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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 12:22

We are very used to producing reports for schools, local authorities, public health departments and the public. 

What is a bit more unusual is to be asked to produce a report for primary pupils.  However, always willing, we've had a go for one school, and having got a model that we (and the pupils) were happy with, we can now offer this as a service to all schools.

The brief was:

  • A summary of the school's results
  • Simple enough for most pupils to access
  • Eye-catching
  • Pupil-friendly

See what you think! 

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 12:34

It's been a sad week as many of our friends and colleagues lost their jobs in local authorities at the end of March. 

The energy and momentum of the Healthy Schools programme was inspiring and we hope that the networks that have been created around the country and the lessons learned over the last ten years will be preserved.

Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 09:32

We were pleased and interested to see Elizabeth Ettorre, previously a member of our Advisory Group, talking about her new book:

Revisioning Women and Drug Use

in a short video:

http://www.fead.org.uk/video353/Elizabeth-Ettorre-on-women,-drugs,-resea...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 12:19

Article (and namecheck) by Johann Hari:

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-har...

See also:

/content/page/homophobic-bullying-schools-stonewall-study

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 14:06

I expect you are familiar with the admonishment from TV programmes, "Don't try this at home!".  What you are watching is for professionals, who know what they are doing, but if you try it, you might make a mess of it, and that is dangerous.  If you're watching Mythbusters or Brainiac, making a mess of it might involve some nasty burns at the very least.  But what about survey work, surely that's harmless enough?  Well, let me share some thoughts with you.

Friday, January 21, 2011 - 13:18

"Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby!", said GBS, but typically there's not a lot of overlap between my day job in health and education and my pastime of chess.

Then two come along at once :)

My colleague David McGeorge called to my attention to some research about going second, which looked at penalty shoot-outs and the game of chess.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 12:03

Consultants, I believe, are fond of saying, "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it," and I have a lot of sympathy with that view. So, while Government target-setting may be reduced, the need for recent, local figures is not.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 10:24

If you have had reports from us before, you may have seen tables which bear some coded markings, like this:

* p

Asterisks show where the differences seen between figures are statistically significant, that is, unlikely to be due to chance.  Just how unlikely is shown by the number of asterisks, where *** says that fewer than one in a thousand similar studies would yield a result as different as this by chance alone.

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 12:34

Adapting to change, nothing new here as SHEU prepare to meet the challenges of 2011.

Having navigated our way through the last 33 years of providing nationally recognised survey services I have found it helpful to take a very quick glance at the writings of the good and the great on the subject of 'change'...

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions - Ellen Glasgow

When you're through changing, you're through - Bruce Barton

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed - Irene Peter

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 10:14

“We’re very happy to commission another survey from you. Our colleagues in School Improvement are dead keen to work with us on this” said a Local Authority Senior Adviser recently. "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.” 

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