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John Balding 1935-2015

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It is with great sadness we announce that John Balding died Tuesday 13th January.

After a short illness, he passed away in his sleep, at home with his family.


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We have greatly appreciated all the many messages of condolence from across the country and abroad, and the sharing of memories of John.

Cannabis re-classification

The curious incident of young people's reaction to the re-classification of cannabis - "Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?" "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time." "The dog did nothing in the night-time." "That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes. From the story ‘Silver Blaze’, in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Bereaved School Pupils

Recent survey findings, from the bereavement charity the Amy and Tom project and Co-operative Funeralcare, found that seven in ten schools surveyed said they lacked sufficient resources and access to services to support these vulnerable pupils affected by bereavement. The poll of almost 100 UK schools found 57% of bereaved pupils had difficulty joining in group activities or debates. The schools surveyed had an average of two children bereaved each year.

Indicators of a school’s contribution to well-being: consultation

OFSTED consultation - SHEU's response Part 1 questions Q1. Do you agree with this view of schools’ accountability for well-being? AGREE Comments The model of providing schools with their own data to compare against a local profile is one SHEU has practised for over 30 years. SHEU also welcomes the positive effect the approach would have on raising the profile of well-being in schools.

There are now three, different, monthly research news emails

In January 2006 we sent the first Health News about 16+ a free, monthly news email with Internet links to information about 16+ year old's health and behaviour chosen from our databanks and the Internet. Since then we have added two more free, monthly emails so that we now cover news about young people ranging from around 5 -16+ year olds.

Biggest Year Ever!

Over 100,000 school pupils completed the Schools Health Education Unit’s (SHEU) Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire survey in 2008. Over 75,000 pupils were in the key year groups of 6,8 and 10.
Dr David Regis, SHEU Research Manager says:

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