Young People into 2018

Young People into 2018


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The Young People into 2018 report

[PDF of this press release]

Dr David Regis, Research Manager, SHEU Tel.(01392) 667272 Email.
Dr Regis is available for interview and comment in advance of the midnight embargo on the night of Thursday 7th June.

We have just published Young People into 2018, which presents figures from over one hundred thousand young people (100,976) completing surveys in 2017. This report is the 32nd in a series begun in 1987.  The full report may be obtained in PDF format by application to SHEU.


Where are the figures from?

Every year, SHEU carry out healthy lifestyle surveys with young people for local authorities and each year these surveys involve tens of thousands of young people. At the end of each calendar year, we put all the results from all the surveys together, and publish a report.  These reports contain findings from over 100 health-related behaviour questions using answers from pupils in primary and secondary schools. They tell us about what they do at home, at school, and with their friends.

What’s in the report?

The report has 7 chapters:

CHAPTER 1 - Food choices & weight control

CHAPTER 2 - Doctor & Dentist

CHAPTER 3 - Health & Safety

CHAPTER 4 - Family & Home

CHAPTER 5 - Legal & Illegal Drugs

CHAPTER 6 - Exercise & Sport

CHAPTER 7 - Social & Personal

The pages in each chapter show results from one question (sometimes two) and may also show links between questions and trends in responses going back over decades.

What's new and different in these reports?

We have reported here about vapour products (e-cigarettes) for the first time, and have some extra detail about: young people who might need support if they are bullied or abused by their partner; young people’s religious beliefs; sending sexual pictures (sometimes referred to as ‘sexting’ in news media) and several links between dissatisfaction and risky health behaviours.

Some of the latest figures are different from those we last published in 2017, but not all the differences are new – it’s better to describe them as continuations of trends that we have seen going on for some time.

Continuing to increase:

  • Use of computer games by 12-13yo males
  • Fresh fruit on most days
  • Females drinking at least a litre of water yesterday

Continuing to decrease:

  • Enjoyment by 14-15yo females of physical activity
  • Proportion of 14-15yo females scoring in the highest bracket of self-esteem
  • Experimentation with tobacco cigarettes
  • Drinking alcohol in the week before the survey
  • Intending to stay in full-time education
  • Use of computer games by females

Newly reported in this volume:

  • Increase in reports of bullying (since 2011)
  • Increase in the fear of bullying (since 2011)

Previously increasing but now steady:

  • Skipping lunch
  • Eating 5-a-day (portions of fruit/veg)
  • Experimentation with cannabis
  • 14-15yo females wanting to lose weight
  • Use of computer games by males
  • Enjoyment of school lessons
  • Worrying about exams/tests

Previously decreasing but now steady:

  • Eating crisps on most days


Dr David Regis, Research Manager of the Schools Health Education Unit, says,

“This report provides a snapshot of our young people as they were approaching 2018 and also offers some trends where we are able to look back over the last 30 years and more of our research. 

We’ve pulled together all the trends in this report in this press release (pages 5-6).  I guess the good news is: things can change; the bad news is, usually quite slowly!~

“Some of the trends are unwelcome but we can point to several positive trends.  We have seen a further decline in young people's reported involvement with tobacco and alcohol.  We saw a peak for many types of substance use in the mid-1990s, and since then there has been a general decline.  We have spotted some increases in bullying that are of concern.”

“The individual questions and their trends are fascinating, but just as interesting are the connections we can show between questions from different chapters – so, we can see links between smoking and wellbeing, poverty, ethnicity and religion.  Alcohol use always used to be associated with higher self-esteem among older pupils, but this pattern has reversed in more recent years.    Lesbian, gay and bisexual young people report being bullied more often than do others – and there is also more smoking in this group.”

Angela Balding, Survey Manager at the Schools Health Education Unit, says,

We’ve broken the six-figure barrier!  This is not the first year where we have surveyed more than 100,000 young people – that was 2008 – but it is the first where we have more than 100,000 in our target year groups.~

 “Although we’ve seen a big increase in awareness of young people’s emotional health needs[1], the signals we see in the figures about poorer and even declining self-confidence among young women are still there."

“Looking for links between the figures, we see again that, among 14-15yo females, those who have the heaviest screen use have poorer emotional wellbeing and possibly a less healthy lifestyle in general.  But while we do know there is a toxic element of online interaction, including cyber-bullying, we can’t say that being online is overall bad for these young people – they may be getting a lot of support there too, without which their wellbeing might be worse.”

 “A long-term increase in skipping lunch during the ’80s and ’90s has stabilised, although the figures are still high – 18% of 14‑15yo females. And we appear no better at engaging young women with exercise – their reported enjoyment of physical activities continues to decline.”

Dr Regis adds,

“We have repeated new pages on bullying in secondary pupils, and where possible we have included throughout results from Year 4 pupils (8-9 year-olds).  We also have updated our newly published findings about e-safety; second-hand smoke; perceptions of drugs; barriers to exercise; responses to problems, sexual orientation, and religion and belief.”

“As regards the aggregate data sets from which we publish this series of reports, they have become more complex and diverse.  Are the figures still representative?  We show in the report some evidence to show that the characteristics of the schools in the SHEU data sets are reasonably well-matched to the national population of schools, and that the results we see are comparable to those seen in national surveys using careful sampling methods.”


1. SHEU is an independent research, survey and publishing company. The Unit provides reliable baseline data for local needs assessment to inform plans in health, education and care.

2. The sample size was 100,976, but not all respondents answered all questions.                                Ages and year groups reported were:

3. We discourage surveys being conducted on Mondays, so ‘the day before the survey’ should have been a normal school day, and similarly ‘the week before the survey’ will not have been a holiday week.


Year group



Year 4

8-9 years old


Year 6

10-11 years old


Year 8

12-13 years old


Year 10

14-15 years old

4. The accumulated databank from the hundreds of school surveys we support each year, involving tens of thousands of young people, is a valuable resource of information and provides many opportunities for insight and research. But we caution against simple reporting and interpretation of our figures as being from 'a national survey'; it didn’t happen that way.

Many authorities use us every other year, and so will appear and disappear from the data sets, and there are some trends in which we can see evidence of a regional effect in the figures we obtain – as in the case of figures for eating wholemeal bread on most days in the middle 2000s, which shows a ‘rollercoaster’:

Headlines and trends from the 2017 data set (Young People into 2018):

CHAPTER 1 - Food choices & weight control


  • Around 10% of all pupils said they ate no portions of fruit or vegetables yesterday, while just 17% of 14-15-year-old pupils said they ate at least the recommended 5 portions on the day before the survey.
  • Up to 10% of pupils say they had no water to drink on the day before the survey.
  • There is a marked increase once we get to the secondary age group among females wanting to lose weight – 57% of 14-15-year-old females said they would like to lose weight.


  • The trend for more pupils to skip lunch steadied about 10 years ago.
  • Daily consumption of crisps has declined steadily since about 2000.


  • Year 10 females who skipped breakfast on the morning of the survey were also more likely to have skipped lunch on the day before the survey, and to want to lose weight.

CHAPTER 2 - Doctor & Dentist


  • Nearly half of pupils have visited a doctor in the last three months.
  • 30% of 14-15-year-old females felt quite or very uneasy on their last visit.
  • 70-80% of all groups had been to the dentist in the last 6 months.
  • Up to 90% of all groups brushed their teeth at least twice on the day before the survey.


  • The proportion visiting the dentist in the last 6 months has remained fairly constant since 1986, despite several changes in the organisation of NHS dental care.

CHAPTER 3 - Health & Safety


  • Around 14% of primary pupils said they experienced bullying behaviours often or every day – these behaviours included teasing and name-calling but also being pushed/hit.
  • Of those bullied often, up to 34% report being bullied during school playtimes.
  • The most common reasons reported for being bullied were size or weight and the way you look.
  • Fear of bullying at school declines with age.
  • Up to a quarter of older pupils report unwelcome behaviours from boyfriends/girlfriends, like jealousy, hurtful language and checking my ‘phone.
  • 80-90% of all groups say they have been told how to stay safe while online.
  • 22% of older females (14-15yo) say they have sent personal information to someone which they later regretted.
  • 45% of 12-13-year-old males reported having an accident in the last year that needed medical attention.


  • Reports of being bullied and the fear of being bullied have increased since 2011.


  • Getting plenty of sleep is associated with fewer worries and more contentment with their weight in 14-15-year-old females.

CHAPTER 4 - Family & Home



  • A rise in time spent playing computer games is shown clearly in our figures for males of all ages.


  • Being a young carer is associated with several unwelcome outcomes – more reports of being bullied, of smoking, of money worries and of accidents.
  • Similarly, having free school meals is also associated with being bullied.

CHAPTER 5 - Legal & Illegal Drugs


  • Over 15% of the 14-15-year-olds had drunk alcohol in the week before the survey.  Drinking was done most often at home.
  • About 5% of 14-15-year-olds had smoked a cigarette in the week before the survey.
  • About 5-6% of pupils live in homes where someone smokes at home in rooms that they use.
  • 30% of 14-15yo have tried e-cigarettes, slightly more than the 27% who have ever tried tobacco cigarettes.
  • Over 10% of pupils aged 14-15 years had ever tried drugs – nearly always cannabis, if nothing else.


  • Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are in long-term decline in our figures; cannabis experimentation has been fairly stable for the last decade.
  • Figures for reported experience with cannabis are notable for an absence of much effect of legislation during changes 2004-2009.


  • There is an association between finding drugs education lessons more useful and lower substance use (see Chapter 7).
  • Alcohol use always used to be associated with higher self-esteem among older pupils, but this pattern has reversed in recent years. 

CHAPTER 6 - Exercise & Sport


  • Around 90% of all groups say they did some sort of exercise last week but less than 10% said they exercised every day.  Recommendations are for daily exercise, including some vigorous exercise and strength-building activities.
  • Weekly sports and activities included going for walks (over half of secondary females) soccer (over half of secondary males) and dancing (over a quarter of secondary females).
  • Among secondary pupils, the most commonly reported barriers to taking exercise were time, cost, availability and, especially in females, shyness (32% of 14-15yo girls).


  • Enjoyment of physical activities is lowest among 14-15-year-old females and is declining.
  • Perceived fitness is in decline among both secondary year groups and both sexes.

CHAPTER 7 - Social & Personal


  • Over half of 10-11-year-olds agree that the school cares whether I am happy or not but just a third of 14-15-year-olds say the same.
  • The majority of 12-15-year-olds enjoy all or most of their lessons.
  • Worries about school and the way you look are higher in secondary age groups, particularly among 14-15-year-old females (over 50% of whom are worried at least ‘quite a lot’ about each issue).
  • The most commonly reported response to having a problem or feeling stressed is to talk to someone about it.  Some pupils distract themselves with music or comfort themselves with eating more; over 10% of 14-15yo females say they cut or hurt myself.
  • Over 2/3 of secondary pupils judge that they can usually or always say no if someone wants them to do something that they don’t want to do.
  • Over 50% of 14-15-year-old pupils know where to get condoms free of charge.


  • We see a continued decline in the proportion of 14-15-year-old females who score in the top bracket of self-esteem scores.
  • Worry about exams and tests seems to be increasing among 14-15 year-olds.


  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual young people are more likely than their peers to report being bullied and also to have tried smoking or drugs.


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“(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.
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Health Improvement Specialist

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Daily Telegraph

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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.

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"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.”
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"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....
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"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

"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


"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
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"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."

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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.

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Class teacher

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Research and Statistics Officer

"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
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)
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 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)

"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

"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

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

"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

"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 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
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

"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

"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