A new survey to provide a detailed picture of the physical activity habits of children and young people in England has been launched by Sport England.
This new survey reflects one of Sport England’s new ways of working following on from their Towards an Active Nation strategy.
The Active Lives: Children and Young People survey will give anyone working with children aged 5-16 key insight to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and physical activity.
Schoolchildren across England will be asked to take part in this new survey, which sits at the heart of Sport England’s vision that everyone in England, regardless of their age, background and level of ability, should feel able to take part in sport and activity.
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 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.
With a sample of this size, Sport England will be able to produce estimates down to local authority level, meaning 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 and other programmes.
Schools selected to take part in the survey will be contacted by their County Sports Partnership (CSP) and asked to participate. Sport England has designed the survey to be as easy for schools to administer as possible and simple and enjoyable for pupils to complete.
Each school that takes part will be given a bespoke report summarising their own results from the survey, which will cover measures of children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust.
The reports will give staff evidence and insight into how their school is performing in terms of engaging its pupils in sport and physical activity. In addition, Sport England will offer each participating school at least £100 to thank them for their involvement in the study.
Robert Goodwill, Minister of State for Children and Families, said:
“We want to encourage all pupils, regardless of their background, to develop a healthy and active lifestyle and a real and long-lasting love of sport