Active Lives: Children and Young People Survey

The page details all the guidance and resources your school needs to complete the Active Lives Survey, and the latest results.

What is the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey?

The Active Lives Survey gathers information on how children across England engage with sport and physical activity. The survey is school-based and covers measures of children's activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, well-being, self-efficacy, and levels of social trust.

Sport England aims to survey 100,000 children and young people in Years 1 to 11 each academic year, of which 1,200 are from Somerset.

Benefits of completing the survey

One survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, but the results can influence local decision-making and government policy.

Schools who are randomly selected to participate will receive:

Completing the survey

SASP are responsible for providing ongoing support to each school in Somerset who have been randomly selected by Sport England to participate in the Survey. You can view the list of schools who have been selected for the current term (term 2) here.

Typically, a school will be invited to survey 2/3 individual classes in the school, and one teacher. The responses from the teacher survey will be used to calculate the Healthy Schools Rating. For younger pupils in years 1/2, parents may also be asked to complete a questionnaire. For each complete parent questionnaire you have the chance to gain 1 extra credit (worth £10) towards sports equipment.

Sport England have created the following two guides to support schools who have been selected to participate. They provide an overview of the steps involved to complete your survey, give more detail about incentives available, and provide key documents including example school reports and questionnaires to give you an idea of what to expect.

Schools participating in the 2023 Spring Term Active Lives Survey

Each term, Sport England provide SASP with a random sample of schools that have been selected to take part. Within that school there will be up to three year groups selected. Check to see whether your school is on the list here:

Opting in to Complete the Survey

If your school is not randomly selected to participate, you can opt-in to complete the survey voluntarily. Schools who choose to opt-in are not eligible to receive credits for sports equipment, but they will receive a report summarising survey responses (if enough responses are received) and a Healthy Schools Rating (if the teacher survey is completed). To find out more about opting in, please contact Annabel Litchfield at

Thank you

Thank you to all the schools who took part in the Active Lives Survey during the 2022-23 Academic Year, including:

  • All Saints Church School
  • Ansford Academy
  • Avanti Park School
  • Berrow Church of England Primary School
  • Brymore Academy
  • Buckland St Mary Church of England Primary School
  • Castle Primary School
  • Danesfield Church of England Voluntary Controlled Community Middle School
  • Fairlands Middle School
  • Greenfylde Church of England First School
  • Holway Park Community Primary School
  • Holy Trinity Church School
  • Holyrood Academy
  • Huish Episcopi Academy
  • Huish Episcopi Primary School
  • King Arthur's School
  • Kingfisher Primary School
  • King's Bruton
  • Millfield Preparatory School
  • North Town Academy
  • Oakhill Church School
  • Parkfield Primary School
  • Preston CofE Primary School
  • Puriton Primary School
  • Selwood Academy
  • Somerset Bridge Primary School
  • St George's Catholic School
  • St Mary's Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School
  • The King Alfred School an Academy
  • Wadham School
  • West Monkton Church of England School


If you would like to find out more information, please head over to our supporting resources and guidance page. We also have a some answers to frequently asked questions about the Active Lives Survey in our FAQs.

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
    Somerset Partnership
    Somerset County Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • Homes in Sedgemoor
    Macmillan Cancer Support
    Community Council for Somerset
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
  • EDF
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
  • Somerset FA
    British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
  • Channel Adventure
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Sports Coach UK