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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 will give anyone working with children aged 5-16 key insight 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 is now live! It started on the 4th September 2017 and it's anticipated that the first set of baseline results will be available from early 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, 120 schools will be invited to participate in 2017-18, where 40 schools will be randomly selected each term.

The survey will be school-based and will cover measures of children's:

  1. Activity levels
  2. Physical literacy
  3. Swimming proficiency
  4. Well-being
  5. Self-efficacy
  6. 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 January 2019.