Physical Activity

Measuring the impact of outdoor learning on the physical activity of school age children: The use of accelerometry

Jennie Aronsson, Sue Waite and Maria Tighe Clark. 2015. Measuring the impact of outdoor learning on the physical activity of school age children: The use of accelerometry. Education and Health 33(3),57-62.  PDF
 

 

One, Two, Three Strikes and You’re Out? Examining Youth Physical Activity in the Context of the Health Promoting Secondary Schools Model and Teacher Job Action

Joan Wharf Higgins, PJ Naylor, Kai Bellows Riecken, Sandra Gibbons, Ryan Rhodes, Lauren Sulz and Heather McKay. 2014. One, Two, Three Strikes and You’re Out? Examining Youth Physical Activity in the Context of the Health Promoting Secondary Schools Model and Teacher Job Action. Education and Health 32(3),110-117. PDF

Self-reported health and health behaviours of women students in an English and an American University: an explorative study

Heather Gage, Anastasia Snelling and Peter Williams. 2014. Self-reported health and health behaviours of women students in an English and an American University: an explorative study. Education and Health 32(3),103-109. PDF

“Spark Awareness, Brighten Futures”: Raising aspirations to tertiary education in disadvantaged communities through sport

Emma George, Edoardo Rosso, Katherine Burnard and Ellie Drew. 2014. “Spark Awareness, Brighten Futures”: Raising aspirations to tertiary education in disadvantaged communities through sport. Education and Health 32(3),80-84. PDF

Preventing smoking among nine to ten-year-old children using a novel school-based physical activity intervention: Overview of SmokeFree Sports

Joanne Trigwell, Ciara McGee, Helen Casstles, Rebecca Murphy, Lorna Porcellato, Michael Ussher and Lawrence Foweather. 2014. Preventing smoking among nine to ten-year-old children using a novel school-based physical activity intervention: Overview of SmokeFree Sports. Education and Health 32(3),93-102. PDF

Health-E-PALS: promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Lebanese school children - Intervention development

Carla Habib-Mourad, Helen Moore, Maya Nabhani Zeidan, Nahla Hwalla and Carolyn Summerbell. 2014. Health-E-PALS: promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Lebanese school children - Intervention development. Education and Health 32(1),3-8. PDF

 

 

An evaluation in UK schools of a classroom-based physical activity programme - TAKE 10! ®: A qualitative analysis of the teachers' perspective

Paul Gately, Claire Curtis and Rachel Hardaker. 2013. An evaluation in UK schools of a classroom-based physical activity programme - TAKE 10! ®: A qualitative analysis of the teachers' perspective. Education and Health 31(4),72-78. PDF

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Comments about SHEU

"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

"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." OFSTED 1998

OFSTED

"...the only question to cause a problem was 'has everyone got a pen?" Supervisor's notes following a school survey

Supervisor's Notes

"The (named) Children and Young People's Partnership has benefitted from the results of the SHEU survey locally for many years now, and we should like to continue to do so in future."

Consultant in Public Health Medicine

"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

We were all very impressed with the spreadsheet and can see that an incredible amount of work has gone into creating this!

Health Improvement Specialist

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

Class teacher

"I really think that the HRBQ is a wonderful piece of work in terms of getting useful information for so many different organisations in one go." Healthy Children's Research and Statistics Officer

Research and Statistics Officer

"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

“(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