The Active Lives Children and Young People Survey

The Active Lives Children and Young People Survey is now in its fourth year. Sport England launched the school-based survey in September 2017 to measure engagement in, and attitudes to, sport and physical activity among children and young people in school Years 1-11. The Survey is run by Sport England in partnership with the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

This is the first research of its kind in the world and we're already using the detailed reports to target the most inactive groups within our schools.

Schools are chosen to participate at random, and within that school there will be three year groups selected. Your Active Partnership representative will provide the school with all the information they need.

Once pupils have completed the surveys, the school is awarded credits which can be used to purchase sports equipment. This year's offer includes well-being resources to support schools' COVID recovery phase.

It is possible for a school to opt-in to complete the survey. If you would like to find out more about this, please contact your Active Lives Survey lead.

Bedford Schools
Gill Morrow

Central Bedfordshire Schools
Annelise Finlayson

Luton Schools
Toni Chivers

Autumn Term Schools

The following schools have been selected by Sport England to participate in the survey during the Autumn term 21/22.

Schools highlighted in green have either started to complete their surveys or have completed enough to obtain a full report on the findings.

Schools highlighted in amber have agreed to participate in the survey.

Schools highlighted in red have yet to start or have declined to participate.


Central Bedfordshire


Priory Primary School

Leedon Lower School

Denbigh Primary School

Scott Primary School

St Christopher's Academy

The Linden Academy

Great Barford Church of England Primary Academy

Gothic Mede Academy

Dallow Primary School

Bedford Free School

Woodland Middle School Academy

Challney High School for Boys

Marston Vale Middle School

Bedford School

Click on your relevant Local Authority to take you through to your school's Active Lives Survey URLs

Healthy Schools Rating Scheme

The healthy schools rating scheme is available to all schools participating in the Active Lives Children and Young People survey. It has been designed to recognise and encourage schools' contributions to pupils' health and wellbeing. The scheme celebrates the positive actions that schools are delivering in terms of healthy eating and physical activity, and aims to help schools identify useful next steps in their provision. The scheme is part of a wider series of government actions to support pupils' health and wellbeing, and is a commitment from the government's Childhood Obesity Plan.

Schools will receive a rating based on their responses around food education, compliance with the school food standards, time spent on physical education and the promotion of active travel. Each participating school will receive a report based on their survey answers, and those achieving Gold, Silver or Bronze awards will receive a certificate. We encourage all participating schools to use this scheme to reflect on their future actions, and to share their achievements with parents, pupils and the wider school community.

Schools can notify Ofsted school inspectors about the rating they have achieved in the healthy schools rating scheme. They will be able to draw attention to the scheme as evidence of their provision to pupils. Where relevant, Ofsted inspectors may wish to consider the scheme as evidence when reaching the judgement on 'personal development'.

Further information can be found at:

What do the reports look like?

What does the data tell us so far?