SHEUBytes: nuggets of information about children and young people health and wellbeing

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

David McGeorge
Nuggets of information supplemented with Internet links

True/False : 98% 10-11 yr olds tell us they have never smoked at all ...? (GoodNews)
14-15 yr old boys report that, after beer, their 2nd favourite alcoholic drink is ...? (Beer and Lager)
Up to 51% 12-15 yr olds report visiting their GP in the past 3 months (Visiting the Doctor)
77% of 14-15 year old girls regularly report drinking less than one litre of water in a day (Water)
What percentage of 12-15 year olds say they enjoy half of their lessons? (Enjoy lessons)
Meat Water Lessons
Birth control services Religion, belief and cigarettes Fitness
Teachers' expectations Smoking Visiting the Doctor
Fruit Veg  5-a-day Beer and Lager GoodNews about YP H&WB
Self-esteem Sleep  

The health and wellbeing of 12-15 year-old girls

Survey results involving tens of thousands of girls with some results going back 30 years

The health and wellbeing of 12-15 year-old girls report

Children and young people who eat meat ‘on most days’

Since the 1970s, the Schools Health Education Unit has been asking children and young people about their health-related behaviour. Surveys take place in schools and colleges across the country and over 12,300 schools have been involved. To date, over 1.4 million children and young people have given answers to a range of topics including food choices. Since the early days, SHEU asked about the types of meat that pupils ate eg. lamb, beef, pork etc. and items like bacon, sausages and burgers. Right from the early survey results it was noticeable that there were always small differences between the responses from girls and boys that were consistent across age groups. Eating meat, regularly, was less popular with girls. The chart below shows the responses, from 1999, by 10-15 year-old boys and girls to a question about what they ate ‘on most days’. Boys than girls and older groups than younger groups consistently respond more to the ‘any meat’ option.

Results from 10-15 year-olds in response to the “any meat” item in a question about what they ate “on most days”, 1999-2015

Although we started asking questions, about eating meat, in the 1970s, the format has remained similar from 1999 thus enabling any trends to be observed. As the results are based on the combined data from local surveys across the country there will always be yearly differences depending on the numbers participating and the differences between areas. However, there are important similarities. For example, in 2008 over 65,000 10-15 year-olds responded to the ‘any meat’ question compared with over 21,000 in 2014 : in 2008 and 2014, 41% 12-11 year-old boys said they ate meat and in both years more boys than girls said they ate meat ‘on most days’. It is clear from the results that fewer girls than boys say they regularly eat meat. It is also clear that differences between the genders across the age groups remains consistent despite the variations in results across the years. Our findings corroborate other survey results from around the world including:

Eating for Health? A 2001 Survey of Attitudes, Awareness and Eating Habits Among Children and Young People in Northern Ireland 

Poor diet puts teenagers' health at risk – Australia 2007

The Scottish Health Survey 2011: Volume 2 - Children 

Eating habits questionnaire results 2014: Students of Plunge Academic Adolfas Jucys Basic school, Lithuania

We can also show that those who respond to eating meat regularly are also more likely to … say they enjoy physical activity and report higher scores on self esteem questions. 14-15 year old girls who respond to eating meat regularly are more likely to report wanting to lose weight and skipping school lunch. The latter points can also be found in other research.

Why do girls report they eat meat less often than boys?
A study, in Dublin in 1977 carried out before the BSE crisis, involved 450 teenage girls. Results showed that the teenage girls stopped eating meat as a "slimming strategy". More than half said they did not like the taste which could include girls who do not want to admit that they are trying to lose weight. More than two thirds of the group said they thought meat was fattening and 59 per cent wanted to be slimmer. 53 per cent said it was "cruelty to animals". 

Do girls tell us they eat meat less often because they may be eating it with boys?
In a study at a Canadian university in 2009, female students, who were observed eating with a male companion, chose foods of significantly lower caloric value than those observed when eating with another woman.

 … and if they are eating less meat ... teenage girls need 30% more iron than boys!  Leaflet

Water and children, young people, pupils and students

SHEU have been talking to young people, about their health and wellbeing, for over 30 years. Among the many topics that are explored in the surveys is the issue of water consumption. Guidelines suggest that water intake can come from many sources including food, tea, fruit squashes etc., but organisations we work with are particularly interested in water.

Water UK suggest guidelines from the US National Academies Food and Nutrition Board:

•   4-8 year olds should drink 1.2 litres of water per day and
•   9-13 year old girls should drink 1.6 litres per day, and boys should drink 1.8 litres per day
•   14-18 year old girls should drink 1.8 litres per day, and boys should drink 2.6 litres per day
•   Water intake should be higher in warm weather or when the child is exercising.


Since 2006 SHEU have asked over 230,000 10-15 year olds, “How much water did you drink yesterday?" They are asked only to count plain water, not juice, tea etc., and they are given 5 options: Nothing, 1 or 2 cups, 3-5 cups, About a litre, About 2 litres, More than 2 litres.

On average ...

  • Around 20% of 10-11 year olds report drinking about one litre of plain water yesterday
  • Around 11% of 14-15 year olds drank two or more litres
  • Around 7% of 10-11 year olds report having no plain water to drink
  • Around 30% of 12-13 year olds drank 3-5 cups (less than a litre)

Assuming yesterday was a normal day and one of the recommended guidelines is for 1.8 litres a day, should we be concerned that (in 2013) 78% of 14-15 year old girls regularly report drinking less than one litre of water in a day? (see chart below). 

Those 10-15 year olds who report drinking less than one litre of water 'yesterday' 2013

In 2010 we looked at those pupils who reported drinking no water at school yesterday and the ease of access to water (table below). At school, 24% of 14-15 year old females who reported drinking no water did not have access to water at school.

(At school) % No water by Ease of access to water

  %Yr 10 M  %Yr 10 F
No 20 24
Not easily 10 13
Yes 12 14

See also -

There are a number of research studies into water consumption and young people including:

Should children drink more water? "Consuming water improved children's performance on tasks that require visual processing."

Providing children with water at school significantly increased levels of cognition “This research indicates that adequately hydrated children may perform better and be better behaved in school."

Can water boost exam grades? “The results imply that the simple act of bringing water into an exam was linked to an improvement in (university) students’ grades."

Drinking water in schools and overweight prevention "Our environmental and educational, school-based intervention, with the single focus on the promotion and provision of drinking water, proved to be effective in the prevention of childhood overweight."

An article in the journal Education and Health, (vol.30:3), describes how water supplementation improves visual attention and fine motor skills in schoolchildren.

How many lessons do 12-15 year olds enjoy at school?

Since 2002, over 230,000 12-15 year olds have told SHEU about their attitudes to lessons.

In 2013, up to 38% of older pupils reported enjoying ‘most’ school lessons.

Chart 1 shows responses to the five points on the 'All of them' to 'Hardly any' scale.

Chart 1. Results from 2013 - How many lessons do you enjoy at school?

Since 2002, Table (below), between 28% - 44% of 12-15 year olds say they enjoy ‘most / all’ school lessons with older pupils reporting slightly higher percentages. Also ...

  • Between 2% - 9% said that they enjoy all their school lessons
  • Around 32% said they enjoy half of their lessons
  • Between 7% - 19% said they enjoyed hardly any of their lessons

Table 1. Results from 2002 from over 230,000 12-15 year olds who report enjoying ‘most / all’ school lessons

To read more about what young people say to SHEU about their lives, please follow this link.

See also -

There are a number of research studies into enjoyment of school lessons including:

How can we enhance enjoyment of secondary school?: the student view  "Enjoyment of school tends to be promoted by factors such as successful social relationships, small classes, variation in learning, and students having some control of their learning."

School quality, child wellbeing and parents' satisfaction "Child wellbeing at school and enjoyment of the learning environment are important economic outcomes, in particular because a growing body of research shows they are strongly linked to later educational attainments and labour market success."

Religion, belief and cigarettes

Several authorities have been looking at young people's involvement with religion or belief.  However, there isn't yet a consensus about which questions to ask.

One authority asked a similar question to the decennial census: What is your religion?  54% of their young people said they didn't have one, with nearly all of the rest signing up to one of the 'big six' religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikh.  This picture is similar to the the one seen in a large sample of 16+ students in FE colleges, reported in SHEUNews a couple of years ago, when 52% said they had no religion or belief.
As we noted at the time, some campaigners were critical of the choice of question from the census, as it's rather leading. Better, they said, to ask first "Do you have a religion or belief?" and then "If so, what is it?" (see  This can increase the proportion of non-religious recorded from 15% to over 30%.

We have asked in some surveys, Are you a practising member of a religion? (i.e. do you attend a place of worship or worship at home). Asked in this way, about 10% of young people say Yes.

We are of course interested to see any connections between religious adherence and health-related behaviour.  Among 7,000 Year 10 students, 37% had ever tried a cigarette; among those who were religious, the figure was just 25%.


Teenage pregnancy - birth control services:

Young people’s knowledge of local birth control services

The two charts below show data, since 1993, from thousands of young people who have taken part in SHEU's Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ). They provide a glimpse into young people’s knowledge of local services.

There are three response options to the question about locally available birth control services for young people. The first chart, shows the results from those pupils who have responded to the Don't know option. The figures, showing that 40-80% of pupils report they don't know about a local service, need to be considered alongside the numbers reporting that they knew there was not a local service (not shown but inferred from the charts presented). Those that don’t know suggests a lack of knowledge that could be accommodated through health promotion programmes. Those that report not knowing may also be a reflection of a perceived lack of need to know.
Do not know about a local birth control service for young people 1993-2013

The second chart, ‘Know about a local birth control service for young people’, shows older pupils occupying the higher percentages and 14-15 year old females report the highest numbers. The lower figures, from the 14-15 year old males, may be more of a surprise if it is assumed that this group have asked the question. There is an upward trend with two peaks [2007/2013], in responses from younger pupils.
Know about a local birth control service for young people 1993-2013


For details about the SHEU HRBQ please visit this link

For more SHEU data about young people please visit this link

Young people’s assessment of their fitness

Since 1991, the Schools Health Education Unit have asked over 510,000 young people about their fitness. The question appears in the Health Related Behaviour Questonnaire (HRBQ) among other questions relating to exercise and sport. The results, from over 100 questions in the HRBQ, are used by health and education authorities to inform their planning.

The young people are asked to rate their level of fitness on a scale: Very fit, Fit, Moderately fit, Unfit, Very unfit.

10-15 yr. olds who report being 'fit or very fit' 1991-2013

There is an overall decline in those reporting being fit or very fit. As they get older, the females report feeling they have lower fitness levels. 14-15 year old females have consistently reported the lowest levels of fitness. The higher self-assessment of the males is consistent with their higher participation in sporting activities. Do the females see themselves as less fit than the males because they participate in less physical activity or indeed are they less fit than the males?

For details about the SHEU HRBQ please visit this link

See also -

There are many research studies into young people and fitness including:

Young people are fit and active - fact or fiction? " ... young people’s habitual physical activity and aerobic fitness ... reference to previous generations."

Children are still fit, but not active! "... young people's fitness and physical activity are not deteriorating over time."

Childhood aerobic fitness predicts cognitive performance one year later  "... children classified as aerobically fit still outperform their lower-fit peers on the cognitive challenge approximately one year later."



Comments about SHEU

Any comments on specific survey questions that may have caused difficulty?
All questions are clearly worded and easy to answer

Class teacher

"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
...Many thanks for all your work with this year’s survey. It’s already proving to be invaluable especially against the severe cuts in services that are looming.
Health Promotion Manager

"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

"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." Tribute from OFSTED to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005


"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 Schools Health Education Unit has been a unique inspiration to all of us. For me, as I have worked in the many different areas of the NHS, the SHEU, its principles and your determination have always been a cornerstone in what a health promoting service should be about."
PCT Performance Manager paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

PCT Performance Manager

"The Unit is to be congratulated in preparing ... material of the highest standard and worthy of wide dissemination." National Association for Environmental Education

National Association for Environmental Education

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


"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

"I very much value the contribution the Health Related Behaviour Survey has made to the public health agenda and feel confident it will continue to do so." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Director of Public Health
I would just like to say thank you very much to Angela, yourself and all of the SHEU team for making the [survey] so successful. The survey has been well received and we are using data in new ways to help support work on local Public Health priorities.
Senior Public Health Specialist

"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

"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

"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

Female pupil, 13yrs

"Within the curriculum, we are part of the Healthy Schools programme - and the local, Director of Public Health Award. We cover many facets of health from emotional intelligence to safety education and our very strong, Anti-Bullying and Child Protection programmes. You can imagine our delight when the Local Authority and our school nurse made the following comments after we took part in the regional Schools Health Education Unit Survey: " Head Teacher.
“This was an amazing set of outcomes and really good evidence that (your school) is doing a wonderful job in prioritizing the health and well-being of its pupils … Well done to staff, governors and parents for all your work on this through the Director of Public Health award and other strategies. It is very clear that pupils feel happy, safe and involved at the school and your caring ethos shines through this data.”
Healthy Schools Coorduinator.


Headteacher & Healthy Schools Coordinator

"Our use of the Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire was commended as part of our accreditation for the National Healthy Schools Scheme." Headteacher

"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

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

Daily Telegraph

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

Supervisor's Notes

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

Healthy Schools Co-ordinator

"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
I would be extremely interested to see the results as I know how useful this information has been to the other schools in the borough

"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

"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

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
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

"I have valued greatly the work I have done with the team in Exeter, it has been a highlight of my years here." Health Promotion Specialist

Health Promotion Specialist

"Many thanks to SHEU for your excellent professional support over the years."

PSHE teacher
I've just spent a really interesting half an hour reading through our ...survey (report). Always food for thought and a good way to look at how we can improve.

"You have made a truly significant contribution to health education and health promotion of young people in, not only England, but all over the United Kingdom and beyond." Colleague from NHS Scotland paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

NHS Scotland

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

Public Health Consultant

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

School Drugs Advisor

"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
Good morning You are an absolute life-saver!
PSHE Teacher
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

"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

"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


"Every school involved in the National Healthy School programme should start with an HRBQ survey." Health Education Co-ordinator

Health Education Co-ordinator

 “The (SHEU survey) helped us to prioritise where we needed to be in terms of PSHE education. We delivered assemblies based on the evidence as well as curriculum development, and dealt with whole school issues – particularly in regard to pastoral care. The answers received to the question on the survey “Who are you most likely to approach if you needed help” worried staff as “teacher” was not a popular answer. Subsequently the staff asked themselves why this had happened and what needed to be done to address the issue. There was more emphasis on wider aspects of PSHE education delivery, which needed more attention.

To summarise, the (SHEU survey) allows the PSHE department to assess the impact of teaching and learning and modify future lessons accordingly. It allows our school to look at whole school issues such as the extent to which the pastoral care system is meeting the needs of our pupils. It helps us to do need analysis of our pupils. It helps to provide important evidence for SEF / the extent to which we are meeting wellbeing indicators / National Healthy School standards.”  

Secondary School Head

"Please send an additional copy of our report - it is the most requested and borrowed item in the whole library." Health Promotion Unit

Health Promotion Unit
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

"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

"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

"You have made a fantastic contribution to children’s health education and promotion. I am personally grateful to you for helping to kickstart my research career." Prof. Neil Armstrong tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Prof Neil Armstrong

"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

"Thanks for presenting the survey to local schools this morning, I just wanted to thank you for such interesting and thought-provoking information.  
I’m really glad we were able to take part - the information (particularly headline data and differences) will support us to have some really interesting questions with the Year group as a whole about the sense they’re making of this; what they think it might mean in terms of changes they might make, and what they need to support them in this."

Deputy Headteacher
"The data from the 2018/19 survey is still in heavy use here, the physical activity related findings were pivotal in changing the relevant strategy recently to target less active groups like girls towards the end of secondary school, and I’ve three fairly hefty jobs on the to-do list that will use the data with other sources to identify target schools for mental health and physical activity projects, and another looking at community safety. I call it the gift that keeps giving and that certainly seems to be the case!"
Senior Public Health Specialist (Intelligence)

"On behalf of all the health promoters in Scotland I would like to say a big thank to you and your colleagues for your excellent work over the years. This includes not only your survey work but your role as a visiting examiner in Scotland and adviser on course development."
Tribute from a Health Commissioner to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Commissioner

"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


"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

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

Health Education Adviser

"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

Thank you for following up with schools the comments that caused concern. It is very sad to hear that some of our children have these thoughts and feelings and I am so grateful that you were able to make the schools aware of this so that they can attempt to offer some support.

This is another reason why I am so pleased that we have been able to work with you to offer this survey.

Health and Wellbeing Adviser

"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

“(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
At the time, the results were very useful and the feedback report very useful and insightful. Significant changes will occur in our schools health and wellbeing provision next year and conducting another survey will certainly help me to ensure I am planning effectively for the needs of our pupils.
Head of Health and Wellbeing

"Brilliant - thank you Angela. As always you and your team are so proficient at getting our requests dealt with so promptly - it is a real pleasure to work with such a great organisation."

Health Improvement Adviser

"The Unit produces an invaluable body of knowledge... providing exceptional information across time and throughout the country." Kelloggs

"They really enjoyed the animations and found the questionnaire fun to fill out"
School Nurse

"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
We were all very impressed with the spreadsheet and can see that an incredible amount of work has gone into creating this!
Health Improvement Specialist

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.

I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your talk at last week's conference.
Chief Executive, substance use charity
"The credit goes to you for the fabulous information the survey yields!"
Assistant Director Schools and SEN
"This is amazing! Thank you." (school report)

"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


"The Schools Health Education Unit has gained a reputation as one of the most reliable sources of information about young people's health." BBC


"You and the team have the evidence to show how young people's behaviour has or hasn't changed over time." 
Tribute from a Health Education Co-ordinator to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Education 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

"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

"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


"The service you provide is of national significance." Health Development Agency

Health Development Agency

(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)
...our analyst here in Public Health- is beside himself with excitement about all the juicy data pouring in...he can't wait to get his hands on it!!!! He is happier than I have seen him for years.
Public Health Principal

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

Class teacher
I'm emailing to request a 2020 young people health report (...) your report is a wonderful resource.
Research Assistant

"We use the data to inform whole school practice: 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 Anti-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

"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

"Your work in developing the Health Related Behaviour Survey was ground breaking and has continued to evolve." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

My school took part in the Health Survey last year and found it incredibly beneficial. It has been an invaluable tool for planning our PSHE/well being provision and actioning our school development plan.
Primary School Wellbeing Lead

"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

"The Schools Health Education Unit is the jewel in the crown of the Health Education Authority." Major General Sir John Acland 1928 - 2006

Major General Sir John Acland