Good Practice

SHEU : nationally-recognised, since 1977,
as the specialist provider of reliable local survey data about young people's health and wellbeing

Plymouth City Council A number of reports were produced following the 2014 Plymouth Schools Health Related Behaviour survey as part of Pymouth’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Plymouth
Guernsey Education/Health Departments Over the past twenty years the Education Department and the Health and Social Services Department have worked with the School's Health Education Unit (SHEU) to develop a profile of young people in Guernsey. Guernsey
Ealing Borough Council In 2013 the sixth Ealing HRBS took place. It gives a detailed overview of the health, well-being and behaviour choices of children and young people across Ealing. Ealing
Sunderland Council Drinking alcohol among school-age children has seen a steady decline in Sunderland over the last 14 years. Sunderland
Essex Schools Health Education Unit Survey The well-being survey is now in its seventh year and is building a good knowledge of trends on the well-being of children and young people in Essex. Essex
North Yorkshire "Growing up in North Yorkshire" Survey A countywide survey of school pupils known as the Growing up in North Yorkshire Survey is undertaken on a biennial basis. This important survey captures reliable information about the lifestyles of over 15,000 children and young people in North Yorkshire.  North Yorkshire

See also SHEU & JSNA

Hertfordshire County Council Health Related Behaviour Survey to support the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 2012
Cambridgeshire Healthy Schools The Cambridgeshire Enhanced Healthy Schools Programme Cambridgeshire Enhanced
NHS East Sussex and East Sussex County Council Supporting the health of young people in East Sussex East Sussex 2012
Gateshead Survey A total of 2075 pupils took part in 29 primary schools and 6 secondary schools Gateshead
Bristol Bristol Every Child Matters Survey Bristol
Wakefield District Public Health team Childrens survey HRBQ profiles Wakefield
North Yorkshire Every Child Matters - Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire The survey is wide ranging and takes in the views of 16,000 children and young people. The survey reports are disseminated to schools, the Children and Young People's Service and the Children's Trust, on a bi-annual basis since 2006. North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Children and Young People's Service An article, from the journal Education and Health, about the N.Yorks. Every Child Matters - Health Related Behaviour survey North Yorkshire ECM survey
Bath & NE Somerset SHEU Health Behaviour Questionnaire BaNES 2011
Newcastle City Council & NHS North of Tyne Young people in Newcastle: A focus on Smoking Newcastle 2011
Guernsey Parents and Carers Survey 2011 It was the first survey of parents and carers to be undertaken in the Channel Islands on the role of parents Guernsey 2011
Hertfordshire Children's Trust & Healthy Schools Every Child Matters in Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 2010
Milton Keynes In 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011, Milton Keynes secondary schools took part and were provided with their own confidential reports about their pupils’ health and wellbeing. Milton Keynes
Cumbria Children's Services and Public Health The Health Related Behavioural Survey work was commissioned by Cumbria Children's Services and Public Health, NHS Cumbria as a way of collecting robust information about young people's knowledge, attitudes and behaviours as well as sources of information and support. Cumbria
Sunderland Young People Survey 2010 Over 3000 young people aged 8 to 15 were involved in the survey Sunderland 2010
Healthy Schools Cornwall Healthy Schools Plus and the Healthy Schools enhancement model survey Healthy Schools Cornwall
NHS Knowlsey and Children and Young People's
Supporting the Health of Young People in Knowsley Knowsley 2010
Dudley Young People's Lifestyle Survey National Indicators and Health Related Behaviour Survey National Indicators pdf
Guernsey Young People's Survey 2010 1500 pupils in Years 6, 8, 10&12 answered 100 questions on behaviour, views and attitudes to life in Guernsey Guernsey 2010
NHS Bradford and Airedale & Bradford MBC Health and Lifestyle Survey for Children and Young People Bradford 2010
Lewisham Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire Lewisham 2010
East Sussex PSHE & Healthy Schools Team Health Related Behaviour Survey and reports East Sussex report 2008
Worcestershire County Council School survey in 2004 2007 and 2009 SHEU survey
The Association of Public Health Observatories
SHEU contributed research Indications of Public Health in the English Regions - Alcohol
Stonewall - The School Report SHEU hosted on online survey and collated the results



Herefordshire County Council Young People's Health and Lifestyle Survey




Ofsted commissioned SHEU to provide research evidence from its behavioural surveys for this new report: 'Time for Change? Personal, social and health education'
Health Protection Agency and the Association of Public Health Observatories
Report: Indications of Public Health in the English Regions. 6: Sexual Health
SHEU provided unique data relating to 30,381 pupils aged 14-15 years old Sexual Health
Extracts from report
National Healthy School Standard
Evaluation of the impact of the NHSS by NFER and TCRU on behalf of the DH and DfES
"The most fruitful of the pupil databases explored was that derived from responses to the Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ)" Evaluation of NHSS
Extracts from report
Healthy Schools Partnerships: Making a difference
A North West briefing paper
Comparison of 9000 pupils' replies to SHEU survey Website no longer available
Kirklees Healthy College Scheme
pdf extract with thanks to FEnow, The Independent and the Association of Colleges
Source of data from Students Health Education Unit surveys FEnow
Ofsted Source of data from 'Young People in 2004' for Ofsted's 2005 report Drug Education in Schools
East Midlands Public Health Observatory
Patterns of physical activity in the East Midlands population
The report identifies the work carried out by SHEU in schools in the East Midlands. Physical Activity Report
Ofsted Research for 'Sex and relationships education in schools' report Sex and Relationships
Education in Schools
National Healthy School Standard Dudley ‘Lifestyle Survey’ using HRBQ School Nursing p. 36
Case Study
South West Public Health Observatory The report used data on nearly 40,000 pupils from 1986-2000 in the South West. Smoking in the South West of England
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health & Education Partnerships Many years of HRBQ surveys illustrated by this newsletter WellConnected
Walsall Health Authority HRBQ school survey data informing preventative health strategies 2002 Annual Report p. 24-28 Growing up in Walsall
Education and Health
is a journal published by SHEU since 1983
HRBQ used in Solihull, Camelford, Hartlepool and Basildon to help work towards the NHSS Education and Health
Hertfordshire CC Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board Hertfordshire Sex and Relationships Survey Hertfordshire 2006



Comments about SHEU

"You have made a fantastic contribution to children’s health education and promotion. I am personally grateful to you for helping to kickstart my research career." Prof. Neil Armstrong tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Prof Neil Armstrong

"Our use of the Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire was commended as part of our accreditation for the National Healthy Schools Scheme." 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

"One year (following the SHEU survey) responses from our Year 4 cohort caused us concern, so we put in place a number of team building, motivational projects. We then assessed their effectiveness by requesting the SHEU questionnaires for these pupils as Year 5's."

Learning Mentor

 “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

"Many thanks for a major contribution to the health of children in the UK and elsewhere over many years and putting in place the continuation of the Unit." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Director of Public Health

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your work regarding writing and compiling the sex education survey. The survey was well executed and the schools have found their individual reports very helpful. The results of the survey have enabled the Local Campaign Group to justify the need for young men's campaigns and given us invaluable insight as to the thoughts and experiences of this target group."

Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Manager

"Within the curriculum, we are part of the Healthy Schools programme - and the local, Director of Public Health Award. We cover many facets of health from emotional intelligence to safety education and our very strong, Anti-Bullying and Child Protection programmes. You can imagine our delight when the Local Authority and our school nurse made the following comments after we took part in the regional Schools Health Education Unit Survey: " Head Teacher.
“This was an amazing set of outcomes and really good evidence that (your school) is doing a wonderful job in prioritizing the health and well-being of its pupils … Well done to staff, governors and parents for all your work on this through the Director of Public Health award and other strategies. It is very clear that pupils feel happy, safe and involved at the school and your caring ethos shines through this data.”
Healthy Schools Coorduinator.


Headteacher & Healthy Schools Coordinator

"I would like to say how much we appreciated the work you and your team have put in to this project, a big thank you for the excellent reports that you have completed on our behalf." Assistant Director of Public Health

Assistant Director of Public Health

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

School Drugs Advisor