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

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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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

"Thanks for presenting the survey to local schools this morning, I just wanted to thank you for such interesting and thought-provoking information.  
I’m really glad we were able to take part - the information (particularly headline data and differences) will support us to have some really interesting questions with the Year group as a whole about the sense they’re making of this; what they think it might mean in terms of changes they might make, and what they need to support them in this."

Deputy Headteacher

...Many thanks for all your work with this year’s survey. It’s already proving to be invaluable especially against the severe cuts in services that are looming.

Health Promotion Manager

"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

"Thank you from my staff to you and all your staff. The speed of 'turn-around' of the questionnaires is outstanding in anyone's terms." Headteacher

Headteacher

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

Health Development Agency

"The children found the survey very interesting and enjoyed doing it." Class Teacher

Class teacher

Please could our College be part of the SHEU survey this academic year? We did it in 2016 and 2017 and found it incredibly informative and it helped us shape our PSHE provision.

Assistant Principal

"Brilliant - thank you Angela. As always you and your team are so proficient at getting our requests dealt with so promptly - it is a real pleasure to work with such a great organisation."

Health Improvement Adviser

"The credit goes to you for the fabulous information the survey yields!"

Assistant Director Schools and SEN

"The (named) Children and Young People's Partnership has benefitted from the results of the SHEU survey locally for many years now, and we should like to continue to do so in future."

Consultant in Public Health Medicine