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ACTIVE LIVES :
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

It is important for County Durham Sport to understand children and young people’s attitudes and behaviours towards physical activity as this allows us to shape appropriate opportunities for them to become more active.

The annual Active Lives Children and Young People (ALCYP) Survey provides schools with the opportunity to gather insight into their pupil’s attitudes and behaviours towards sport and physical activity. It also gives individuals and organisations working with children aged 5-16 years old key insight to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and physical activity.

HOW THE SURVEY WORKS

The ALCYP survey is an annual national survey commissioned by Sport England and provides a world leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. County Durham Sport leads on the survey within County Durham and by working with local partners (SGOs, Local authorities) the survey is keenly promoted and schools are encouraged to complete or opt-in (opt-in information is outlined below).

A random selection of schools is chosen each term to take part in the ALCYP Survey. These schools will be contacted by County Durham Sport with information on how to complete the survey and the incentives for doing so. To access the incentives offered to schools, they must meet the minimum response figure.

Each school that is selected has three year groups randomly chosen to complete the survey. County Durham Sport, or the relevant SGO, will email the school with the URL’s (the survey must be completed online and in school for pupils) for the classes, teacher and parents (KS1 classes only) along with a guide and deadline for completion. County Durham Sport will monitor survey responses throughout each term and provide encouragement and updates to schools.

A £100 EPSO voucher, Healthy Schools Rating (see below) and school report will be received a few months after the term deadline for completion.
For more information and detail around the survey, please visit Sport England’s dedicated page.

SCHOOLS NOT SAMPLED : OPT IN

All schools are now being actively encouraged to Opt-in to the survey to gather valuable insight on their pupil’s attitudes and behaviours and to achieve a Healthy Schools Rating (first introduced for the 2020/21 academic year).

If you would like your school to take part, but you have not been selected as part of the random sample in County Durham, please contact County Durham Sport (relevant details below).

Schools will not receive the £100 EPSO incentive but will receive the Healthy Schools Rating and report if they complete the survey as an opt-in school.

HEALTHY SCHOOLS RATING

The Healthy Schools Rating scheme is a national scheme that recognises and encourages the contribution of schools to promoting health and wellbeing to children and young people. The scheme celebrates the positive actions of schools to promote physical activity and healthy eating, whilst identifying the next steps for schools to further improve their provisions. The rating will be achieved by teachers completing the ALCYP teacher survey. Teachers will be asked questions on active travel, food education, food standards and PE.

More information on the Healthy Schools Rating is available on the dedicated Government website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/healthy-schools-rating-scheme

CONTACT

To find out more information on the Active Lives Children and Young People survey and the Healthy Schools Rating, please contact Children and Young People’s Programme Coordinator Joe Armstrong on 07936947077 or joe.armstrong@countydurhamsport.com

Schools will not receive the £100 EPSO incentive but will receive the Healthy Schools Rating and report if they complete the survey as an opt-in school.