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

Surveys - Who?

Who commissions SHEU surveys? Public Health / Drug Action Teams / Local Authoroities/Children's Services / Schools / Colleges

Who completes SHEU surveys? Pupils and Students / Parents/Carers / Staff

 

Who commissions SHEU surveys?

Public Health

Health and Wellbeing Boards, Primary Care Trusts, Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and Local Health Boards (LHB) use our services to provide base-line data about the health related behaviour of young people in their area. Often, in partnership with other agencies, people in Public Health  use the results to inform their programme and service planning.

Directors of Public Health often take the lead on the collecting of data for local needs assessment and health promotion and our services support their work including results in the Director's Annual Reports.

The report 'Supporting the Health of Young People in Your Area' is an example of how the survey results can support your work and inform you and your partners.

[More information for Public Health]

DATs

We have worked hard to ensure that our secondary questionnaires provide the type of information that is useful to Drug Action Teams. Our general questionnaire V23 has been scrutinised by a number of DAT partners for its validity and usefulness. The resulting data are now finding their way, more than ever before, into DATs Young People's Substance Misuse Plans. Repeat survey strategies are being identified in order to monitor behaviour.

[More information for DATs]

LAs

Local Authorities have commissioned SHEU surveys to support:

  • Healthy Schools Programme
  • PSHE and Citizenship work
  • Baseline and monitoring information for Joint Area Reviews
  • Partnership working with Public Health

Over the years many local authorities have used our nationally recognised survey services to provide robust local data. They include:


 

Barnet Blackburn with Darwen Bromley
Camden Chorley Derbyshire
Derwentside Dudley Ealing
East Sussex Essex Devon
Guernsey Hartlepool Herefordshire
Hertfordshire Knowsley Leicester City
Lewisham Luton Manchester
Milton Keynes North Yorkshire Peterborough
Solihull Stockport  

You can see an example of the type of summary report we currently produce for the authorities commissioning our services. Schools and colleges involved receive a comprehensive set of data and a comparative report about their own students which is a valuable resource for curriculum planning for school's OFSTED self evaluation forms and college's healthy college development.

The database that arises from our survey work provides information, valuable for Joint Area Reviews, that is also shared among joint commissioning bodies, as well as Healthy School and College programmes. Commissions have been made, separately or together, in connection with:
Joint Area Reviews Children and Young People's Plans (CYPP)
Healthy Schools Teenage Pregnancy
Children's Services PSHE
Education Services Drug Action Teams
Children's Trusts  
and work with Public Health and Primary Care Trusts

A repeat survey strategy is being used to reflect the changing nature of the needs of the local young population and support local plans as they develop.

If you would like one of my team to attend a meeting to explain our surveys and to answer any specific questions you may have, please let us know directly:

Angela Balding
Survey Manager
T: 01392 667272
E: angela.balding@sheu.org.uk

Schools

We have versions for early primary and later primary pupils.

A longer and more thorough questionnaire can be designed for secondary-age pupils.

Colleges

Since 2000, SHEU has been developing services for FE & 6th Form Colleges. A student survey instrument has been successfully trailed and piloted with Colleges. A free online survey has been offered to colleges. A confidential databank is developing and currently holds information from students about their attitudes and lifestyle behaviours in relation to health. This unique resource enables comparisons to be made across a range of questions. Not only would colleges have information with regard to your students you may also have comparative, anonymous data from students in your region or elsewhere.

[More information for Colleges]

Who completes SHEU surveys?

Pupils and Students

Since 1977, over a million questionnaires have been completed by young people with SHEU. 

"I've never looked at myself before", said one.

Our questionnaires are all designed for a specific group:

  • Early Primary
  • Later Primary
  • Secondary
  • Sixth Form and FE College students
  • HE and University Students

Parents and carers

Our parent surveys have mostly been perception surveys rather than lifestyle surveys, although we have done both.
They can be completed on paper or online, and can be customised to suit your situation.

Staff

We have carried out work with staff wellbeing: for instance, see our example staff wellbeing survey.

Topics: 

Comments about SHEU

"We would like to take part in the next ECM survey. We have found the data produced invaluable for supporting evidence in our SEF etc."

School Vice Principal

"I would like to say that this survey was very useful and made me realise things about PE and health that I had never realised before......Food at school is groovy, especially if your school does Jamie Olivers School Dinners. Viva apples and thanks for the survey." Female pupil, 13 yrs old

Female pupil, 13yrs

"We did this last year with Year 8 and 10 and was incredibly useful. It is WELL worth doing and so useful to inform PSHE planning. The safeguarding audit team were delighted that we had done it. The findings are so so interesting.
"The findings are really comprehensive and range from what percentage of year 8 have breakfast in the morning to how many have tried this particular drug, to identity, health and sleep patterns, mental health, citizenship issues....
"It's essential for the PSHE and pastoral curriculum."

PSHCEE coordinator

I've just spent a really interesting half an hour reading through our ...survey (report). Always food for thought and a good way to look at how we can improve.

Headteacher

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

Any comments on specific survey questions that may have caused difficulty?
All questions are clearly worded and easy to answer

Class teacher

"The Unit has a unique historical and contemporary archive of young people." Prof. Ted Wragg 1938-2005

Prof Ted Wragg, 1938-2005

"The Schools Health Education Unit has been a unique inspiration to all of us. For me, as I have worked in the many different areas of the NHS, the SHEU, its principles and your determination have always been a cornerstone in what a health promoting service should be about."
PCT Performance Manager paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

PCT Performance Manager

“(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

"The children found the survey very interesting and enjoyed doing it." Class Teacher

Class teacher