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Angela Balding - Survey Manager

Angela Balding is the Survey Manager at SHEU and is your first point of contact for all enquiries about our survey services.

Please email Angela or contact by telephone on 01392 667272.

Young People on their own

We're working hard on the production of our once-annual reports following the retirement of David McGeorge last year, but we're realising how much work he used to put in!

But we've compiled all the aggregate data sets, and have produced most of the tables, and have had a peek at what the results are telling us.

Sample sizes:

Happy birthday to us! SHEU at 40

SHEU is 40!

We were founded in 1977 by John Balding in the University of Exeter.

We went independent in 1997 and 2017 is our 40th birthday, so at today's staff meeting we had a cake.

 

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School-based drama #PSHE health and wellbeing #theatreineducation links to research

There are a number of reports, research papers and articles that explore school-based drama and health education. Effectiveness, process and theoretical issues sit alongside reports of pupils' positive experiences and the calls for appropriate measurements of the long-term effects. Follow the link for more details

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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Young People into 2014 [summary]

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

TWENTY EIGHTH YEAR OF DATA ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE [SUMMARY]

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

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

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

TWENTY EIGHTH YEAR OF DATA ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE

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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