Active Lives

The Active Lives Children and Young People survey provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. Which in turn we use understand the local picture here in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.

It gives anyone working with children aged 5-16 key data to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and activity, so that you can better support children to be more active.

Schoolchildren across England are asked to take part in this survey, which sits at the heart of Sport England’s vision – that everyone in England, regardless of their age, background and level of ability, should feel able to take part in sport and activity.

The survey, of which the results shape national policy and investment, was developed with the Department for Education (DfE), the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The importance

It is essential that we engage as many schools as possible in this so we can paint the most accurate picture of attitudes and behaviours of children and young people in the context of sport and physical activity.

How it works

Whilst any school can opt in (and we would certainly encourage this) schools are randomly sampled to take part on an annual basis and have any point within a given term to complete it.

It has been designed with schools in mind, to make it as easy as possible, and take as little as 20 minutes to be completed on desktop computers, laptops or tablets.

Should you wish to engage in the Active Lives survey please contact us on

Why should schools do it?

  • A school report summarising your results. Subject to a certain threshold of valid responses being received.

  • Measures of children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust.

  • Evidence and insight into how they’re performing in terms of engaging its pupils in sport and physical activity.

  • These reports aren’t published, shared with anyone – bar the school itself – or used to compare schools. They’re purely designed for the benefit of the individual school.

  • If the teacher survey is also completed, the school is assessed as part of the DfE’s Healthy Schools Rating Scheme (HSRS), for a rating and certificate that can be displayed.

For further information on Children and Young People initiatives across Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire please email

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