Agenda item

Health Related Behaviour Study 2011

The Panel will receive a presentation on this item from the PSHE and Drug Education Consultant, Healthy Schools Coordinator and PCT Public Health Commissioning Development Manager.



The PSHE & Drug Education Consultant and the Healthy Schools Co-ordinator gave a presentation to the Panel on this item, a full copy of which is on the Panel’s Minute Book. A summary is set out below.


SHEU Health Behaviour Questionnaire


·  Schools Health Education Unit, Exeter

·  PCT funded

·  Information /evidence about pupil health and well-being outcomes

·  Compares schools with local B&NES and national data




·  27 Primary Schools - 1588 pupils from Years 4,5 and 6

·  10 Secondary Schools and 1 Special School - 3438 pupils from Years 8 and 10


Reports available


·  Individual school reports (full reports and headlines). Confidential to schools

·  Full and headline B&NES reports

·  Corporate reports – hard copies being sent to all schools and partners


B&NES results


·  Sharing results with partner organisations

o  Healthy Schools Management Group

o  School Nurse Team

o  Young People’s Substance Misuse Group

o  Anti-bullying Strategy Group

o  Equalities Team

o  Commissioning Teams

o  Play Partnership

o  Overview and Scrutiny panel


Support for Schools



·  Supporting schools to analyse their results

·  Identify strengths

·  Identify areas for development

·  Encourage all schools to take part next time



  • Judy, Kate and Sarah plus the school nurse in Secondary schools
  • School nurses in Primary schools


Primary – key findings



·  Healthy eating

·  Physical activity

·  Lower levels of drinking alcohol and smoking

·  E-safety advice

·  Higher self-esteem


Areas for development 

·  Worrying about problems 

·  Perceptions about bullying 

·  Sun safety 

·  Inappropriate uses of the internet 


Secondary – key findings



·  Happy with weight

·  Lower levels of smoking and drinking than national SHEU data

·  Higher self esteem

·  Positive relationships with adults

·  Physical activity

·  Time spent on homework

·  Aspiration re GCSE grades


Areas for development

·  Low uptake of school lunches

·  Sun safety especially boys

·  Numbers of accidents requiring treatment

·  Inappropriate uses of technology




32% (28% - SHEU data) of Year 6 pupils in B&NES had five or more portions of fruit and vegetables the day before, 4% (7%) had none.


87% (77%) of boys and 80% (71%) of girls in Year 6 exercised hard at least 3 days last week.


38% (26%) of primary pupils in Year 4 & 6 in B&NES had high self-esteem.


28% (36%) of Year 4 & 6 pupils in B&NES said they had been bullied at or near school in the past 12 months.


24% (31%) of Year 8 & 10 secondary pupils in B&NES smoked in the past or smoke now.


16% of Year 10 pupils in B&NES who have ever taken drugs.

46% (35%) of Year 8 & 10 secondary pupils in B&NES had high self-esteem.


22% (22%) of Year 8 & 10 secondary pupils in B&NES feel afraid of going to school because of bullying at least sometimes.


Suggested use of data



·  Share successes with school community, including staff, governors, parents and pupils

·  Identify up to 3 areas of focus

·  Access interventions through local partnerships e.g. School Nurse team, Healthy Lifestyles Team, Sports partnerships, LA Consultants etc.


Local Authority / Public Health:

·  Identifying health priorities

·  Commissioning services

·  Using data as a baseline to measure impact /outcomes


Councillor Katie Hall commented that she thought the figures in relation to bullying were incredibly high


The PSHE & Drug Education Consultant replied that they were higher than they would have liked and have been identified as an area to be improved upon.


Councillor Katie Hall asked if they expected the response that 25% of girls in Bath had ever taken drugs.


The PSHE & Drug Education Consultant replied that she had been surprised by this result. She added that the two girl only schools in Bath had not taken part in the survey.


Councillor Dine Romero asked if Years 11 & 12 could be asked to take part in the survey in the future.


The PSHE & Drug Education Consultant replied that she was willing to seek advice from schools as to how to carry out future surveys.


Councillor Dine Romero asked if the survey data was available on a ward by ward basis.


The Healthy Schools Co-ordinator replied that it was not, but would approach the PCT about widening the analysis in future years.


The Chairman on behalf of the Panel thanked them both for the presentation.