Testing times

"Local commissioning" is a commonly used phrase, and our political parties all seem agreed that it's a good idea (as witnessed in their various annual conferences this month). But how can you apply that concept to health promotion for young people?

SHEU staff on the move

An unusual event occurred in July as we said goodbye to two long serving staff members.
Di Bish retired and Dan Hawkins moved on. They are pictured with SHEU founder John Balding.

SHEU views the moves

SHEU has moved to:
3 Manaton Court, Manaton Close, Matford, Exeter EX2 8PF. Tel. (01392) 66 72 72.
SHEU is an independent organisation and was founded in 1977 by John Balding.
Originally known as The Schools Health Education Unit the Company originated and was developed within the University of Exeter until 1998 and then moved to offices in Renslade House, Exeter where it lived until 2008.
The offices in Matford, Exeter are easily accessible by road links.

21 years of 14-15 year olds drinking

SHEU figures from 1985 show that more 14-15 year old males than 14-15 year old females consistently report drinking more than 10 units of alcohol ‘in the last seven days’.

Over the years, there has been around a 5% ± difference between the two groups with no overall trend.

Local birth control service

Since 1993 we have asked thousands of 12-15 year olds…”Is there a special birth control (family planning) service for young people available locally?”
Those replying ‘Yes’ show an upward trend (see chart below left).
Those responding ‘Don’t know’ show a downward trend (see chart below right).

Hi from Krasnoyarsk

We've just received a postcard from Angela and David who have been visiting the Institute for the Psychology and Pedagogy of Development (IPPD) at Krasnoyarsk, capital of the Krasnoyarsk Krai in Siberia, Russia.

To Peter Griffiths on your retirement

David was recently privileged to attend a small invitation conference organised by Peter Griffiths, retiring head of PSHE at OFSTED. Peter was at his vigorous, generous best, and we welcome the appointment of Margaret Jones to the post. We look forward to her first visit to us in Exeter.

Vanessa Cooper

We were saddened to learn of the death of Vanessa Cooper.

Vanessa was such a warm and positive personality. Our thoughts are with her family, of course. She will also be greatly missed by the wider group of people who knew her in the PSHE community.

Happy Anniversary, SHEU

SHEU is 30 this year, having been established in St.Luke's School of Education (now part of the University of Exeter) in 1977.

Reasonably matched

SHEU have been publishing from our accumulated databanks in our 'Young People in...' series since 1986, and more recently in our 'Trends' series. We have been offering a little 'health warning' with these reports, as follows:

Each year we produce a report in the Young People series, and however careful we are to describe the populations involved in the surveys, the total picture is often referred to by the media as ‘national data’.
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