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Friday, November 4, 2011 - 14:07

I was in Guernsey yesterday talking with press, politicians and other movers and shakers about a largely positive survey of parents and carers:

/content/page/guernsey-parents-and-carers-survey-2011

It included, as it happens, some questions about how young people are portrayed in the news media.  When I arrived, my host Alun Williams showed me a wince-making news story that we feared might come up in questions:

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:42

Join the email list to receive research news each month about young people's health related behaviour.

"Students and mental health" appeared in October on the NHS Health News website. The authors analysed a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Follow this link to find the above research and other new research about 16+ year olds
 

 

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:06

I did various things on the BBC yesterday, mostly about alcohol and young people: overall, fewer young people drink but there's a few going well over the top. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15511823

I got back to work today to find a ticking off in my mailbox from the British Beer & Pub Association.  They  explained that I was out of date in what I said about increasing alcohol consumption in the adult population.  That may have been true up to 2004.

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 00:01

Young People into 2011 is the latest report and 25th in the series that carries some trends data back to 1986. It is a unique, contemporary archive of young people from the Schools Health Education Unit. There are over 100 health-related behaviour questions and answers from over 83,000 youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15. They tell us about what they do at home, at school, and with their friends. The data have been collected from primary and secondary schools across the United Kingdom.

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 10:40

In 2012, Education and Health will be 29 years old and will be an online open access journal.

In recent years more articles have been made available as pdf files. This has increased access and given contributors more opportunites to have their work widely read.

The complete archive is also freely available encouraging contributors to write new articles based on previous publications.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 11:27

- it's up to you now!
"It should be for teachers, not the government, to design the lessons and the experiences that will engage pupils ... reflecting their pupils’ interests and local circumstances." Schools Minister Nick Gibb.
SHEU’s view, developed over 30 years, is that the best way to explore pupils' circumstances with a view to planning PSHE provision is with a local, anonymous, survey of health and lifestyles. Have a look at the detailed book of tables and a comparison report your school will receive following a survey. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 14:10

We've just discovered that the Education and Health archive at /content/page/education-and-health-archive has been being sulky, asking that you sign in or register to see anything.  Sorry about that. 

We've told it to play nicely and share properly from now on.  Let me know if you experience any problems.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 15:57

SHEUNews : An occasional newsletter from SHEU. In this issue - Find out about the perception and performance figures you need to inform your JSNA; New style reports for Authorities and schools, How SHEU can help teachers with PSHE in schools; Home-made online surveys can make a monkey of us all; Young People into 2011; Smokers vs Non-smokers; survey feedback; and reports showing significant differences - all the above in pdf or ISSUU format. Follow this link

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 14:26

JSNA - the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Get the perception and performance figures you need, about your young people, from SHEU.

The Coalition Government has placed the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment at the heart of its proposals with regard to the future of local health improvement. Since the establishment of the JSNA in 2008, SHEU have been providing local authorities with vital data about their young people to inform their planning.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 14:11

Professor Mark D. Griffiths' article, The educational benefits of videogames, is one of many published in the journal Education and Health ISSN 0265-1602. The article, first published in 2002, describes the research dating right back to the early 1980s that has consistently shown that playing computer games (irrespective of genre) produces increases in reaction times, improved hand-eye co-ordination and raises players' self-esteem.

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Comments about SHEU

"You have often stood alone against the media who were often looking for the sensational headline. I have noticed an important change: the media now look out for and report very fairly and fully on the reports from the team." 
Tributes from a Health Education Advisor to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Education Advisor

I would just like to say thank you very much to Angela, yourself and all of the SHEU team for making the [survey] so successful. The survey has been well received and we are using data in new ways to help support work on local Public Health priorities.

Senior Public Health Specialist

"We're very happy to commission another survey from you. Our colleagues in School Improvement are dead keen to work with us on this. During our last LA Inspection, we were flagged from our Tellus data as having a bullying problem. We could demonstrate with our SHEU data - which had a much better sample size and coverage of the authority - that we did not have the problem they suggested. The Inspectors went away happy and we are definitely surveying again with SHEU."

Local Authority Senior Adviser

"This is an excellent way of keeping up to date belt and braces style."

School Drugs Advisor

"I very much value the contribution the Health Related Behaviour Survey has made to the public health agenda and feel confident it will continue to do so." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Director of Public Health

"On behalf of all the health promoters in Scotland I would like to say a big thank to you and your colleagues for your excellent work over the years. This includes not only your survey work but your role as a visiting examiner in Scotland and adviser on course development."
Tribute from a Health Commissioner to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Commissioner

"The data from last time were spot-on and we have done lots of work with it. We are very keen to repeat the survey." Headteacher

Headteacher

"Over the last twenty years you have achieved much. The surveys and subsequent reports have painted the clearest picture we have of what young people are doing and what they think." OFSTED 1998

OFSTED

"The Unit produces an invaluable body of knowledge... providing exceptional information across time and throughout the country." Kelloggs

Kelloggs

"Many thanks for all of the fantastic information that you have sent to me over the years, it has really helped me to plan relevant courses for my students to follow and to help me to focus on the needs of the students I teach."

PSHE teacher