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. Below is the current term’s schools:
Summer Term school lists
|Primary||Secondary / Independent|
|Hurst Drive Primary School||Cheshunt School|
|Wormley Primary School||Robert Barclay Academy
|St Cross Catholic Primary School||Ashlyns School|
|Micklem Primary School||Longdean School|
|Brockswood Primary School||Tring School
|Holtsmere End Infant and Nursery School||The Bishop's Stortford High School|
|Reedings Junior School||Presdales School
|Mill Mead Primary School||The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College
|Hertford St Andrew C of E Primary School||Queens' School
|Holwell Primary School||Bushey Meads School
|Bushey Manor Junior School||Roysia Middle School|
|Newberries Primary School||The Greneway School|
|Pope Paul Catholic Primary School||Hitchin Boys' School|
|Birchwood Avenue Primary School||Townsend C of E School
|Whitehill Junior School||Sandringham School
|Mary Exton Primary School||Loreto College
|St Mary Roman Catholic Primary School||The Nobel School|
|Manland Primary School||The John Henry Newman Catholic School|
|Beech Hyde Primary School and Nursery||Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School|
|Prae Wood Primary School||The Reach Free School
|Brookmans Park Primary School||Francis Combe Academy|
|Ashtree Primary School and Nursery||Chancellor's School|
|The Leys Primary and Nursery School||Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School|
|Featherstone Wood Primary School||St Margaret's School|
|Malvern Way Infant and Nursery School||St Columba's College|
|St Meryl School||St Edmund's College|
|Oxhey Wood Primary School||The Sele School|
|Kingsway Junior School|
|Cherry Tree Primary School|
|The Grove Academy|
|Edwinstree CofE Middle School|
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; this includes more than once in an academic year, or in consecutive academic years.
What are the incentives for schools?
As of 10 January, Sport England have changed the incentive package to a sports equipment scheme. Schools will receive 10 credits as standard, and another 5 credits per five parents who complete the survey. These credits will enable schools to purchase equipment from the ESPO brochure.
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.
Tanya Angus and Alex Varran – Herts Sports Partnership Education Team