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Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People
World-Leading Survey

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.

Who endorses this Survey?

The survey is being compiled on behalf of the Department for Education, the Department for Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


"We want everyone in England, regardless of their age, background and level of ability, to feel able to take part in sport and activity. Our aim is for children and young people to feel more motivated, confident and able to get active – which will also increase the likelihood of being active later in life. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can help encourage a lifetime of participation!" (Tracey Crouch, Sports Minister)

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.

Your School has been Selected!

If you have been randomly selected to participate in this term's Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People, congratulations!

Please read below to access all of the information which you require to facilitate the smooth running of a survey in your school. Steps 1, 2 and 4 are generic but Step 3 will direct you to a specific page for the information and downloads needed for the term you have been selected for.

Your local contact in Active Dorset is Schools Officer and Primary PE and School Sport Premium Lead, Annie Hargreaves. If you need any guidance or support with your survey, feel free to get in touch via ahargreaves@activedorset.org or 01202 458889.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Successful Survey

Step 1

Take a moment to view what the survey will actually look like for your classes.

Simply click on the following three test sites which Sport England have created for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stages 3&4 combined.

In addition, see below to download word versions of the surveys.

Step 2

  1. Open the school checklist (see document 1 below) from Sport England - this lists your key tasks.
  2. Determine which year groups have been selected for your school.
  3. If you have more than one class per year group, then you'll need to use a selection grid to help you determine which class you work with from each year. Your school has been allocated one of 10 different selection grids.
  4. Download the letter templates for your school - simply add your school letterhead and a contact name for parents to return it to.
  5. Set your date(s) to run the survey between now and the end of your selected term.
  6. Inform Active Dorset of your survey date(s) - by half term if possible.
  7. Identify one member of staff to complete the teacher survey.
  8. List the names of children whose parents request for them to opt out from taking the survey.
  9. Book a computer suite for your survey - the survey is compatible with computers, lap tops and tablets.
  10. Check that the school system has whitelisted the domain name *.ipsointeractive.com
  11. Test that pupils can easily access the survey.
  12. Locate the URL's that every class, parent and teacher will need from the URL document. Please note, if the URL doesn't work straight away, URLs can be amended so that 'goo.gl' is replaced with 'ipsos.uk'
  13. For the teacher survey, use the school's URN as a password, to help log in on the first screen.
  14. Once the survey is complete, download the BACS Form (see document 2 at the bottom of the page) and submit it to Sport England to receive your payment of £100+
  15. Contact Annie Hargreaves in Active Dorset for any follow-up advice or delivery support - ahargreaves@activedorset.org

Step 3

Click on one of the images below for Autumn 2017, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 to access the following information / key documents for your school:

  1. List of Selected Schools
  2. Class Selection Grid Template
  3. Pupil Survey Information
  4. Teacher Survey Information
  5. Letter Templates for parents
  6. School URL's for the survey
  7. Sport England Logo

Step 4

After the survey is complete, please download the BACS form and submit it to Sport England for payment.

All schools will receive a baseline amount of £100 for participating in the survey and there is additional funding for primary schools with selected Year 1 or 2 classes.

Acknowledging the challenge of getting Key Stage 1 parents to complete the questionnaire, primary schools with selected Year 1 or 2 classes are eligible for an extra £50 for every 5 parents that complete the survey.

Please see below for details:

Number of Parent Responses

Additional Funding for Schools with Year 1&2

Overall Total to the school (including the baseline)

5 parent responses



10 parent responses



15 parent responses



20 parent responses



25 parent responses



30 parent responses



FAQ's - To follow soon...