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:
"It's a terrific sample – wider and deeper than anything else we know about for this age group. 23 versions of the primary survey and 34 versions of the secondary survey have gone into this databank. There's enough overlap to give very big samples for all of the key questions. And it all adds to our developing picture of young people's health and habits. We hope this massive sample also reflects a lasting change in society's care and concern for children and young people."
Angela Balding, SHEU Survey Manager says:
"I'm so grateful to my colleagues who have worked so hard and so carefully to get through all these questionnaires. Of course staff and students in schools and colleges have put a lot of valuable time and effort into the surveys to start with."
SHEU began carrying out nationally recognised surveys in schools in 1977. We now provide lifestyle surveys, research and publishing services to schools and colleges. We work with a wide range of people involved in the planning, providing and commissioning of health and education in the UK and overseas.
Our surveys produce a detailed profile of young people's life at home, at school, at college, and with their friends. This information is then used by authorities to inform health needs assessment and health care planning, and by schools and colleges to promote health education programmes, as well as in work across the curriculum.