“(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."
A shorter and simpler questionnaire can be designed for primary-age pupils.
You can find the answers to questions like:
- How much exercise do our pupils take in a typical week?
- What things about the school do they like, and what do they want to change?
To see what sort of reports you can receive, see our Reports page.
What sort of primary school survey are you interested in?
Thank you for your interest in your work. We get a lot of media coverage of our research, which we ought to be pleased with, but a lot of the stories just pick out the bad news about young people -- so we have shown some good news above.
We have information about hundreds of questions going back 30 or 40 years, so you might not find what you want straight away. Some pages which we hope will be helpful are linked below, but if you get stuck, please get in touch.
Measurements of self-esteem are often included in research about young people.
SHEUs latest list of Internet links (mostly to full articles) that is not definitive - please let us know about other links that you think are helpful (links to pdf/full text if available).
What's the point?
We are doing this questionnaire because we want some information that will help our school make sure we give you a programme of health education that is right for you and other people in the school. The information will also help the NHS in planning health care and health education for young people.
Who is behind it?
The survey is being organised by the local NHS, Children's Services and other organisations concerned with young people.