Online survey: clear, friendly, responsive

Responses from questionnaires are stored in our databanks

Pupils and students can still complete on paper, if you prefer

Questionnaires are fetched by secure courier and logged in the SHEU offices

Questions are composed collaboratively with clients and designed with the pupils and students in mind

Who commissions SHEU surveys?
SHEU surveys have been commissioned by:

  • Healthy School Managers and Co-ordinators
  • Local Authorities
  • Public Health
  • Drug Action Teams
  • Local Partnerships to promote Physical Activity
  • Joint LA/PCT commissioning groups

as well as individual schools and colleges.
 
Who completes SHEU surveys?
We have surveyed almost everyone:

  • Pupils and Students
  • Parents and Carers 
  • Staff in Schools and the NHS
  • young people NEET
  • employers of young people

 
What questions can we ask?
We have a variety of off-the-shelf questionnaires, from short pupils perceptions surveys to longer lifestyle surveys, and we can customise each of them to make sure you are asking exactly the questions for which you need answers.
 
How much does it cost?
Costs can be reduced by using a shorter questionnaire, asking fewer subjects, doing the survey online and using an existing questionnaire.

  • To do an off-the-shelf 4-sides-of A4 questionnaire with 60 pupils in 10 primary schools online might be around £500+VAT.
  • To do a customised 20-sides-of A4 questionnaire with 8000 pupils in 30 secondary schools on paper will cost over £20,000+VAT.

These estimates are inclusive: all posting, registration, reports for schools,,
The only thing we charge for separately is writing a custom report with you.  It's hard to predict how much this will cost, depending on how long and how detailed you want the report to be.  To see what sort of reports you can receive, see our Reports page.
We can organise printing for you; we do not add a handling fee but pass on the amount on the printer's bill.
 
How quickly can it all happen?
We can put up an existing questionnaire for completion on our website in a few minutes, but a more typical timescale for a district-wide survey is about six months from start to finish:

  1. Study design agreed: number of schools, number of pupils in each school
  2. Questionnaire content agreed
  3. Schools contacted
  4. Seminars arranged
  5. Survey conducted in schools online and on paper
  6. Paper questionnaires processed
  7. Reports returned to schools
  8. Reports returned to commissioners

 
Can I see an example questionnaire and an example report?
Of course: just give us a call or email.
 
To discuss your survey requirements, contact Angela Balding on (01392) 66 72 72 or email.
 
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Where?

Paper or online?

Online surveys have grown and grown, and are quick to process, but depending on your IT facilities, it may make life easier if the whole year group sits to do a questionnaire using paper booklets -- it can all be done on the same morning and packed off to SHEU in the afternoon.

Contact us to talk through the options.

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Prices can can from less than £100 to carry out a primary school parent perception survey online, to the best part of £1000 to do a full lifestyle survey on paper with secondary school pupils in two year groups.

We will work hard to accommodate your needs inside your budget: give us a call!

If we give you an estimate, there will be no hidden extras like set-up fees or airport taxes to pay.

Contact Angela Balding on (01392) 66 72 72 or by e-mail to discuss your requirements.

To see what sort of reports you can receive, see our Reports page.

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Who commissions SHEU surveys? Public Health / Drug Action Teams / Local Authoroities/Children's Services / Schools / Colleges

Who completes SHEU surveys? Pupils and Students / Parents/Carers / Staff

 

Who commissions SHEU surveys?

Public Health

Health and Wellbeing Boards, Primary Care Trusts, Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and Local Health Boards (LHB) use our services to provide base-line data about the health related behaviour of young people in their area. Often, in partnership with other agencies, people in Public Health  use the results to inform their programme and service planning.

Directors of Public Health often take the lead on the collecting of data for local needs assessment and health promotion and our services support their work including results in the Director's Annual Reports.

The report 'Supporting the Health of Young People in Your Area' is an example of how the survey results can support your work and inform you and your partners.

[More information for Public Health]

DATs

We have worked hard to ensure that our secondary questionnaires provide the type of information that is useful to Drug Action Teams. Our general questionnaire V23 has been scrutinised by a number of DAT partners for its validity and usefulness. The resulting data are now finding their way, more than ever before, into DATs Young People's Substance Misuse Plans. Repeat survey strategies are being identified in order to monitor behaviour.

[More information for DATs]

LAs

Local Authorities have commissioned SHEU surveys to support:

  • Healthy Schools Programme
  • PSHE and Citizenship work
  • Baseline and monitoring information for Joint Area Reviews
  • Partnership working with Public Health

Over the years many local authorities have used our nationally recognised survey services to provide robust local data. They include:


 

Barnet Blackburn with Darwen Bromley
Camden Chorley Derbyshire
Derwentside Dudley Ealing
East Sussex Essex Devon
Guernsey Hartlepool Herefordshire
Hertfordshire Knowsley Leicester City
Lewisham Luton Manchester
Milton Keynes North Yorkshire Peterborough
Solihull Stockport  

You can see an example of the type of summary report we currently produce for the authorities commissioning our services. Schools and colleges involved receive a comprehensive set of data and a comparative report about their own students which is a valuable resource for curriculum planning for school's OFSTED self evaluation forms and college's healthy college development.

The database that arises from our survey work provides information, valuable for Joint Area Reviews, that is also shared among joint commissioning bodies, as well as Healthy School and College programmes. Commissions have been made, separately or together, in connection with:
Joint Area Reviews Children and Young People's Plans (CYPP)
Healthy Schools Teenage Pregnancy
Children's Services PSHE
Education Services Drug Action Teams
Children's Trusts  
and work with Public Health and Primary Care Trusts

A repeat survey strategy is being used to reflect the changing nature of the needs of the local young population and support local plans as they develop.

If you would like one of my team to attend a meeting to explain our surveys and to answer any specific questions you may have, please let us know directly:

Angela Balding
Survey Manager
T: 01392 667272
E: angela.balding@sheu.org.uk

Schools

We have versions for early primary and later primary pupils.

A longer and more thorough questionnaire can be designed for secondary-age pupils.

Colleges

Since 2000, SHEU has been developing services for FE & 6th Form Colleges. A student survey instrument has been successfully trailed and piloted with Colleges. A free online survey has been offered to colleges. A confidential databank is developing and currently holds information from students about their attitudes and lifestyle behaviours in relation to health. This unique resource enables comparisons to be made across a range of questions. Not only would colleges have information with regard to your students you may also have comparative, anonymous data from students in your region or elsewhere.

[More information for Colleges]

Who completes SHEU surveys?

Pupils and Students

Since 1977, over a million questionnaires have been completed by young people with SHEU. 

"I've never looked at myself before", said one.

Our questionnaires are all designed for a specific group:

  • Early Primary
  • Later Primary
  • Secondary
  • Sixth Form and FE College students
  • HE and University Students

Parents and carers

Our parent surveys have mostly been perception surveys rather than lifestyle surveys, although we have done both.
They can be completed on paper or online, and can be customised to suit your situation.

Staff

We have carried out work with staff wellbeing: for instance, see our example staff wellbeing survey.

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When can we complete the survey?

We can set up an online survey for you now, or send you paper questionnaires in the post tomorrow. 

How long does a survey take to complete?

The shortest questionnaires we offer can be completed within 15 minutes, while our longer lifestyle questionnaires can take up to an hour.  Online, the computer will skip pages that are not relevant.

When will we get our results back?

Online, the results are available during the time that you are doing the survey, and will be complete when the last questionnaire is complete.  We will get someone here to check through the results to see if there are any 'odd' answers.

For paper surveys, return times depend on the length of the questionnaire, and the size of the queue you are joining.  We don't usually use machine-reading for surveys, as we know pupils like to write all sorts of things and aren't always very neat!  So your questionnaires will each be read by two separate members of staff to check the answers are sound.

We have a target of 6 weeks maximum for any school survey, but if you need the results quickly for a meeting or an inspection, then let us know and we will accommodate.

If you are taking part in a district survey, then any comparison reports will have to wait for the last survey to be completed before we can calculate the district results.  But you will normally have your own tables of results before then.

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Which questions do you want to ask in your survey?

Perception or Lifestyle surveys? Single-topic or Comprehensive?  Off-the-shelf or Customised?

Perception surveys

SHEU is perhaps best known for its lifestyle surveys, but for many years we have been helping schools get feedback from pupils and parents about how they see the work of the school and what might need changing.

Our most popular survey was structured around the Every Child Matters framework of:

* Be Healthy

* Stay Safe

* Enjoy and Achieve

* Make a Positive Contribution

* Economic Well-Being

Versions exist for pupils and parents, and a comparison report is produced for the school:

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Lifestyle surveys

SHEU is perhaps best known for its lifestyle surveys, available on paper and online, which cover a wide range of topics related to health and well-being.

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Topics normally include:

* Personal background

* Diet

* Health

* Hygiene

* Smoking, alcohol, illegal drugs

* Sex and Relationships

The results are an ideal base for planning towards the Healthy Schools Enhancement Model.

Our questionnaires exist in forms for primary schools, secondary schools and colleges and can be adapted for pupils with special needs. We have many alternative topics and items in our question banks, and will work with you to create a customised survey.

Single-topic surveys

We have developed specialist surveys, mostly for secondary-age pupils, in the key target areas for public health improvement:

  • Alcohol, drugs and tobacco
  • Bullying and Emotional Well-being
  • Food and physical activity
  • Sex and Relationships

We have conducted other surveys in the past with different topics:

  • Smoking
  • Environmental education
  • Governor surveys
  • Staff surveys

We can adapt one of these to suit your requirements or develop a new survey with you.

Customised surveys

We have a number of off-the-shelf surveys which are available to clients but we can of course design a survey just for you. Customising surveys can be done very quickly online. We can also design a new survey on paper, with your selected content, design amd logos, and dispatch a parcel to you.

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What do you get back?

We are experienced in producing reports for a variety of purposes and audiences:

School reports Area reports Other reports

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We can organise printing for you; we do not add a handling fee but pass on the amount on the printer's bill.

School reports  
Book of tables

This is the first report sent to a school and shows all your results for every question, usually broken down by age and sex. We can produce charts too, if you like. All these results can be seen immediately if you are using the online survey.

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Comparison report

This report usually arrives later, and shows your school results compared with a reference sample (usually a local one).  We can of course compare your results to a previous study in your school.

We have designed a special report designed to support completion of your School Self-Evaluation Form for OFSTED .

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Pupil report

This report is written for primary pupils and talks about the results of the health survey which took place in primary schools in their area. It has been organised into topics to help pupils, teachers, parents and carers think about health and wellbeing in their school. 

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Example report
(1008kb pdf)

 
Area reports  
Book of tables

This is the first report available and shows all your results for every question, usually broken down by age and sex, and by any other groups you require.

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Summary report        
A colourful, readable report for public dissemination.  The report can include details about local programmes and comparisons with a reference sample. Image Image Image
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The reports can be for a particular district (Harrogate), for a particular topic (drugs), and include commissioned analysis (links).  Local reports can include comparisons with the whole district. Image Image Image
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Full report

We will also work with you to produce an in-depth report analysing and commenting on your results.

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The report can include more detailed analysis than for schools, including a breakdown by categories to match your planning processes.  The report can include additional analysis to explore what is going on under the surface, for example, an analysis of inequalities.

 

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Other reports

Custom reports

We have occasionally been asked to produce a report from our data banks for a client, for example, the Time for Change report from OFSTED.

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Monographs

From time to time we have produced single-topic reports from our databanks for publication, including titles on drugs, weapons, bullying, emotional health and well-being, and toothbrushing.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Parents and Carers

This document was written by Cambridgeshire PSHE team to help parents and carers understand more about the lifestyle survey being carried out in schools.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS and CARERS
Why does the survey ask for our postcode and does this mean we can be identified?
The postcode can not identify individual homes and is only used to look at the information about young people's health in local communities. This is very useful for the health authority (NHS Cambridgeshire) who need information to help them target their resources and support most effectively. Schools, too, can work with their Locality Teams to identify parts of their communities which may need extra support and care.
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Why is my child asked if they have free school meals?
The government has set Cambridgeshire tough targets to reduce inequalities in health and achievement for young people. We know that, generally speaking, young people from homes with lower than average incomes may achieve less well and have more problems in terms of their health and wellbeing, although, clearly, this is not always the case. The government's chosen indicator for this group of young people is those who have free school meals and there are plans and programmes to give them and their families additional support. Being able to look at the survey information for this group of young people in our communities can help us see if these programmes are really helping and judge what more could and should be done.
Won't some questions upset and worry my child?
Young people are always told that they do not have to answer any questions with which they are uncomfortable and most of the more sensitive questions have a "Rather not say" option. Young people are reassurred that, although important, the survey is not an "exam" or "test" of them. It is carefully explained that the information will help improve services designed for them. Our experience is that young people find the survey and the areas it covers interesting and stimulating for discussion.
Why are young people asked for their height and weight?
There is a government led programme in place to reduce obesity in young people and encourage healthy eating and exercise This is a sensitive issue for individual young people and their families. This information will help health professionals see if there are links between young people who are over or under weight for their age and other health issues and behaviour: for example, the number of young people who eat breakfast before coming to school in the morning. This will help them judge what approaches might make a difference in providing sensitive support for young people and families.
Is the survey reliable? Surely some young people will lie?
Yes some probably will. But we take a lot of trouble to stress the importance of honest answers and this is reinforced by emphasising that the survey is genuinely anonymous. Even if some do lie, the size of the sample means that it would take a lot of young people to lie in one way to change the results.
Is this just more information that will end up in a computer somewhere never to be seen again?
We are a busy and fully committed school and we would not give our staff and pupils any more work to do if we didn't feel it was of real benefit to us and what we do. We know this information will help us meet the needs of our young people and their families better. Also we are committed to sharing it with you to support our partnership of care for young people. Young people who are worried will be directed towards further support and advice if they wish.

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