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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.

It has been designed to provide insight to anyone working with children aged 5-16, to help understand children's attitudes and behaviours around sport and physical activity. Sport England's aim is for children and young people to feel more motivated, confident and able to get active!

The survey started in September last year, and it's anticipated that the first national set of baseline results will be available from January 2019.

Measuring Activity

Each term, a number of schools in England will be randomly selected to take part in the survey, with the aim of getting 100,000 children and young people in Years 1 to 11 to complete it each academic year.

In Dorset, 144 schools will invited to participate in 2018-19, where 49 schools will be randomly selected in the autumn term. School are also able to 'top up' their classes to include all children in the school to access the survey.

The survey will be school-based and will cover measures of children's activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, well-being, self-efficacy and levels of social trust.

All schools will receive a *bespoke report from Sport England about their pupils and it only takes 20 minutes per person to answer the on-line survey! The results will shape and influence local decision-making as well as inform government policy. The first national data will be published in December 2018.

*Please go to the downloads section to view Sport England examples of school reports - they are well worth a look!