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

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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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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Comments about SHEU

"This is an excellent way of keeping up to date belt and braces style."

School Drugs Advisor

"The Unit produces an invaluable body of knowledge... providing exceptional information across time and throughout the country." Kelloggs

Kelloggs

I've just spent a really interesting half an hour reading through our ...survey (report). Always food for thought and a good way to look at how we can improve.

Headteacher

"I really appreciate the professional service which SHEU offers.  We have had a great experience working with Angela on the school surveys." 

Health Improvement Specialist

"As a result of the survey we reviewed and amended PSHE schemes of work, we are currently working on a "Green Travel Plan", a morning breakfast club was established and we further developed 6th Form mentoring."

Health Education Coordinator

"We use the data to inform whole school practice: Pastoral programmes for target groups of pupils; Items for discussion with School Council; Information to help us achieve the Healthy School gold standard; To develop and dicuss with pupils our Anti-Bullying Policy; Targeted whole class sessions with the Police Community Support Officers; To share pupil perceptions of all aspects of their school life with parents, staff and governers." 

Learning Mentor

"On behalf of all the health promoters in Scotland I would like to say a big thank to you and your colleagues for your excellent work over the years. This includes not only your survey work but your role as a visiting examiner in Scotland and adviser on course development."
Tribute from a Health Commissioner to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Commissioner

"I really think that the HRBQ is a wonderful piece of work in terms of getting useful information for so many different organisations in one go." Healthy Children's Research and Statistics Officer

Research and Statistics Officer

"We're very happy to commission another survey from you. Our colleagues in School Improvement are dead keen to work with us on this. 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."

Local Authority Senior Adviser

"...the only question to cause a problem was 'has everyone got a pen?" Supervisor's notes following a school survey

Supervisor's Notes