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Executive summary

The Health and Wellbeing Online Pupil Survey provides an important and comprehensive picture of the needs of children and young people across the whole of South Gloucestershire.  The children and young people taking part in the survey have provided a powerful vehicle for pupil voice ensuring local politicians and decision-makers recognise how children and young people are feeling and behaving. This should ensure scarcer resources are targeted at areas of most need.

The online pupil survey has data from over 6,000 pupils aged 8 to 18 years old, from 59 schools and settings covering over 300 questions and sub-questions.

The opinions and concerns reflected in this survey suggest that the children and young people of South Gloucestershire are in the main, typical of young people across the UK when compared to the national data available. The results of the Health and Wellbeing Online Pupils Survey give a broad portrayal of pupil lifestyles across the local authority, but care should be taken when interpreting individual questions as due to the nature of the survey, there are numerous variables to take into account.

Key assets:

  • Our children and young people feel safe: the vast majority of children and young people report feeling safe at home, at school and safe from crime. This is comparable with the regional average (fig.1).
  • The majority of children and young people feel their school deals well with bullying (Fig.3).
  • The majority of children and young people eat breakfast usually or every morning (Fig.10) and with the exception of queuing time, those who eat a school meal rate their school lunch experience to be good or very good (Figs.13&14).
  • The vast majority of our children and young people do not smoke (Fig.20). The vast majority of young people who say they drink alcohol don’t get drunk (Fig.22). The vast majority of young people have never tried illegal drugs (Fig.23).
  • The majority of children and young people report being good at making and keeping friends and are satisfied with their life (Fig.25). The majority of children and young people are extremely proud of what they have achieved (Fig.26).
  • Most children and young people expect to go into further education (point 4.3).

The detailed results and reports can be accessed using the Lodeseeker site https://sglos-ls.fabsurveys.co.uk/ . This is accessed with a user ID and password which may be obtained by contacting Sarah Godsell (Sarah.Godsell@southglos.gov.uk), the public health and well-being partnership officer for schools in South Gloucestershire.

We believe children and young people should have a good start in life, be safe and do as well as they can, while being able to access support when necessary. Our Health and Wellbeing Online Pupil Survey 2015 – http://edocs.southglos.gov.uk/onlinepupilsurvey2015/ provides a comprehensive picture of how children and young people behave and what they really think about a range of health-related issues in South Gloucestershire.

The online survey was completed by over 6,000 pupils aged 8 – 18 years-old (primary 3,753, secondary 1,926, Year 12/FE college 472) and divided into sections on healthy eating, physical activity, substances, citizenship, safety and relationships.’

Key findings include:

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We will use the survey to improve our young people’s health and wellbeing and their future life chances. For more information and to view the complete report or summary report visit www.southglos.gov.uk/healthinschools