Online seminar

We have always thought that it's important to help teachers think through the process of conducting a survey in their schools, but we recognise that time is ever in shorter supply and that attending a meeting is not always convenient for teachers.

Schools taking part in our surveys are now able to attend a virtual seminar on our website. We can also support a drop-in online question-and-answer session which will be hosted on this page.

Leicester schools 2015 participation

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Leicester Health and Wellbeing Survey 2015

We are writing to invite your school to participate in an important Health and Wellbeing survey that we are undertaking of children and young people in Leicester. The purpose of the survey is to better understand the experiences and behaviour of children and young people and to help with planning relevant and responsive services for them.

The full letter is linked to this page below:
Leicester 2015 invitation to schools


Greater Manchester CTZN project

Project CTZN is a programme about safer relationships for young people led by Greater Manchester Police and funded by the Home Office.

The core of the CTZN programme is a mobile-based, digital platform (app), which will be the foundation of a social network created by and for young people. See

SHEU is supporting the administration of the project, in particular the Year 10 survey.

Letters and leaflets about the project are linked below.

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School Health research : SHEU local data about children & young people's health & WB and school nurses

sheu research about childen and young people

SHEU local data about children & young people's health & wellbeing used by school nurses /la

Can we trust the results?

No-one can guarantee that every answer given by every respondent in a survey is completely accurate and honest.  However, we can go a long way to improving our confidence in the figures by taking care over each aspect of the process:

Wellbeing & health children & young people's views since 1977 Schools Health Education Unit

What they say about SHEU : nationally-recognised, since 1977, as the specialist provider of reliable local survey data about young people's health and wellbeing

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Children and Young People's Health and Wellbeing surveys since 1977

Nationally-recognised as the specialist provider of reliable local survey data

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Young People into 2014

SHEU : nationally-recognised, since 1977,
as the specialist provider of reliable local survey data about young people's health and wellbeing


Example pages : Want to lose weight
Up to 32% 10-15 yr old boys want to lose weight

Example pages : Bullying
12-15 year olds      10-11 year olds

Example links:
14-15 yr olds and links between behaviours and characteristics

Example page : Perceptions of drinking water
78% of 14-15 yr old females report drinking less than 1 litre of water 'yesterday'

Example page : Perceptions of fitness
66% of 10-11 year old females think they are 'fit' or 'very fit'. This falls to 25% by the time they reach 14-15 years of age

Example page : Perceptions of drugs
As pupils get older fewer think that cannabis is 'always unsafe' and the 'safe if used properly' response being strongly associated with actual use


YP into '14 Don't miss the FREE RESOURCES PAGE

Revealed: how pressures of online life undermine teenage girls’ self-esteem :  The Observer, Sunday 9 November 2014

Social media blamed for crisis of confidence in British schoolgirls : The Telegraph

Survey shows steep drop in girls’ self-esteem : The Day   etc. etc.

This report, Young People into 2014, is a "unique contemporary archive" of young people from the Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU). Each year, since 1977, SHEU carry out healthy lifestyle surveys with young people and, in 2013, this involved over 58,000 youngsters. This report contains over 100 health-related behaviour questions and answers from over 30,000 pupils between the ages of 10 and 15. They tell us about what they do at home, at school, and with their friends. The data have been collected from primary and secondary schools across England. The report is the 28th in the series.

What's new and different in Young People into 2014?
Some of the differences are not new – they are continuations of trends that we have seen going on for some time.

Dr David Regis, Research Manager of the Schools Health Education Unit, says,
“We saw a peak of young people's use of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis in the mid-1990s, and since then there has been a general decline in use.  We have seen a shift too in their perceptions of the dangers of cannabis.  Whether they have been deterred from experimentation by good drugs education or have been attracted to other pastimes – perhaps online – we cannot tell from these figures, but it's good news regardless."
“We have always been concerned about the emotional wellbeing of young people.  A while ago we took stock of young people's emotional wellbeing as seen in our figures (SHEU, 2005).  At the time, we were fairly sanguine, as we thought that, while different worries came and went, young people's self-esteem was holding up well and even increasing.  We suspect that this is no longer the case: the data series shows a peak in the percentage of Year 10 females scoring in the highest bracket of self-esteem scores in 2007, but the figures in that group have since declined (see p.96).”

Chart: Percentage of young people scoring in highest bracket of self-esteem scores,1985-2013, SHEU aggregate figures, by age and sex

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