This Government study is being run by Sport England and was developed with the Department for Education, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. It is a survey of children and young people (5-16 years) administered through schools which measures levels of participation in sport and physical activity and volunteering. It also includes measures for wellbeing as well as attitudes towards sport and physical activity and the findings are being used to shape future policy and investment in school sport.
Schools which take part will also receive a Healthy Schools Rating providing they complete the minimum number of surveys including a teacher survey. More information about the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/healthy-schools-rating-scheme
Active Lives Children and Young People Report
Over 130,000 surveys were completed nationally in 2017/18 with over 5,700 from Kent. The first Active Lives Children and Young People report was published in December 2018 which found:
- 8% (4 million) children and young people do not achieve the Chief Medical Officers recommendation of 60 mins of activity a day.
- Children and young people who are more active are happier than those who are least active.
- There is a positive association between all mental wellbeing measures and volunteering.
- There are a range of variables affecting levels of activity and volunteering by children and young people including gender and socio-economics.
Taking part in Kent
Kent Sport is managing the study in Kent and Medway on behalf of Sport England and some School Games Organisers are also supporting schools to take part. Ipsos MORI, a specialist research agency, are processing the survey and abide by the Market Research Code of Conduct, which includes ensuring the survey is confidential and anonymous. Schools are randomly selected to take part but any school if not selected in a school year can chose to take part by opting-in.
Each term a number of schools from Kent are randomly selected to take part in the survey and, subject to them completing a minimum number of surveys, will receive a bespoke report on the findings plus equipment vouchers to the value of at least £100.
Schools which are not randomly selected can chose to take part and, subject to them completing a minimum number of surveys, will receive a free report on the findings.