Healthy Schools Surveys

The Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) was a joint initiative between DCSF and Department of Health (DH) - which promoted a whole school / whole child approach to health. The Programme began in 1999. It was recognised as a key delivery mechanism in the Children’s Plan (DCSF 2007) and in Healthy Weight, healthy Lives (DH 2008) – 21st Century White Paper reference.
The Healthy Schools Programme had several aims:

  • Improvement in health and reduced health inequalities;
  • Raised pupil achievement;
  • More social inclusion; and,
  • Closer working between health promotion providers and education establishments

Much of the questionnaire work that SHEU has done in schools over the last few years has been under the banner of the Healthy Schools programme.
We have been working hard to adapt our services for the new Enhancement Model for Healthy Schools or Healthy Schools Plus around the country. Local figures have proven a potent stimulus to deciding local priorities for action.
See our Good Practice list including a fantastic project from Cornwall
We will make sure our services match the needs of people working in schools, local authorities and public health. We do not doubt that however it develops, professionals at all levels will continue to need up-to-date baseline information for planning and monitoring results showing the impact of their policies on the lives of young people.
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Comments about SHEU

"We are planning next year's programmes around this information." Health Education Adviser

Health Education Adviser

"We're very happy to commission another survey from you. Our colleagues in School Improvement are dead keen to work with us on this. During our last LA Inspection, we were flagged from our Tellus data as having a bullying problem. We could demonstrate with our SHEU data - which had a much better sample size and coverage of the authority - that we did not have the problem they suggested. The Inspectors went away happy and we are definitely surveying again with SHEU."

Local Authority Senior Adviser

"Just to say a huge thank you for all your efforts in helping us with the Health survey amongst pupils. It has provided us with significant data which will be used across the school to help us improve. It helped us to obtain a healthy schools standard as well. I hope we can make this an annual feature as we can track the changing health of our pupils." Headteacher

Headteacher

"The data from last time were spot-on and we have done lots of work with it. We are very keen to repeat the survey." Headteacher

Headteacher

"The Unit has a unique historical and contemporary archive of young people." Prof. Ted Wragg 1938-2005

Prof Ted Wragg, 1938-2005

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

School Drugs Advisor

"You have often stood alone against the media who were often looking for the sensational headline. I have noticed an important change: the media now look out for and report very fairly and fully on the reports from the team." 
Tributes from a Health Education Advisor to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Education Advisor

"The survey reports have been used to inform commissioning at specific commissioning groups. They are also being used within our Extended Schools Clusters and to inform The Annual Public Health and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment." Programme Manager - Young People

"I would like to say how much we appreciated the work you and your team have put in to this project, a big thank you for the excellent reports that you have completed on our behalf." Assistant Director of Public Health

Assistant Director of Public Health

"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