SHEU and authorities

SHEU work with survey commissioners across England

We provide local data about young people

 

 

" 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

 

 

" ... almost 10,000 children and young people across Somerset participated in a Health and Wellbeing survey." Somerset

 

 

" ... robust information about children and young people’s lifestyles ... now in its ninth year the findings are being used to inform Essex's annual needs assessment for children’s services, identify baseline data, and inform targets, service evaluation and improvement." Essex

 

 

" ... The HRBQ is a self reported behaviours and perceptions questionnaire, conducted in schools in Newcastle with Years 4 and 6 and years 8 and 10." Newcastle

 

 

" ... The sixth Ealing Health Related Behaviour survey took place in October 2013 and a total of 10,665 pupils took part from 14 high schools and 54 primary schools. Schools received their reports in January 2014." Ealing

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To see links from local authorities showing how they use SHEU survey findings for JSNA planning, try searching Google for SHEU and JSNA

The questionnaire is implemented among pupils across a range of ages. This allows health service commissioners and health professionals such as school nurses to consider how both healthy and unhealthy behaviours emerge as children develop through adolescence and into adulthood. Comparison of findings with national average figures also allows consideration of whether different behaviours are contributing to observed health inequalities.” - Gateshead

 

“The survey, managed by the Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU), has a national reputation for its relevance across a wide range of important health and wellbeing issues. The survey, which is of immense value to schools in their evaluation of personal wellbeing, also provides data that supports strategic planning for children and young people across Cambridgeshire. Primary subscribers are offered the opportunity to participate in the survey every year. All Year 8s and Year 10s in Cambridgeshire secondary schools complete the survey every two years. This provision is funded by Public Health. How do Schools use it? Each school receives their own report and set of tables that compare their young people’s knowledge, behaviour, views and attitudes with those of young people in Cambridgeshire as a whole.”
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‘Useful for monitoring pupil wellbeing and evaluating what we are doing in school and to provide evidence for governors and others – LA and OFSTED’
‘We use HRBS as a means of addressing any issues that comes up in our school and need improving within the area of PSHE, both inside and outside of the classroom.  We also use it to measure the impact our current PSHE curriculum has on our children and if there are any gaps we need to fill.” - Cambridgeshire

 

“Perception measures can complement performance data to give a comprehensive view of an area and the (young) people residing there. It is important to monitor (their) perceptions to obtain an indication of people’s thoughts and opinions on local issues that may not necessarily be visible from performance data alone.” - Essex

 

“… it is important also to collect specific local information on various aspects of young people’s behaviour… SHEU (also) carries out similar surveys in a large number of areas across England each year using standard questions. Thus responses from local pupils can be compared to the average response across England in any given year”… “All responses are anonymous and completed questionnaires are sent directly to Exeter for analysis. Aggregate results are sent to participating schools and to NHS (name). In this way, findings can influence health policy and strategy at both school and district level.” - Sunderland

 

       
     

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Comments about SHEU

"The Schools Health Education Unit has gained a reputation as one of the most reliable sources of information about young people's health." BBC

BBC

"I have valued greatly the work I have done with the team in Exeter, it has been a highlight of my years here." Health Promotion Specialist

Health Promotion Specialist

"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

"We use the data to inform whole school practice: Pastoral programmes for target groups of pupils; Items for discussion with School Council; Information to help us achieve the Healthy School gold standard; To develop and dicuss with pupils our Anti-Bullying Policy; Targeted whole class sessions with the Police Community Support Officers; To share pupil perceptions of all aspects of their school life with parents, staff and governers." 

Learning Mentor

"Your work in developing the Health Related Behaviour Survey was ground breaking and has continued to evolve." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

"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

"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

"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 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

"Thank you very much, David, for another excellent survey.  We look forward to receiving our reports."

Healthy Schools Co-ordinator