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 - 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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Comments about SHEU

I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your talk at last week's conference.

Chief Executive, substance use charity

"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

Many thanks to you and your team for turning this around so quickly.
We really appreciate it, and also your extra support with the administration this time.

PSHE Lead Advisor

"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

My school took part in the Health Survey last year and found it incredibly beneficial. It has been an invaluable tool for planning our PSHE/well being provision and actioning our school development plan.

Primary School Wellbeing Lead

"I very much value the contribution the Health Related Behaviour Survey has made to the public health agenda and feel confident it will continue to do so." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Director of Public Health

"The Schools Health Education Unit is the jewel in the crown of the Health Education Authority." Major General Sir John Acland 1928 - 2006

Major General Sir John Acland

"Many thanks for all of the fantastic information that you have sent to me over the years, it has really helped me to plan relevant courses for my students to follow and to help me to focus on the needs of the students I teach."

PSHE teacher

“(The SHEU survey) was very, very useful. It gave us reassurance we weren’t missing a trick. For example not many pupils in the sample year groups were taking illegal drugs, which re-enforced our opinions. But the survey also raised issues and flagged some things up. We discovered that some of our girls weren’t eating enough – the percentage of girls in our school not eating lunch the day before the survey was higher than the county average. There were other concerns too, specifically around cigarettes, alcohol and attendance.
The school used this data and took a number of actions to address it. More female peer mentors were put in place and the school asked NEXUS (the Extended Schools service) for help, so they developed a programme for girls which addressed their eating patterns, healthy eating, sex education and self-esteem issues.
We ran an anti-bullying group for Year 9 as a preventative measure, based upon data provided by our current Year 10 students.
The travel data revealed that a high number of pupils took the car to school so we involved the BIKE-IT scheme who ran assemblies, brought in their bikes (including one with a pedal-powered smoothie maker!), and raised awareness of health and green issues.
The information about how happy the students were with their lives raised some concerns as far fewer girls were as happy as the boys, so work was done around developing aspirations, role-models and self-esteem."        
 

Deputy Head, Secondary School

"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