In September 2017 Sport England launched the new school-based ‘Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People’ to measure participation in sport and physical activity among children in school years 1 to 11. Replacing the Active People survey, Active Lives is the biggest of its kind and gathers data relating to peoples’ sporting and physical activity habits, swimming ability, wellbeing, volunteering, and even sports spectating. For younger children the questions are appropriately worded and complemented by images to help identify different types of activity, including playground games and active travel.

The Herts Sports Partnership has been tasked with administering the survey within Hertfordshire and, each term, is issued with the list of schools and specific year groups we are required to work with. You can find out if your school is on the current list by contacting us.

Frequently asked questions

How often will schools be randomly selected to take part in the survey?
It is a randomly selected sample so they could be selected at any time, however, once they have agreed to take part and/or completed the survey they will not be selected again in the same academic year. Sport England predict that a school will be randomly selected on average once every three or four years.

What are the incentives for schools?
Sport England offer all schools £100 for completing the survey. In the case of primary schools where a Year 1 or 2 class is selected, Sport England offer an additional £50 for every 5 parents who complete the survey. This acknowledges the extra effort required by primary schools to get parents engaged. There is no cap on the incentive but schools should be aware that only one parent per child should complete the survey.

How else can schools benefit from taking part?
The intention is that the data will provide national, local authority and school level reports on measures of physical activity and health and wellbeing. This will only be possible if enough survey responses are submitted. If your school is selected to take part, it will be vital that the surveys are thoroughly completed in order to achieve this.

Responses can also provide information which will support demonstrating the impact of a school’s use of the PE and Sport Premium, and towards Ofsted reports.

Can my school take part if we are not on the current list? 
Other schools, outside those who are randomly selected, can take part in the survey, however:

  • No cash incentives will be available for these schools although they will receive a school level report that summarises their results.
  • The school should understand that they may be randomly selected at any time and must provide their assurance that, if they take part on an opt-in basis, they will still take part when randomly selected in a subsequent academic year.

We can find out from Sport England if your school is likely to be included the next list.

Read the Active Lives summary document for further information, and the Step by Step Guide for to see how easy it really is!

Shelley Woods
T: 01707 285887