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Active Essex extend a warm welcome back to all of our Greater Essex Schools, staff and young people.  We hope that your communities have an enjoyable, safe and active return to school life, despite these ongoing uncertain times.  Insight from the Sport England Childwise research shows that physical activity is more important than ever for children with 52% of young people reporting being less physically active throughout this lockdown period.

Active Essex continue to work with schools across Greater Essex to roll out the new Active Lives: Children and Young People survey Year 4: Term 1. The Active Lives Survey is a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. This will give anyone working with children aged 5-16 key insight to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and activity.

82 Schools across the County have been randomly selected by Sport England to undertake the survey during the Autumn term 2020-2021.  Look out for our flyers, emails and social media for more information – if your school is one of those chosen, make sure you don’t miss out!

For a full list of the schools selected please see the document below.

Autumn Term Selected Schools

Once a school has reached the minimum number of responses required, Sport England will notify ESPO that the school is eligible for its incentive. The school will then be contacted by ESPO regarding their incentive.

ESPO will contact eligible schools via email and post. They will send schools a covering letter which includes the number of credits the school has received as well as both an electronic and hard copy of the incentive catalogue along with an order form. 6b – ESPO incentives brochure 2020-21

Each school completing the required number of responses will receive a bespoke evaluation report the following term.  This is a great opportunity to prove to OFSTED that you are ‘engaging your stakeholders in terms of health, wellbeing and physical activity’.  Insight gained from these responses can be used to evidence need and build cases for the requirement of continued or additional funding.

For more information please contact: Stuart Tryhorn Stuart.Tryhorn@activeessex.org