SHEU pupil wellbeing survey
The Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ) was first developed in 1976 as an outcome of researches within the Department of Community Medicine at Nottingham University. Across a period of more than 30 years, the method surrounding its use, together with its content, have evolved - teachers, the medical profession and Local Authority have become more and more involved in shaping the content against the demands of the Health & Wellbeing agenda and JSNA targets. Similarly, from within schools there has been the pressure to produce information that can fit within school improvement targets when fed back as results.
The primary-school version of the Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ) was introduced in 1988 after many requests by primary school teachers for an enquiry instrument similar to that available in secondary schools, but appropriate to the primary school age range. It is well known that several important health-related issues (such as diet, physical activity, self-esteem, drinking and smoking) have their roots in the early years. Primary-school children are often highly receptive to ideas
presented by their teachers. However, the staff may not know where intervention is needed and at what age it is most appropriate. Introducing the questionnaire also raises interest in the topics and can begin to generate a health education agenda even before the results are returned.
The Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire for pupils in KS2 / KS3 / KS4 is available free to schools in Cornwall online and in paper form once every two years. The most recent surveys were taken in Spring Term 2017, with the next available being in 2019.
Once the survey has been completed in school, the results are analysed for you and presented in a report, enabling you to compare your results with other similar schools and with the whole of Cornwall too.
Why should my school take part?
A headteacher we worked with recently said:
“….it gives us useful data to show us the impact of 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 and to allocate resources and the budget appropriately”.