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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 15:14

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 14:54

Budget cuts / Restricted budgets?

Some clients we are working with are starting to re-charge some or all of the survey costs to their schools.

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 16:41

Two decades of SHEU Health-Related Behaviour Surveys
The Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU) have been working with the colleagues from the Bailiwick of Guernsey for two decades now, and our survey work has accumulated a database of over 10,000 cases.  These have mostly been whole-population lifestyle surveys but some have been focussed on particular topics or groups.

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 16:28

Many years ago SHEU were invited to a conference of the Asthma Training Centre*, who were in the middle of a big effort to raise awareness of childhood asthma and to train school nurses about the management of asthma in schools.  Dr Dave was interested to discover that while medical staff think of well-managed asthma as being keeping the occurrence and severity of symptoms at a minimum, many young people with asthma seemed to have a goal of taking as little medication as possible.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 16:52

Is there a school close to Scratchy Bottom near Durdle Door?

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 23:00

The Government have decided to stop the delivery of the Tellus5 survey.
The Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU) continues to provide authorities with unique data about their school pupils as evidence-based practice remains high on their agenda.
SHEU is probably the oldest (established in 1977) survey service dedicated to collecting data about young people’s healthy lifestyles.
Client feedback enables us to adapt the content of our questionnaires to suit local requirements and schools can choose to use our PAPER based questionnaire or an ONLINE version.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 15:15

Monday, August 9, 2010 - 13:10

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

Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 12:46

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.

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Comments about SHEU

"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

"SHEU data proved the best source of the kind of information we were looking for (...) to provide research support to the National Healthy Schools Programme." 

Department of Health

"The Schools Health Education Unit has been a unique inspiration to all of us. For me, as I have worked in the many different areas of the NHS, the SHEU, its principles and your determination have always been a cornerstone in what a health promoting service should be about."
PCT Performance Manager paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

PCT Performance Manager

“(The SHEU survey) was very, very useful. It gave us reassurance we weren’t missing a trick. For example not many pupils in the sample year groups were taking illegal drugs, which re-enforced our opinions. But the survey also raised issues and flagged some things up. We discovered that some of our girls weren’t eating enough – the percentage of girls in our school not eating lunch the day before the survey was higher than the county average. There were other concerns too, specifically around cigarettes, alcohol and attendance.
The school used this data and took a number of actions to address it. More female peer mentors were put in place and the school asked NEXUS (the Extended Schools service) for help, so they developed a programme for girls which addressed their eating patterns, healthy eating, sex education and self-esteem issues.
We ran an anti-bullying group for Year 9 as a preventative measure, based upon data provided by our current Year 10 students.
The travel data revealed that a high number of pupils took the car to school so we involved the BIKE-IT scheme who ran assemblies, brought in their bikes (including one with a pedal-powered smoothie maker!), and raised awareness of health and green issues.
The information about how happy the students were with their lives raised some concerns as far fewer girls were as happy as the boys, so work was done around developing aspirations, role-models and self-esteem."        
 

Deputy Head, Secondary School

"You have made a fantastic contribution to children’s health education and promotion. I am personally grateful to you for helping to kickstart my research career." Prof. Neil Armstrong tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Prof Neil Armstrong

"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

"The service you provide is of national significance." Health Development Agency

Health Development Agency

"The data for (us) are very useful ... This is especially important when evaluating the impact of interventions regarding alcohol or other areas, as the survey data are likely to provide an earlier indication than routine data sources."

Specialist Registrar in Public Health

Many thanks to you and your team for turning this around so quickly.
We really appreciate it, and also your extra support with the administration this time.

PSHE Lead Advisor

"The Unit has a unique historical and contemporary archive of young people." Prof. Ted Wragg 1938-2005

Prof Ted Wragg, 1938-2005