Background

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.

Follow this link to view the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme

Active Lives Children and Young People 2020 -21 Report

The latest results from Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey highlight the on-going impact Covid-19 has had on physical activity levels in Kent. It shows that only 41.7% of children and young people are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of taking part in sport and physical activity for an average of 60 minutes or more every day. This is a 6.3% decrease in the number of active children and young people compared to the previous 12 months.

The data also shows that 34% of Kent’s children and young people are physically inactive meaning they are doing less than an average of 30 minutes a day. This is a 6% increase in the number of inactive children and young people compared to the previous 12 months.

The Sport England Research also shows:

  • Restrictions during the pandemic resulted in reduced levels of activity
  • Active children do better at school in attainment and achievement
  • Those from the least affluent families remain the least active and this gap has widened since the start of the pandemic
  • Only 36% of Black children are getting active compared to 45% of all children and young people.
  • Boys activity levels have decreased to the same level as girls.
  • The numbers taking part in fitness and gym are increasing, whilst team sports reduced but are showing signs of increasing again
  • Fewer children learnt to swim overall and only a third from lowest income groups can swim 25m on their own.
  • Children reported lower levels of enjoyment overall, and less confidence – this shows there is a need to focus on increasing physical literacy.
  • Confidence to get involved
  • Competence of basic skills
  • Understanding benefits
  • Knowledge of the ‘how’s and ‘where’s
  • Enjoyment when they’re there

Active Kent and Medway are committed to tackling this inactivity and reduce the inequalities children and young people face in sport and physical activity, and create greater opportunities for positive experiences.

Taking part in Kent

Active Kent and Medway is managing the survey in Kent and Medway on behalf of Sport England with the support of School Games Organisers.  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.

Selected Schools

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.  If your school is selected you will be contacted and, subject to completing a minimum number of surveys, you will receive a bespoke report on the findings plus equipment vouchers to the value of at least £100.

Follow this link for the list of selected schools

Opt-In Schools

Schools which are not randomly selected can choose to take part and, subject to them completing a minimum number of surveys, will receive a free report on the findings.  Please contact Louise.Milne@kent.gov.uk to opt-in to take the survey.


All the latest information on taking part, as well as supporting resources for schools can be found on the Sport England website. This includes details on the process, survey questions, example school reports, template communications for parents, information for the students and teachers who are taking part as well as the privacy policy.

Follow this link for Sport England’s Active Lives CYP pages

If you have any questions, please contact rachael.scott@kent.gov.uk.

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