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

"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

"...the only question to cause a problem was 'has everyone got a pen?" Supervisor's notes following a school survey

Supervisor's Notes

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

Class teacher

Any comments on specific survey questions that may have caused difficulty?
Pupils at our primary school found the questionnaire very easy to understand and most of them completed the questions in less than 45min.

Teacher

I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your talk at last week's conference.

Chief Executive, substance use charity

"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

"One year (following the SHEU survey) responses from our Year 4 cohort caused us concern, so we put in place a number of team building, motivational projects. We then assessed their effectiveness by requesting the SHEU questionnaires for these pupils as Year 5's."

Learning Mentor

"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

I think the HRBQ is an absolutely wonderful, informative tool and I am keen to really encourage schools/other relevant partners (as appropriate) to utilise this invaluable data to encourage voice of the child, and subsequently contribute to shaping priorities and services.

Senior Health Improvement Practitioner (Children and Young People)

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

Prof Ted Wragg, 1938-2005