Frequently Asked Questions - Pupils and Students

What's the point?
We are doing this questionnaire because we want some information that will help our school make sure we give you a programme of health education that is right for you and other people in the school.  The information will also help the NHS in planning health care and health education for young people.
Who is behind it?
The survey is being organised by the local NHS, Children's Services and other organisations concerned with young people.
Our school, along with several others, has agreed to take part in this survey for young people. 
The survey is being organised through SHEU, an independent research organisation in Exeter who have been working with young people since 1977.
What is this survey?
The survey is about your health and habits, and what you think about some health and social issues.  It is one of the biggest health surveys in the country, and each year since 1986 tens of thousands of people your age have taken part.
Do I have to answer every question? Do I have to be honest?
It is really important that the information collected must be accurate; therefore we want only your honest answers.  For example, if you did not wash your hair yesterday, even though you normally do every day, please tell us the true answer for yesterday.  
You need not feel vulnerable by being honest:

  • The questionnaire is anonymous, which means that you don't have to put your name or address anywhere on the survey.
  • The questionnaire is confidential, which means that only you will see your answers.  No one in this school will look at your answers, and at the end of the session, all the booklets will be collected together and sent away, like in an examination.  All the completed questionnaires will be destroyed in Exeter.
  • The questionnaire is not a test and you can ask for help whenever you need it.  If you have someone come to your place to help, make sure they can't see your answers.
  • The results that come back to the school will show only the overall results for the boys and girls in each year group.  No one can be identified in the computer printout.

Of course, you can leave out any question that you really don't want to answer, but we hope you will want to take part and enjoy the exercise.
If you do not want to take part in this study at all, please let your teacher know.
Who gets to see my answers?
The results of the survey will be sent back to the school but there is no way that anyone else can find out your answers. 
We also hope that you will have a chance to discuss some of the overall results in class lessons.
 
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