People

The Active Lives Survey (ALS) for Children and Young people was launched in the 2017/2018 academic year, designed by Sport England, Department for Education (DfE), 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).

Data collected through the process will be used by Sport England and central government to shape and unlock investment in physical activity both nationally and locally for years to come. Sport England has outlined their intentions for the survey to inform the Childhood Obesity Plan, Primary PE and Sports Premium, and other departmental programmes in the near future.

The survey is being distributed to primary and secondary schools across England by the Active Partnership Network, of which we are a part of. Schools are randomly selected by Ipsos Mori and locally, there are 6-8 schools selected per local authority each term. Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire will be on hand to support participating schools throughout the process.

The survey itself involves one randomly selected class from three different year groups, completing a 20 minute online survey. Questions are focused around their current activity, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust of all children currently in education.

A reward of multi-skills sports equipment equating to a minimum of £100 will be given to participating schools who meet the criteria of completing at least 30 responses, as well as a bespoke report detailing their pupils' engagement in and attitudes towards physical activity, both in and outside of the school setting. In order to qualify for the incentives (vouchers, report and Healthy Schools Rating) schools will need to obtain a minimum of 30 pupil responses per age group selected and complete one teacher survey. It is advised that schools use this information to shape and inform their own PE delivery as well as their Primary PE Sports Premium expenditure if applicable. Schools will also be able to receive a Healthy Schools Rating with certificate.

Healthy Schools Rating Scheme

The Department of Education have recently launched the new Healthy Schools Rating Scheme which has been designed to recognise and encourage schools contributions to pupils' health and wellbeing. A healthy schools rating can be attained via the teacher survey which is administered within the Active Lives Survey. Questions are asked in a self-assessment format and are based around the promotion of active travel, time spent on physical education, compliance with school food standards and food education. Schools will the be given a bronze, silver or gold rating based on their answers.

This Healthy Schools Rating and certificate will be provided at the same time as the bespoke report.

Survey Updates Due to COVID-19:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused unprecedented disruption to all our lives and at this difficult time it is right that we prioritise those things that are most important. We understand that the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey is not a priority for everyone right now. However, by completing it at this exceptional time, you will help to build a picture of the impact COVID-19 is having on children and young people's lives, their ability to stay active, and overall wellbeing. This provides us a unique opportunity to understand the impact directly to children and young people and the information used to ensure the right opportunities and support can be provided as we emerge from the current situation. Please note the survey cannot be completed at home, if classes selected are self-isolating and are unable to complete the survey please contact Amy Ruffell-Hazell using the details below.

Schools Selected for the Spring Term 2020-21:

1Alvechurch CofE Middle School
2Belbroughton CofE Primary School
3Clent Parochial Primary School
4Coppice Primary School
5Hagley Catholic High School
6Hagley Primary School
7Millfields First School
8Romsley St Kenelm's CofE Primary School
9St John's CofE Middle School
10Waseley Hills High School
1Aylestone High School
2Clehonger CofE Primary School
3Gorsley Goffs Primary School
4Holmer CofE Academy
5John Kyrle High School & Sixth Form
6John Masefield High School
7Lady Hawkins' School
8Leominster Primary School
9Marlbrook Primary School
10Peterchurch Primary School
Malvern Hills
1Bayton CofE Primary School
2Castlemorton CofE Primary School
3Dyson Perrins CofE Academy
4Grove Primary School
5Hanley Castle High School
1Arrow Vle RSA Academy
2Matchborough First School Academy
3St Luke's CofE First School
4The Vaynor First School
5Trinity High School & Sixth Form Centre
6Tudor Grange Academy Redditch
7Webheath Academy Primary School
Worcester City
1Bishop Perowne CofE College
2Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
3Nunnery Wood Primary School
4Royal Grammar School Worcester
5St Clement's CofE Primary School
6St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
1Blackminster Middle School
2Bretforton Village School
3St Nicholas' CofE Middle School
4The De Montfort School
5Westacre Middle School
Wyre Forest
1Chaddesley Corebett Endowned Primary School
2Holy Trinity School
3King Charles I School
4Lickhill Primary School
5Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy

Amy Ruffell-Hazell

Project Officer (Children and Young People) - Maternity Cover

  • School Games Operations
  • Active Lives Survey (CYP lead)
  • Campaign Support
  • Sports Equipment
  • Satellite Clubs
01905 542035
07766 611946