active lives

Understanding the Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People

World-leading survey reveals insight into activity levels of children and young people in England

Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey shows that around 3 million children (43.3%) lead active lives, however of that group, only 1.2 million (17.5%) are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of more than 60 minutes of activity a day, every day of the week. The survey is the largest ever of its kind and gives comprehensive insight into how children in England are taking part in sport and physical activity, both in and out of school.

Figures also show that more than 2.3 million children and young people (32.9%) are less active, meaning they do fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

In Devon over 46% lead actives lives with approximately 17% of children and young people meeting the CMO guidelines. The team at Active Devon are currently working on a detailed overview of the picture for Devon but initial findings show that we are below the national average.

To read the full Sport England article or to view the survey report please click here.

To find out more about the survey and whether your school has been sampled to take part please see the survey section on our website here.

More About the Active Lives Survey for Children & Young People

In December 2015, Government published its new strategy for sport (Sporting Future) extending Sport England’s responsibility down to 5 years old and hence this survey was developed as a measure of engagement of children and young people in sport.

The Active Lives Survey: Children and Young People provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. Active Devon is supporting schools locally to access the survey and complete for selected year groups.

Measuring Impact & How Schools Are Selected

The survey will measure engagement in sport and physical activity and report on Sporting Future outcomes and key performance indicators for children and young people from the ages of 5 to 16.The aim is for children and young people to feel more motivated, confident and able to get active!

Each term, a number of schools in England 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.

In Devon schools will be randomly selected each term and contacted individually.

The survey will be school-based and will cover measures of children’s:

  •  Activity levels
  • Physical literacy
  •  Swimming proficiency
  •  Well-being
  •  Self-efficacy
  •  Levels of social trust

All schools will receive a bespoke report from Sport England about their pupils and it only takes 20 minutes per person to answer the online survey!

‘The children seemed to be quite engaged and happy to answer the questions whilst completing the survey.’

‘The Year 2 survey is great; the children are able to complete it fairly quickly and it is at the correct level for the children. They enjoyed doing it.’

The results will shape and influence local decision-making as well as inform government policy. The first national data was published in January 2019.

Active Lives Children and Young People: School Report Requirements

Full details on the requirements of responses required to receive a bespoke school level report can be found here.