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Recommendations

The South Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Online Pupil Survey is based on a similar survey that has been running in Gloucestershire biennially since 2006. Neighbouring local authority Wiltshire have also run the survey for the first time this year (2015). Overall the results are very similar in most areas – in some cases within a decimal point of the regional neighbours and are following predicted trends that we have observed in longitudinal data in Gloucestershire. There is scope for the three local authorities to work in partnership to benchmark and track trends, identifying commonalities and local anomalies in order to better support commissioning of health and wellbeing services.

It’s anticipated that with sufficient funding the OPS will run biannually and over time provide data to demonstrate effectiveness of targeted and universal health and wellbeing services.

Next steps:

  • Generally boys feel safer outside than girls – interventions that develop (girl’s) resilience and confidence to feel safe outdoors should be explored (page 8).
  • The majority of children and young people who report being bullied indicated this was verbal and physical bullying (Fig.6). E-safety support is being put into schools to safeguard children and young people cyber bullying. In addition the data suggests that strategies to combat verbal and physical bullying are equally as important and should not be ignored.
  • Whilst the majority of children and young people report eating breakfast regularly, this reduces as age increases (Fig.10). In addition there is a direct comparison between not eating breakfast and an increase in snacking habits. Breakfast club interventions cold be extended to more schools.
  • Secondary aged pupils are much less satisfied with their lunch time experience (Fig.13). This supports findings from an earlier study that identified the ambience of the school dining hall as a fundamental to staying to eat in school.
  • Children and young people’s physical activity each week does not meet the recommended 6 hours (Figs. 17 & 18). Girls report taking part in less physical activity than boys and the amount of time spent takin part in physical activity in secondary school decreases as age increases.
  • One in three girls report being so worried they cannot sleep compared to 1 in 10 boys (Fig.27).
  • Overall being a year 10 girl is a risk factor for: not eating breakfast; monthly/weekly alcohol use; experiencing cyber bullying; regular self-harm; being unhappy at school, less proud of their achievements.

Our Health and Wellbeing Online Pupil Survey 2015 – http://edocs.southglos.gov.uk/onlinepupilsurvey2015/ provided 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.

Below are key areas that have been identified for further consideration:

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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