Trends - Emotional Health and Well-being (including Bullying)

Emotional Health & Well-being (including Bullying) 1983-2003

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The following is a summary of the report written in 2004 by SHEU covering the period 1983-2003

When looking over the figures from twenty years, we find that young people in recent years are...

* less likely to keep problems to themselves, although around 25% of 14-15 year old males still keep family problems and problems with friends to themselves
* less likely to share family problems with a friend, although this option has always been the most popular for older females
* less likely to be bullied as a result of a particular event, although up to 17% of 10-11 year old females report being 'called nasty names, often/every day in the last month'
* less likely to worry about the 'way they look' although it is still reported to be the main problem for around 50% of 14-15 year old females
* less likely to worry about HIV/AIDS (in 1993, 34% of older females worried 'quite a lot/a lot' and in 2003 this figure has reduced to 8%)
* more likely to share school problems with mum and dad, or a teacher or a friend more pupils are getting higher self-esteem scores and 14-15 year old males score the highest
* more likely to worry 'quite a lot/ a lot' about school and career problems - up to 39% (2001) of older females worried about these problems
* more likely to feel in control of their health, with males scoring higher than females
* more likely to feel more satisfied with their lives - 15% more 12-13 year old females report being satisfied 'a lot' (12% in 1995 to 27% in 2003)

...when compared with figures from previous years.


Comments about SHEU

"The system works and I find quite a lot of it useful in my work. I've also recommended it to others."

Teenage Pregnancy Manager

I would be extremely interested to see the results as I know how useful this information has been to the other schools in the


"Over the last twenty years you have achieved much. The surveys and subsequent reports have painted the clearest picture we have of what young people are doing and what they think." Tribute from OFSTED to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005


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Class teacher

"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

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

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

School Drugs Advisor

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National Association for Environmental Education

"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

"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