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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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!
Click on a thumbnail picture to see a larger version in a new window.
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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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Comments about SHEU

"As a Deputy Head in a large secondary school I was involved in taking part in a city wide health and wellbeing survey over a period of six years. Completing the survey every two years grew in importance year on year, with the final cycle having a major impact on our SDP, PHSE curriculum, Ofsted outcomes and governor understanding.
Over the six year period we moved from a small sample in two tutor groups filling in a paper survey to two year groups completing an online survey. The reports produced give graphical analysis of a wide range of issues. As a result of the survey we increased the number of PSHE workshop days for students to address issues such as smoking, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-bullying workshops. The surveys helped Governors make a positive informed decision to allow Brook Advisory Clinic nurses on site to support students.
As a result of taking part and using the evidence provided we were able to offer more support for students which had a direct impact on improved attendance and outcomes."

Deputy Head Secondary School

"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

"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

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

School Drugs Advisor

 “The (SHEU survey) helped us to prioritise where we needed to be in terms of PSHE education. We delivered assemblies based on the evidence as well as curriculum development, and dealt with whole school issues – particularly in regard to pastoral care. The answers received to the question on the survey “Who are you most likely to approach if you needed help” worried staff as “teacher” was not a popular answer. Subsequently the staff asked themselves why this had happened and what needed to be done to address the issue. There was more emphasis on wider aspects of PSHE education delivery, which needed more attention.

To summarise, the (SHEU survey) allows the PSHE department to assess the impact of teaching and learning and modify future lessons accordingly. It allows our school to look at whole school issues such as the extent to which the pastoral care system is meeting the needs of our pupils. It helps us to do need analysis of our pupils. It helps to provide important evidence for SEF / the extent to which we are meeting wellbeing indicators / National Healthy School standards.”  

Secondary School Head

"I have never looked at myself in this way before." Pupil

Pupil

"We were talking about (the SHEU survey) data at our recent NSCoPSE Conference, for PSHE advisers and consultants. It would be really helpful if some of this powerful data and the trends could be shared in the consultation around the PSHE Review. Colleagues shared their very positive experiences of (the SHEU survey). It provides excellent evidence of behaviour change for children and young people and of the impact of PSHE and wider interventions."

Personal and Social Development Consultant

"Just to say a huge thank you for all your efforts in helping us with the Health survey amongst pupils. It has provided us with significant data which will be used across the school to help us improve. It helped us to obtain a healthy schools standard as well. I hope we can make this an annual feature as we can track the changing health of our pupils." Headteacher

Headteacher

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

Assistant Director Schools and SEN

"The data from the 2018/19 survey is still in heavy use here, the physical activity related findings were pivotal in changing the relevant strategy recently to target less active groups like girls towards the end of secondary school, and I’ve three fairly hefty jobs on the to-do list that will use the data with other sources to identify target schools for mental health and physical activity projects, and another looking at community safety. I call it the gift that keeps giving and that certainly seems to be the case!"

Senior Public Health Specialist (Intelligence)