Understanding young people’s attitudes and behaviours towards physical activity is important for us to be able to shape opportunities for them to be active. The latest survey (2019/20) found that 36.6% of children and young people in Greater Manchester are doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day and we are committed to changing this.
Taking part in the survey makes schools eligible to receive a Healthy Schools Rating. The Department for Education healthy schools rating 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. You can opt in to the survey to be eligible to receive your rating.
All schools who take part will receive a school report based on their results, provided enough responses are received. Reports are created dependent on the years surveyed, with separate reports for infants, primary and secondary schools. The requirements for receiving a report can be found here.
Schools who are part of the random sample will also be eligible for vouchers for sports and wellness equipment from ESPO. The 2021/22 brochure is available here.
Irlam Endowed Primary School in Salford have previously taken part in the survey and have been able to change their physical activity offerings in light of the results in order to support their students to become more active. Find out how they used the results to improve their provision here.
Approximately eight schools per borough, per term are chosen to take part in the survey. Each school has three year groups randomly chosen to complete the survey which are sent to the school then they're informed that they have been selected. One class from each year group is then randomly selected in partnership with the school teacher and GreaterSport.
Guidance on the survey as well as information for teachers, pupils and parents can be found on the right hand side. If your school has been selected to take part please visit our participating schools page.