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, well being, 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 Active Lives Children and Young People survey within Hertfordshire and is issued with the list of schools and specific year groups we are required to work with each term. Below is the current term’s schools:

Summer Term 2020 school lists
PrimarySecondary / Independent
Brookland Infant & NurseryThe John Warner School
Swing Gate Infant & NurserySt Margaret's School
Kings Langley PrimaryBarnwell School
Fawbert & Barnard InfantsSt George's School
Morgans PrimaryThe Reach Free School
Lime Walk PrimaryThe John Henry Newman Catholic School
Little Reddings Primary
Potten End CofE Primary School
Ashtree Primary
Beechwood Primary School
Featherstone Wood Primary
Hammond Academy
Creswick Primary & Nursery
Reedings Junior
Welwyn St Mary
Furneux Pelham C of E
All Saints Church of England Primary
Greenfields Primary
St Nicholas Elstree Church of England
Watford Field School (Infants & Nursery)
St Margaret's School
Colney Heath JMI
High Beeches
Trotts Hill Primary and Nursery
St Mary's Church of England Primary
The Grove Academy

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?
School will be rewarded for completing the survey in the form of credits for equipment. These credits will enable schools to purchase equipment from the ESPO brochure. Sport England will also provide each school with a bespoke report outlining their results, which may also contribute to use of the PE Primary Premium and Ofsted inspection data as well as the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme that recognises and encourages your schools contribution to supporting pupils’ health and well being.

View the ESPO brochure

View the Y3-6 Active Lives template school report

View the Y7-11 Active Lives template school report

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 well being. This will only be possible if enough survey responses are submitted. If your school is selected to take part, it is vital that the surveys are thoroughly completed in order to achieve this.

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, but 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