Comments about SHEU services

SHEU : nationally-recognised, since 1977,
as the specialist provider of reliable local survey data about young people's health and wellbeing


Comments from those using SHEU surveys  ... and also ...
Comments from those who use SHEU research emails


"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

"We were talking about (the SHEU survey) data at our recent NSCoPSE Conference, for PSHE advisers and consultants. It would be really helpful if some of this powerful data and the trends could be shared in the consultation around the PSHE Review. Colleagues shared their very positive experiences of (the SHEU survey). It provides excellent evidence of behaviour change for children and young people and of the impact of PSHE and wider interventions." Personal and Social Development Consultant

“….(the survey) gives us useful data to show us the impact of the strategies we use and informs us about the physical and emotional health and well-being of the children. It also helps us to plan for the future, allocate resources and budget appropriately.” Head Teacher

"Thank you for the report. Can I say - it is really informative and interesting to read. Really helps with our school development." PSHE Co-ordinator

"Thanks again for all your help and responses to our endless requests for further (survey) support. I am really pleased to report that the SHEU data has been disseminated widely and is being used as we speak to re-direct service provision and commissioning across a range of services and topic areas. Thank-you!" Public Health Commissioning Manager

"Can I say I say a very big thank you to all involved on your side. We really do appreciate what the project has allowed us to do, therefore allowing us to plan appropriately for our learning in PSH&CE. Thank you David for all your support and guidance here as well." PSH&CE Advisor

"The (named) Children and Young People's Partnership has benefitted from the results of the SHEU survey locally for many years now, and we should like to continue to do so in future." Consultant in Public Health Medicine

"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

"I really appreciate the professional service which SHEU offers.  We have had a great experience working with Angela on the school surveys." Health Improvement Specialist

"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

"As a result of the survey we reviewed and amended PSHE schemes of work, we are currently working on a "Green Travel Plan", a morning breakfast club was established and we further developed 6th Form mentoring." Health Education Coordinator

"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

"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

"I would like to say that this survey was very useful and made me realise things about PE and health that I had never realised before......Food at school is groovy, especially if your school does Jamie Olivers School Dinners. Viva apples and thanks for the survey." Female pupil, 13 yrs old

"The data for (us) are very useful ... This is especially important when evaluating the impact of interventions regarding alcohol or other areas, as the survey data are likely to provide an earlier indication than routine data sources." Specialist Registrar in Public Health

"We use the data to inform whole school practise: 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 Anit-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

"The Health-Related Behaviour Survey is an incredibly useful resource for (us) as it provides schools, with invaluable data which can inform curriculum content, methods of lesson delivery and empower schools to better meet the needs of their pupils." Health Education Advisor

"I have never looked at myself in this way before." Pupil

"We would like to take part in the next ECM survey. We have found the data produced invaluable for supporting evidence in our SEF etc." School Vice Principal

"Our primary school has completed SHEU questionnaires and used the data for the past four years." Primary School Learning Mentor

"Thank you very much, David, for another excellent survey.  We look forward to receiving our reports." Healthy Schools Co-ordinator

"SHEU data proved the best source of the kind of information we were looking for (...) to provide research support to the National Healthy Schools Programme." Department of Health

"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

"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

"The wellbeing survey is commissioned by the (...) Team within the County Council and delivered by the Schools Health Education Unit in order to collect robust information about children and young people’s lifestyles. The survey is now in its sixth year and the findings are used to inform (the Council's) annual needs assessment for children’s services and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment by identifying baseline data and informing targets, service evaluation and improvement. It also acts as a resource to help schools establish appropriate curriculum development, particularly in PSHEE, and provide data to support aspects of the Ofsted self evaluation form." Council report

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your work regarding writing and compiling the sex education survey. The survey was well executed and the schools have found their individual reports very helpful. The results of the survey have enabled the Local Campaign Group to justify the need for young men's campaigns and given us invaluable insight as to the thoughts and experiences of this target group." Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Manager

"It's good to talk with you again - we used so much of those data and did so much with it in schools - we really got the place buzzing!" Consultant in Public Health

"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

"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


Comments from those who use SHEU research emails

"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/Student Health & Welfare Head
"This resource is really useful ... I will certainly circulate." Snr Commissioning Officer, Children's Services
"Much of your output is outstanding and most is extremely useful." PSHE Coordinator
"I know of no other similar way of quickly accessing research for children and young people across disciplines and sectors."


"I find your emails very useful." Assistant Director of Public Health
"SHEU research is a wonderful tool and very useful to several of the teaching staff here plus the library research files. Keep up your amazing work." School Librarian
"I find the emails very informative." Manager Children's Services
"Many thanks to SHEU for your excellent professional support over the years. Please remove me from your email list as I'm now fully retired." PSHE teacher
"Thank you for the ongoing support and information you share with us. I am very grateful for this support and would like to continue receiving these updates." Deputy Headteacher Primary School
"We find them very useful for up to date news on resources and publications in young people research." Public Health Intelligence Manager
"I regularly read your (research emails) and use them as resources." Healthy College Coordinator
"I find the research emails an invaluable source for keeping up-to-date with developments within the field." Senior Lecturer
"I find your site invaluable.Thanks so much for having all the information at this site." Mental Health Nurse
"Still enjoying the emails and finding them very useful." Drugs Advisor
"I do find this a really good resource." Sexual Health Outreach Worker
"Your research emails are really beneficial to our students." Sixth Form College Senior Tutor
"I found this communication very useful." Public Health Consultant
"I often use your research to back up the training I do for schools. Keep up the good work." School Improvement Adviser
" ... the information is really useful in school." Deputy Head Primary School
"I would very much still like to receive the e-mails as they are extremely informative." Health Officer Premier League Football Club
"SHEU's information is the most efficient and comprehensive way I have of keeping up to date with current issues and research about young people." Health Teacher
"The breakdown of topic areas is good and all areas are relevant to my work. I use the information to update my knowledge, and disseminate at meetings or when working with school children." Health Development Officer
"... it's easy to select from the list the links I am interested in, want to read more about, or want to forward to our team. The categories are useful... I have lifted findings or quotes into my training." Manager PDP PSHE service
"The emails are useful for me to keep an eye open for relevant research. Please keep them coming!" Joint Commissioning Manager
"The research emails are very useful for our work as support tutors in Mental Health." College Tutor
"I forward your E mail to relevant teachers eg. Food Tech, PE, PSE. Research news certainly assists us in keeping up to date with current trends. The age grouping is very useful." School Librarian
"The email link system works good for me, no complaints. The links are relevant to my work and I use some of the information to pass on back to schools." Healthy Schools Advisor
"Yes please - I find the information extremely useful in my work here." Head of Student Health
"I am very impressed with the content of the research news. Thank you very much indeed." Health Improvement Officer
"Please could you add me to your mailing list. I have a copy of your research news and am interested in these issues." Welfare Adviser and Personal Tutor
"The research news has really interesting links, a welcome addition to SHEU's work, and forwarded to our HeadTeacher who is very committed to addressing the links between diet and behaviour." Head of Family and Child Care
"I found it really easy to navigate and to follow links to get further information on topics which interested me. Congratulations on a good publication." Health Improvement Manager
"I use the information on this website to inform not just my planning for schemes of work and for lessons as part of my role but also for the planning of whole school issues." PSHE Co-ordinator
"I would just like to say that on behalf of students with learning disabilities, this is an excellent website...I have found it useful to show our E3 students." Team Leader Post 19 Supported Learning
"Many thanks for sending the research news. It's a super resource - very interesting and informative." Learning Adviser
"They are excellent emails as they provide me with very relevant information and items for discussion in lessons." Head of PSHCE
"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
"Thank you for this, it is brilliant. I will circulate to others, and please continue to send." Student Services Manager
"Many thanks for this. It is incredibly useful! " College Nurse
"Someone has forwarded your email which looks very interesting. Can I be put on your mailing list?" Student Services Manager
"Thank you, I find this very useful!" Healthy College Co-ordinator
"Many thanks, very useful." Director of Student Progression
"This is an excellent way of keeping up to date belt and braces style." School Drugs Advisor
"Always interesting to read perspective you offer." Learning Resources Manager
"Thanks - very interesting. Please could I subscribe." College Nurse
"Very interesting digests." Director of Equality and Diversity
"This is excellent. Thanks for a great resource." Director of Student Services
"... the information and resources are invaluable in helping to prepare our programmes and lessons for students and supporting the delivery team of staff." Grammar School Headteacher
"Most helpful, thanks" National Health Education Group member
"Please continue to send this bulletin it is very useful." Health Development Officer
"The simple email-with-links-system works well for me and the links are extremely relevant for my line of work. I use the information to keep up to date with current health issues and research." Healthy Schools Advisor
"Thanks. Look forward to more." Student Adviser
"Thank you, the references are useful." Health and Safety Officer
"I like the format, easy to read, links work!" Research and Statistics Officer
"... emails from SHEU always have interesting pieces of research relating to young people." Head of Health & Social Sciences
"... the information is always brilliant!" Personal Tutor
"I welcome and value your updates and would like to continue receiving them." School Health Adviser
"I find this information extremely useful." Healthy Schools Co-ordinator
"The information in the emails provides a useful perspective on a range of issues relating to the views of children and young people." Senior Adviser C&YP
"The (research emails) are very useful in my job and also for supporting the development of our onsite health centre." PSHE Coordinator
"My colleagues in the Health Improvement Dept find the (research emails) very useful and informative." Health Improvement Manager
"I would very much still like to receive your emails as I find them very useful. Many thanks for your continued support." Health and Community Consultant
"I find the information very useful for my work." SRE Consultant
"The (research emails) are very useful and all my team value the continuing opportunity to access the information provided in the updates." C&YP Manager
"It is very useful to receive an overview of current research and to find an article about a topic that we are working on." PSHE Manager
"The (research) emails are very helpful." Healthy Schools Development Worker
"I share (the research emails) with schools developing their PSHE programmes." Education Adviser
" ... great source of information and research to follow up." Healthy Schools Programme Co-ordinator
"The (research emails) are an excellent way of keeping on top of current research relating to the health of young people - I find them really useful." Health Advisor Children's Services
"I really value the excellent data and services provided by SHEU." PSHE Consultant
"I find these emails useful." Assistant Principal Sixth Form College
"The (research emails) always contain something I find interesting." School Health Advisor
"I glean so much useful information from the research emails." PSHE Manager
"We all value your regular emails and appreciate their content." PSHE & Citizenship Adviser
"The Pastoral Team greatly value the up to date information that we receive from SHEU." Vice Principal
" ... this is a really useful resource." Health & Care Coordinator
"I find the information excellent as I facilitate health improvement work with young adults." Health Improvement Nurse
"I think the emails are really useful." SRE Consultant
"This service is excellent." PSHE Co-ordinator
"I find the (research emails) very helpful." Senior Public Health Officer