Active Lives: Children and Young People Survey

SASP are supporting schools across Somerset to collect data for the Active Lives: Children and Young People survey. This survey will provide a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity and 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.

It will give anyone working with children aged 5-16 key insight to help understand children's attitudes and behaviours around sport and activity.


The Active Lives Survey currently measures engagement in sport and physical activity amongst adults aged 16+ across the country. Due to the extension of Sport England's remit to work with children from age 5+, Sport England have been working with the Department for Education, the Department of Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to develop an extension to the Active Lives survey to collect responses from children and young people aged 5-16.

How does the survey work?

Each term Sport England provide SASP with a random sample of schools that have been selected to take part in the survey. One class in up to three different year groups will be asked to fill out the questionnaires.

The survey can be done at any point in the relevant term, depending on what works best for the school involved.

SASP will provide schools with everything they need, including templates for letters to parents, information sheets for teachers and pupils, and technical guidance.

What does the questionnaire involve?

They can be completed on desktop computers, laptops or tablets and take around 20 minutes to fill in. We will also ask one teacher from each school to complete a 10-minute survey to give some broader context to the pupils' responses.

For the youngest pupils in Years 1 and 2, we are also asking parents to fill out a questionnaire to give further information about their child's physical activity behaviours. Some schools may, therefore, be asked to let parents know about this.

What are the benefits to schools?

Each school that takes part will be given a bespoke report from Sport England summarising their own results from the survey. This report 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. These will not be published or used to compare schools, but are purely designed for the benefit of the individual school.

In addition, Sport England are offering each participating school some equipment to thank them for their involvement in the study (equipment brochure below).

Please select the document below to view a mock report.

Documents for Schools

Laura Carter

Laura Carter

Sports Development Officer (Coaching and Volunteering)

01823 653990

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK