Online survey: clear, friendly, responsive

Responses from questionnaires are stored in our databanks

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 - Schools and Colleges

Why survey?
What questions can we ask?
What do we get back?
How much does it cost?
Who gets to see the results?
What about child protection?
 
Why survey?
Why this survey?
If a school’s teaching staff can obtain reliable information about the behaviour of pupils in areas related to their healthy development, they can redesign courses in health education to make them more relevant to current needs.
Teachers’ beliefs about the way of life of the youngsters in their charge can be  based on unrepresentative knowledge of those familiar to them, or distorted reporting through the media or the grapevine. The questionnaire, by making it possible to have a more objective picture, has resulted in the following outcomes:

  • Timing of courses may be changed
  • Courses or lessons may be dropped from programmes
  • New courses or lessons may be designed
  • Recent survey material is often used as a focus in class
  • Useful outside support for work is often identified
  • The selection of methods and materials may be influenced
  • Deciding on priorities for action for Healthy Schools programme
  • Use of results in writing SEF and use of SHEU surveys quoted by OFSTED
     

What questions can we ask?
We have a variety of off-the-shelf questionnaires, from short pupil perceptions surveys to longer lifestyle surveys, and we can customise each of them to make sure you are asking exactly the questions for which you need answers.
 
What do we get back?
We will show you all your results for every question, usually broken down by age and sex. We can produce charts too, if you like. All these results can be seen immediately if you are using the online survey.
We can also show you your results compared with other schools from your local area, with results from your previous surveys, or with a twinned school from another country!
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We have designed a special report designed to support completion of your School Self-Evaluation Form for OFSTED .
If you want a different sort of report, let us know!
 
How much does it cost?
Prices can can from less than £100 to carry out a primary school parent perception survey online, to the best part of £1000 to do a full lifestyle survey using questionnaire booklets with secondary school pupils in two year groups.
We will work hard to accommodate your needs inside your budget: give us a call!
Costs can be reduced by using a shorter questionnaire, asking fewer subjects, doing the survey online and using an existing questionnaire.
If we give you an estimate, there will be no hidden extras like set-up fees or airport taxes to pay.
 
Who gets to see the results?
Online survey results are protected by a password that we will give you but that you can change.  If you change it, no-one at SHEU can tell what it is!  (But if you forget it, we can give you a new one.)
On paper, we will normally send a single copy of the tables and a single copy of the comparison report by post.  We can send anything by email if you would prefer.
If you are taking part in a district survey, you may have an agreement with the commissioners that selected people on their staff will get a copy of your results which they must treat as confidential.
No-one gets to see pupils' answers.
 
What about child protection?
If any pupil's answers raise child protection concerns, we will of course let you know.
 
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Comments about SHEU

Please could our College be part of the SHEU survey this academic year? We did it in 2016 and 2017 and found it incredibly informative and it helped us shape our PSHE provision.

Assistant Principal

"Many thanks for a major contribution to the health of children in the UK and elsewhere over many years and putting in place the continuation of the Unit." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Director of Public Health

"Over the last twenty years you have achieved much. The surveys and subsequent reports have painted the clearest picture we have of what young people are doing and what they think." OFSTED 1998

OFSTED

"As a Deputy Head in a large secondary school I was involved in taking part in a city wide health and wellbeing survey over a period of six years. Completing the survey every two years grew in importance year on year, with the final cycle having a major impact on our SDP, PHSE curriculum, Ofsted outcomes and governor understanding.
Over the six year period we moved from a small sample in two tutor groups filling in a paper survey to two year groups completing an online survey. The reports produced give graphical analysis of a wide range of issues. As a result of the survey we increased the number of PSHE workshop days for students to address issues such as smoking, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-bullying workshops. The surveys helped Governors make a positive informed decision to allow Brook Advisory Clinic nurses on site to support students.
As a result of taking part and using the evidence provided we were able to offer more support for students which had a direct impact on improved attendance and outcomes."

Deputy Head Secondary School

“(The SHEU survey) was very, very useful. It gave us reassurance we weren’t missing a trick. For example not many pupils in the sample year groups were taking illegal drugs, which re-enforced our opinions. But the survey also raised issues and flagged some things up. We discovered that some of our girls weren’t eating enough – the percentage of girls in our school not eating lunch the day before the survey was higher than the county average. There were other concerns too, specifically around cigarettes, alcohol and attendance.
The school used this data and took a number of actions to address it. More female peer mentors were put in place and the school asked NEXUS (the Extended Schools service) for help, so they developed a programme for girls which addressed their eating patterns, healthy eating, sex education and self-esteem issues.
We ran an anti-bullying group for Year 9 as a preventative measure, based upon data provided by our current Year 10 students.
The travel data revealed that a high number of pupils took the car to school so we involved the BIKE-IT scheme who ran assemblies, brought in their bikes (including one with a pedal-powered smoothie maker!), and raised awareness of health and green issues.
The information about how happy the students were with their lives raised some concerns as far fewer girls were as happy as the boys, so work was done around developing aspirations, role-models and self-esteem."        
 

Deputy Head, Secondary School

Any comments on specific survey questions that may have caused difficulty? No problems. My children were fully briefed before the survey and they understood that they could miss questions if they did not want to answer them. We did not have any children with any concerns regarding the survey at all.

Any comments on the use of the web site? No it was easy to use.

Any general comments on the exercise? The children really enjoyed completing the survey, It has lead to many positive discussions about our health and how we all have slightly different experiences and home lives.

Class teacher

(Our) Senior team were very enthused with the rich source of data provided within the reports (and thought that the analyses including within the appendices section of the main reports were really interesting).

Health Improvement Specialist (Children, Schools and Families)

"...the most comprehensive health education survey."

Daily Telegraph

"We never make a move without looking at these excellent reports." Public Health Consultant

Public Health Consultant

"This is amazing! Thank you." (school report)

Headteacher