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Congratulations!

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

All the information which you require to facilitate the smooth running of the survey in your school is listed on these pages for you.

Your local contact in Active Dorset for any additional queries is Schools Officer, Annie Hargreaves whom you can contact via ahargreaves@activedorset.org or 01202 458889.

World-Leading Survey

Active Lives: Children and Young People will provide 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!

This new survey follows on from the launch of Sport England's Active Lives: Adult survey in January 2017.

How the Survey Works

School children across England will be asked to take part in the new Active Lives: Children and Young People survey, which sits at the heart of Sport England's vision.

VISION

"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)

Who endorses this Survey and how will it run?

Compiled on behalf of the Department for Education, the Department for Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the survey will run on an annual basis.

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. This will amount to a maximum pupil voice of 10,800 this academic year!

Measuring Activity

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

With a national sample of this size, we will be able to produce some estimates down to local authority level. This means the results will shape and influence local decision-making as well as inform government policy on the Primary PE and Sports Premium, Childhood Obesity Plan Open in a new window and other cross-departmental programmes.

The Survey is Live for 2017-18

The survey is now live, it started on the 4th September 2017. It is anticipated that the first set of baseline results will be available from early 2019.

Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch, says:

"Sport and physical activity have a unique power to bind people together, to help transform people's lives and to strengthen communities. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can help encourage a lifetime of participation."

"Sport England's investment into children and young people will be informed by the data this survey provides."

Further Information

Further information for schools and teachers about the survey.