The last National PE and School Sport Survey completed in Bexley (2009/10) aimed to measure the take-up of 3-hours of high-quality PE and out-of-hours school sport in a typical week. The survey suggested that PE curriculum time in minutes dropped from an average of 125 minutes per week up to Year 9, to an average of just 64 minutes per week from Years 10-13. Equally, the total number of pupils in each year group who participated in at least three hours of high quality PE and out of hours school sport each week, dropped from a high of between 50-55% (Years 5-8) to a low of just 3% by Year 12.
Unfortunately only sporadic data has been collected since this time, meaning there is insufficient to paint a comprehensive and accurate picture of how active young people currently are. In response to this need, Sport England developed Active Lives for children and young people. This went live in September 2017 with the first set of baseline results expected to be available from early 2019. It is anticipated that this will ‘provide a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity’ and will replace previous out-of-date data. Each term, a number of schools will be randomly selected to take part in the survey, with the aim of getting 100,000 children and young people (nationally) in Years 1 to 11 to complete it each academic year. Six schools in Bexley have been identified to take part in the year 1 survey.