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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:

Testing times

"Local commissioning" is a commonly used phrase, and our political parties all seem agreed that it's a good idea (as witnessed in their various annual conferences this month). But how can you apply that concept to health promotion for young people?

Kath Wilson retires

(Reprinted from the Somerset Healthy Schools Newsletter)
"On March 31st Dr Kath Wilson, Somerset's Healthy Schools Coordinator is retiring. The team and those many people (including colleagues at SHEU) who have worked with her and benefited from her tireless support will sorely miss her.

Local birth control service

Since 1993 we have asked thousands of 12-15 year olds…”Is there a special birth control (family planning) service for young people available locally?”
Those replying ‘Yes’ show an upward trend (see chart below left).
Those responding ‘Don’t know’ show a downward trend (see chart below right).

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Comments about SHEU

I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your talk at last week's conference.

Chief Executive, substance use charity

(Our) Senior team were very enthused with the rich source of data provided within the reports (and thought that the analyses including within the appendices section of the main reports were really interesting).

Health Improvement Specialist (Children, Schools and Families)

"The Health Related Behaviour Survey is an incredibly useful resource for (us) as it provides schools, with invaluable data which can inform curriculum content, methods of lesson delivery and empower schools to better meet the needs of their pupils."

Health Education Advisor

Please could our College be part of the SHEU survey this academic year? We did it in 2016 and 2017 and found it incredibly informative and it helped us shape our PSHE provision.

Assistant Principal

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your work regarding writing and compiling the sex education survey. The survey was well executed and the schools have found their individual reports very helpful. The results of the survey have enabled the Local Campaign Group to justify the need for young men's campaigns and given us invaluable insight as to the thoughts and experiences of this target group."

Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Manager

"We would like to take part in the next ECM survey. We have found the data produced invaluable for supporting evidence in our SEF etc."

School Vice Principal

"The survey reports have been used to inform commissioning at specific commissioning groups. They are also being used within our Extended Schools Clusters and to inform The Annual Public Health and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment." Programme Manager - Young People

...Many thanks for all your work with this year’s survey. It’s already proving to be invaluable especially against the severe cuts in services that are looming.

Health Promotion Manager

"The data from the 2018/19 survey is still in heavy use here, the physical activity related findings were pivotal in changing the relevant strategy recently to target less active groups like girls towards the end of secondary school, and I’ve three fairly hefty jobs on the to-do list that will use the data with other sources to identify target schools for mental health and physical activity projects, and another looking at community safety. I call it the gift that keeps giving and that certainly seems to be the case!"

Senior Public Health Specialist (Intelligence)

"We were talking about (the SHEU survey) data at our recent NSCoPSE Conference, for PSHE advisers and consultants. It would be really helpful if some of this powerful data and the trends could be shared in the consultation around the PSHE Review. Colleagues shared their very positive experiences of (the SHEU survey). It provides excellent evidence of behaviour change for children and young people and of the impact of PSHE and wider interventions."

Personal and Social Development Consultant