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How many lessons do 12-15 year olds enjoy at school?

SHEU : nationally-recognised, since 1977,
as the specialist provider of reliable local survey data for schools and colleges


Since 2002, over 210,000 12-15 year olds have told SHEU about their attitudes to lessons.

In 2011, up to 35% of older pupils reported enjoying ‘most’ school lessons.

Chart 1 shows responses to the five points on the 'All of them' to 'Hardly any' scale.

Research news about kids and teenagers' health and wellbeing

This free service first developed in January 2006 and grew from SHEU's health and wellbeing research work with children and young people.
Now, each month, SHEU provide links to research abstracts and complete articles about 5-11, 11-16 and 16+ year olds.
For example :
Evaluation of a 5-year School-based County-wide Smoking Education Programme.
... and ...
Childhood aerobic fitness predicts cognitive performance one year later.
For the current research follow this link


Comments about SHEU

"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

"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


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

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

"Please send an additional copy of our report - it is the most requested and borrowed item in the whole library." Health Promotion Unit

Health Promotion Unit

"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

(Our) Senior team were very enthused with the rich source of data provided within the reports (and thought that the analyses including within the appendices section of the main reports were really interesting).

Health Improvement Specialist (Children, Schools and Families)

"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

Please could our College be part of the SHEU survey this academic year? We did it in 2016 and 2017 and found it incredibly informative and it helped us shape our PSHE provision.

Assistant Principal