Active Lives Survey – Year 4

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Active Lives Survey – Year 4

Posted: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 15:08

Active Lives Survey – Year 4

This September begins the fourth year of Sport England's 'Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People'. The survey has been designed in conjunction with a national panel of schools, the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for Health (DfH), and the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Its purpose is to gain detailed insight into the current physical activity habits of the nation's children and young people (aged 5 to 16).

Given the global pandemic and the day-to-day uncertainty of school-life, Sport England recognises it is an extremely challenging time for schools, school staff, children, young people, and families. This awareness raises the importance of being active for everyone.

The Active Lives Survey (ALS) is an important tool for schools to use, as it provides measures for School Leadership Teams, Governors and for partners such as the CYP Public Health Service and the Mental Health Support Teams, that support the physical health and mental wellbeing of children and young people in Years 1-11. It is the wider value and insight that the ALS brings, which is important to everyone connected with CYP in BCP and Dorset schools.

Every participating school receives a comprehensive report which includes measures of physical activity, inactivity, physical literacy, wellbeing, resilience, and social trust. The reports also include a Healthy Schools Rating from the DfE.

With oversight of ALS data from schools in both BCP and Dorset, Active Dorset can begin to:

  • Understand what physical activity and inactivity looks like for children and young people (CYP) across the county
  • Work collaboratively with partners to implement system change, so that increased numbers of CYP are supported to become more physically active

Open a dialogue with school leaders to improve engagement in physical activity, to positively impact on the long-term health and wellbeing outcomes for all CYP.

For further details about the ALS and to view the list of schools that have been selected to take part in 2020-21, please follow the link below. If you would like 'opt' your school into the survey, please contact Annie Hargreaves in Active Dorset by email:

Tags: Active Lives Survey, Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People, Children and Young People, Sport England

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