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Active Lives Children and Young People Survey and Healthy Schools Rating

National School Survey and Schools Healthy Rating Scheme


Sport England's survey, Active Lives Children and Young People in now in it's third year. It provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. It gives anyone working with children aged 5-16 key insight to help understand children's attitudes and behaviours around sport and activity.


The The Healthy Schools Rating scheme is part of the Childhood Obesity Action Plan in 2017.  The scheme is available for both primary and secondary schools, however currently not available for special schools.  They will receive their rating (Gold, Silver or Bronze) based on their responses to questions on food education, compliance with the mandatory school food standards, time spent on PE in school and the promotion of active travel for pupils’ journeys to and from school. The data will be collected through the Children and Young People Active Lives Survey. Schools will still be chosen randomly to take part in the survey, but they can also opt in, if they haven’t been chosen, so that they can access the Healthy Schools Rating.  Schools need to complete the survey in either the Spring or Summer terms in order to receive a rating which will be sent through from Spring 2019. Schools can decide whether they want to make their rating public.





Schools are randomly selected to take part, Think Active will contact them to let them know they have been selected. One class in up to three different year groups are asked to fill out the questionnaires.




The questionnaires have been designed to be simple and enjoyable for pupils to complete and are tailored to different age groups and takes around 20 minutes to fill in.

Each school that takes part will be given a bespoke report summarising their own results from the survey




Each school that takes part is given a bespoke report summarising their own results from the survey (if at least 30 pupils complete the questionnaire). This report covers measures of children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust.

The reports give staff evidence and insight into how their school is performing in terms of engaging its pupils in sport and physical activity. These are not published or used to compare schools, but are purely designed for the benefit of the individual school.


How can I access the new Schools Healthy Rating Scheme?

By completing the survey in either the Spring or Summer term, your school will automatically be sent a Healthy rating of either Gold, Silver of Bronze, providing you meet the criteria. This is assessed through the answers you give on the Active Lives Survey




If you are not selected randomly as a school to take part, your school can still complete the survey by opting in. Please contact emma.sadula@coventry.gov.uk with the following details:


•Which term you wish to complete the survey

•Full school name

•School URN

•Year groups you wish to complete the survey (at least 3)



Results - What does the survey tell us?


Below is a summary of results form the first year, which shows percentages of young people achieving 30 mins of activity both within and outside of school in each local authority area -click on the picture to download it.


































For more detailed results click  https://www.sportengland.org/media/13698/active-lives-children-survey-academic-year-17-18.pdf


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