Management Information Sheet

Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Your Pupils

MI Sheet TypeAction
To Be Completed By: 20/03/2015
MI Number:42/15
Publication Date:02/01/2015 12:00:00
LA Contact:Carolyn Watts (07824 528990)
Audience:Headteachers, teachers with responsibility for pastoral care and healthy schools

Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Your Pupils

The Health Related Behaviour Survey (HRBS) is a nationally recognised and robust research tool which is undertaken in schools. Norfolk County Council has commissioned the School and Student Health Education Unit (SHEU) to undertake the HRBS in Norfolk. We are working with Healthy Schools, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Active Norfolk to run this survey.

Benefits for your school include:

Participation in the survey is free. Each participating school will receive a free, comprehensive report of the results of the survey, for their school and in relation to Norfolk as a whole. The recent Ofsted consultation included the inspection criteria of ‘Personal development, behaviour and welfare’; the results report will provide excellent evidence to contribute to this.

Others schools, elsewhere in the country, have used the data to inform their PHSE delivery, to present to governors, to support their Healthy Schools work and to learn about their internal systems.

Why are we doing this?

We are re-commissioning the 0-19 years Healthy Child Programme (HCP) services (including health visitors, school nurses, Family Nurse Partnership and weight management). The new service will commence on 1st October 2015. We need high quality data about the health and wellbeing of young people to understand what impact the new service is having. The HRBS will give us the intelligence we need.

Who do we want to complete the survey and when?

We want students in years 6, 8, 10 and 12 to complete the survey. We want to run the survey in the summer term of 2015, 2017 and 2019 so that we have long term, comparable data. We are looking to survey a representative sample of the population, approximately 10,000 young people in total across the county.

The HRBS is a questionnaire that is completed online, under controlled conditions, and it can be completed in one lesson.

Benefits for children and young people in Norfolk include:

We will use the wealth of data that will be generated by this piece of work to make decisions about services. This will result in better services for children and young people living in Norfolk and improvements to their health and wellbeing.

Your next step: please contact Carolyn Watts at the email above (by 20th March) to let us know if your school is interested in participating. We have not finalised the list of topics that the survey will cover, so please let us know if you have any suggestions that would help you understand more about the health and wellbeing of your students.

Carolyn will be attending the Head Teacher meetings on 25th and 26th February to answer any questions in person.