Frequently Asked Questions - Schools and Colleges

Why survey?
What questions can we ask?
What do we get back?
How much does it cost?
Who gets to see the results?
What about child protection?
 
Why survey?
Why this survey?
If a school’s teaching staff can obtain reliable information about the behaviour of pupils in areas related to their healthy development, they can redesign courses in health education to make them more relevant to current needs.
Teachers’ beliefs about the way of life of the youngsters in their charge can be  based on unrepresentative knowledge of those familiar to them, or distorted reporting through the media or the grapevine. The questionnaire, by making it possible to have a more objective picture, has resulted in the following outcomes:

  • Timing of courses may be changed
  • Courses or lessons may be dropped from programmes
  • New courses or lessons may be designed
  • Recent survey material is often used as a focus in class
  • Useful outside support for work is often identified
  • The selection of methods and materials may be influenced
  • Deciding on priorities for action for Healthy Schools programme
  • Use of results in writing SEF and use of SHEU surveys quoted by OFSTED
     

What questions can we ask?
We have a variety of off-the-shelf questionnaires, from short pupil 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.
 
What do we get back?
We will show you 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.
We can also show you your results compared with other schools from your local area, with results from your previous surveys, or with a twinned school from another country!
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We have designed a special report designed to support completion of your School Self-Evaluation Form for OFSTED .
If you want a different sort of report, let us know!
 
How much does it cost?
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 using questionnaire booklets with secondary school pupils in two year groups.
We will work hard to accommodate your needs inside your budget: give us a call!
Costs can be reduced by using a shorter questionnaire, asking fewer subjects, doing the survey online and using an existing questionnaire.
If we give you an estimate, there will be no hidden extras like set-up fees or airport taxes to pay.
 
Who gets to see the results?
Online survey results are protected by a password that we will give you but that you can change.  If you change it, no-one at SHEU can tell what it is!  (But if you forget it, we can give you a new one.)
On paper, we will normally send a single copy of the tables and a single copy of the comparison report by post.  We can send anything by email if you would prefer.
If you are taking part in a district survey, you may have an agreement with the commissioners that selected people on their staff will get a copy of your results which they must treat as confidential.
No-one gets to see pupils' answers.
 
What about child protection?
If any pupil's answers raise child protection concerns, we will of course let you know.
 
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