Physical activity and academic achievement

SHEU are often asked questions, about Internet links to recent research, that contain a number of these keywords: physical activity, physical education, exercise, fitness, sport, school, attainment, academic, achievement, ability, performance, educational benefits.

The questions are usually straightforward and follow this example, "Is there a link between ..."

Physical activity, academic attainment and achievement

Physical activity, physical education, exercise, fitness, sport, school, ability, attainment, academic, achievement, performance and educational benefits.

SHEU are often asked questions, about Internet links to recent research, that contain a number of the above keywords.

The literature search has been updated and moved to - /content/page/sheu-literature-search

Young people enjoy school lessons

SHEU asked young people, "How many lessons do you enjoy at school?"

Data from 51,498 10-15 year olds show that the majority report enjoying 'most' or 'about half' of their school lessons.

Follow this link for a pdf of a page with more details from the "Young People into 2011" report.

This item is from the file "positive stories about young people from SHEU that have not yet received media attention".


Cricket helping bad behaviour and the brain structure of video gamers

Each month you can receive the SHEU research resource emails about young people's health and wellbeing.
This month's email about 11-16 year olds has many links including:

More monkey business

A postscript to my musings about home-made polls (/content/blog/home-made-online-surveys-can-make-monkey-us-all):

I've been having a quick whizz around trying to catch up with surveys about the quality of sex education, and found a headline:

Sex education should not be taught in schools, say more than half of parents

Would you believe a man with a beard or a suit?

...asks the BBC.

Or both?

Of course, on Radio, no-one can see your chin (LISTEN).  Someone I met from a technical Support Desk did say I was taller in real life than I sounded on the phone...

Young people, smoking and the influence of lessons

New research conducted on behalf of Department of Health reveals the anti-smoking attitudes of children.

PSHE lessons in school are usually the place where pupils find out information about many health issues including smoking.  The PSHE Association rightly point to the good work being done in PSHE to achieve this result.

Young people in the news

I was in Guernsey yesterday talking with press, politicians and other movers and shakers about a largely positive survey of parents and carers:


It included, as it happens, some questions about how young people are portrayed in the news media.  When I arrived, my host Alun Williams showed me a wince-making news story that we feared might come up in questions:

Guernsey Parents' and Carers' Survey 2011

We are pleased to announce the publication of the report for the Guernsey Parents' and Carers' Survey 2011.

A PDF of the report and the slideshow can be downloaded from


Williams, R & States of Guernsey Education Department (2011). Guernsey Parents' and Carer's Survey 2011. Exeter: SHEU.  ISBN 978 1 902445 42 3

"Students and mental health" - from the SHEU research resource

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"Students and mental health" appeared in October on the NHS Health News website. The authors analysed a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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