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 credit goes to you for the fabulous information the survey yields!"

Assistant Director Schools and SEN

"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

...our analyst here in Public Health- is beside himself with excitement about all the juicy data pouring in...he can't wait to get his hands on it!!!!
He is happier than I have seen him for years.

Public Health Principal

"The data from the 2018/19 survey is still in heavy use here, the physical activity related findings were pivotal in changing the relevant strategy recently to target less active groups like girls towards the end of secondary school, and I’ve three fairly hefty jobs on the to-do list that will use the data with other sources to identify target schools for mental health and physical activity projects, and another looking at community safety. I call it the gift that keeps giving and that certainly seems to be the case!"

Senior Public Health Specialist (Intelligence)

"The Schools Health Education Unit is the jewel in the crown of the Health Education Authority." Major General Sir John Acland 1928 - 2006

Major General Sir John Acland

"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

 “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

“(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 survey reports have been used to inform commissioning at specific commissioning groups. They are also being used within our Extended Schools Clusters and to inform The Annual Public Health and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment." Programme Manager - Young People

"The data from last time were spot-on and we have done lots of work with it. We are very keen to repeat the survey." Headteacher

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