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Pupils and students can still complete on paper, if you prefer

Questionnaires are fetched by secure courier and logged in the SHEU offices

Questions are composed collaboratively with clients and designed with the pupils and students in mind

FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions - Pupils and Students

What's the point?
We are doing this questionnaire because we want some information that will help our school make sure we give you a programme of health education that is right for you and other people in the school.  The information will also help the NHS in planning health care and health education for young people.
Who is behind it?
The survey is being organised by the local NHS, Children's Services and other organisations concerned with young people.
Our school, along with several others, has agreed to take part in this survey for young people. 
The survey is being organised through SHEU, an independent research organisation in Exeter who have been working with young people since 1977.
What is this survey?
The survey is about your health and habits, and what you think about some health and social issues.  It is one of the biggest health surveys in the country, and each year since 1986 tens of thousands of people your age have taken part.
Do I have to answer every question? Do I have to be honest?
It is really important that the information collected must be accurate; therefore we want only your honest answers.  For example, if you did not wash your hair yesterday, even though you normally do every day, please tell us the true answer for yesterday.  
You need not feel vulnerable by being honest:

  • The questionnaire is anonymous, which means that you don't have to put your name or address anywhere on the survey.
  • The questionnaire is confidential, which means that only you will see your answers.  No one in this school will look at your answers, and at the end of the session, all the booklets will be collected together and sent away, like in an examination.  All the completed questionnaires will be destroyed in Exeter.
  • The questionnaire is not a test and you can ask for help whenever you need it.  If you have someone come to your place to help, make sure they can't see your answers.
  • The results that come back to the school will show only the overall results for the boys and girls in each year group.  No one can be identified in the computer printout.

Of course, you can leave out any question that you really don't want to answer, but we hope you will want to take part and enjoy the exercise.
If you do not want to take part in this study at all, please let your teacher know.
Who gets to see my answers?
The results of the survey will be sent back to the school but there is no way that anyone else can find out your answers. 
We also hope that you will have a chance to discuss some of the overall results in class lessons.
 
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Comments about SHEU

"The service you provide is of national significance." Health Development Agency

Health Development Agency

"The system works and I find quite a lot of it useful in my work. I've also recommended it to others."

Teenage Pregnancy Manager

"We use the data to inform whole school practice: Pastoral programmes for target groups of pupils; Items for discussion with School Council; Information to help us achieve the Healthy School gold standard; To develop and dicuss with pupils our Anti-Bullying Policy; Targeted whole class sessions with the Police Community Support Officers; To share pupil perceptions of all aspects of their school life with parents, staff and governers." 

Learning Mentor

"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

"The Schools Health Education Unit has been a unique inspiration to all of us. For me, as I have worked in the many different areas of the NHS, the SHEU, its principles and your determination have always been a cornerstone in what a health promoting service should be about."
PCT Performance Manager paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

PCT Performance Manager

I would just like to say thank you very much to Angela, yourself and all of the SHEU team for making the [survey] so successful. The survey has been well received and we are using data in new ways to help support work on local Public Health priorities.

Senior Public Health Specialist

 “The (SHEU survey) helped us to prioritise where we needed to be in terms of PSHE education. We delivered assemblies based on the evidence as well as curriculum development, and dealt with whole school issues – particularly in regard to pastoral care. The answers received to the question on the survey “Who are you most likely to approach if you needed help” worried staff as “teacher” was not a popular answer. Subsequently the staff asked themselves why this had happened and what needed to be done to address the issue. There was more emphasis on wider aspects of PSHE education delivery, which needed more attention.

To summarise, the (SHEU survey) allows the PSHE department to assess the impact of teaching and learning and modify future lessons accordingly. It allows our school to look at whole school issues such as the extent to which the pastoral care system is meeting the needs of our pupils. It helps us to do need analysis of our pupils. It helps to provide important evidence for SEF / the extent to which we are meeting wellbeing indicators / National Healthy School standards.”  

Secondary School Head

"This is an excellent way of keeping up to date belt and braces style."

School Drugs Advisor

"The children found the survey very interesting and enjoyed doing it." Class Teacher

Class teacher

"The Schools Health Education Unit has gained a reputation as one of the most reliable sources of information about young people's health." BBC

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