SHEU and authorities

SHEU work with survey commissioners across England

We provide local data about young people

 

 

" A countywide survey of school pupils known as the Growing up in North Yorkshire Survey is undertaken on a biennial basis. This important survey captures reliable information about the lifestyles of over 15,000 children and young people in North Yorkshire. ..." North Yorkshire

 

 

" ... almost 10,000 children and young people across Somerset participated in a Health and Wellbeing survey." Somerset

 

 

" ... robust information about children and young people’s lifestyles ... now in its ninth year the findings are being used to inform Essex's annual needs assessment for children’s services, identify baseline data, and inform targets, service evaluation and improvement." Essex

 

 

" ... The HRBQ is a self reported behaviours and perceptions questionnaire, conducted in schools in Newcastle with Years 4 and 6 and years 8 and 10." Newcastle

 

 

" ... The sixth Ealing Health Related Behaviour survey took place in October 2013 and a total of 10,665 pupils took part from 14 high schools and 54 primary schools. Schools received their reports in January 2014." Ealing

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To see links from local authorities showing how they use SHEU survey findings for JSNA planning, try searching Google for SHEU and JSNA

The questionnaire is implemented among pupils across a range of ages. This allows health service commissioners and health professionals such as school nurses to consider how both healthy and unhealthy behaviours emerge as children develop through adolescence and into adulthood. Comparison of findings with national average figures also allows consideration of whether different behaviours are contributing to observed health inequalities.” - Gateshead

 

“The survey, managed by the Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU), has a national reputation for its relevance across a wide range of important health and wellbeing issues. The survey, which is of immense value to schools in their evaluation of personal wellbeing, also provides data that supports strategic planning for children and young people across Cambridgeshire. Primary subscribers are offered the opportunity to participate in the survey every year. All Year 8s and Year 10s in Cambridgeshire secondary schools complete the survey every two years. This provision is funded by Public Health. How do Schools use it? Each school receives their own report and set of tables that compare their young people’s knowledge, behaviour, views and attitudes with those of young people in Cambridgeshire as a whole.”
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‘Useful for monitoring pupil wellbeing and evaluating what we are doing in school and to provide evidence for governors and others – LA and OFSTED’
‘We use HRBS as a means of addressing any issues that comes up in our school and need improving within the area of PSHE, both inside and outside of the classroom.  We also use it to measure the impact our current PSHE curriculum has on our children and if there are any gaps we need to fill.” - Cambridgeshire

 

“Perception measures can complement performance data to give a comprehensive view of an area and the (young) people residing there. It is important to monitor (their) perceptions to obtain an indication of people’s thoughts and opinions on local issues that may not necessarily be visible from performance data alone.” - Essex

 

“… it is important also to collect specific local information on various aspects of young people’s behaviour… SHEU (also) carries out similar surveys in a large number of areas across England each year using standard questions. Thus responses from local pupils can be compared to the average response across England in any given year”… “All responses are anonymous and completed questionnaires are sent directly to Exeter for analysis. Aggregate results are sent to participating schools and to NHS (name). In this way, findings can influence health policy and strategy at both school and district level.” - Sunderland

 

       
     

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Comments about SHEU

"We have never consulted our young people like this before. The survey makes a great contribution to our 'best value' planning." Sports Development Officer

Sports Development Officer

Many thanks to you and your team for turning this around so quickly.
We really appreciate it, and also your extra support with the administration this time.

PSHE Lead Advisor

"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

"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 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

"This week I have been working on a major strategy for service design -- it is easy to get solely focussed on hospitals, performance targets, and work force planning -- all very important; but at the same the needs of young people and how we need to work across agencies to address the health needs of today and tomorrow must be recognised. SHEU is founded to do just this."

PCT Performance Manager

"Thank you from my staff to you and all your staff. The speed of 'turn-around' of the questionnaires is outstanding in anyone's terms." Headteacher

Headteacher

"We did this last year with Year 8 and 10 and was incredibly useful. It is WELL worth doing and so useful to inform PSHE planning. The safeguarding audit team were delighted that we had done it. The findings are so so interesting.
"The findings are really comprehensive and range from what percentage of year 8 have breakfast in the morning to how many have tried this particular drug, to identity, health and sleep patterns, mental health, citizenship issues....
"It's essential for the PSHE and pastoral curriculum."

PSHCEE coordinator

"Thank you very much, David, for another excellent survey.  We look forward to receiving our reports."

Healthy Schools Co-ordinator

"Many thanks for all of the fantastic information that you have sent to me over the years, it has really helped me to plan relevant courses for my students to follow and to help me to focus on the needs of the students I teach."

PSHE teacher