Frequently asked questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about the children and young people's active lives survey. If you have a question that isn't on here, please get in touch with Annabel (contact details at the end of the page).

Taking part in the survey

Where do I find the link to complete the survey?

SASP will send you individual URL links to access the survey. Each URL is unique to each class.

How do I take the survey and how long will it take?

All surveys can be completed on a laptop, desktop computer, smartphone or tablet that has access to the internet. All surveys take 15-20 minutes to complete. Pupil surveys can be completed during the school day or at home, in one sitting only. If teachers are unable to complete the teacher survey in one sitting, their answers will be saved until the next time they log in.

My school hasn’t been selected to take part, can we still participate?

If your school has not been selected to take part but would like to participate, please contact Annabel Litchfield on

Where can I get support to encourage parents to complete the survey?

Sport England have produced a guide for schools relating to parent surveys, and template letters to parents which you can adapt to send to parents.

These can be found on our Active Lives Survey Resources page.

Types of questions asked

I am a teacher, what kind of questions will I be asked?

The teacher survey provides context for pupils' responses and reduces the need to ask children questions that can be answered once by a teacher, e.g. questions that are common to the school. Answers will be included in the School Report and used to generate a Healthy Schools Rating.

Sport England have produced an example questionnaire to give teachers an idea of the types of questions they may expect when completing a survey. You can access this by clicking here.

What types of questions will parents be asked?

The teacher questionnaire is designed to gather information about the sports and physical activities children take part in, both in and out of school.

Example questions can be found on our Active Lives Resources page.

What types of questions will pupils be asked?

The survey asks questions which cover measures of children's activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, well-being, self-efficacy, and levels of social trust.

Sport England have produced some example questionnaires to show what types of questions may be asked. These are accessible through our Active Lives Resources page.

Benefits to taking part

What is the minimum number of responses needed for a school level report?

The threshold of pupil responses is 30 per class. The incentive payment will be made in any case if completed by the deadline given.

When will my school receive our School Report?

School reports will be sent out (by Ipsos MORI) direct to the school the term following completion of the survey, just before half term. Sport England will send out small school reports directly to schools, the term after completion of the survey.

Annabel Litchfield (she/her)

Annabel Litchfield (she/her)

Impact & Learning Manager

07599 654681​

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