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School Health and Wellbeing (SHEU) Survey

Page last updated: 06/11/2018

​​​​​The School Health and Wellbeing survey is now in its eleventh year and is building a good knowledge of trends on the well-being of children and young people in Essex.  The survey period runs annually through January to March and participating schools are asked to timetable one hour for the activity to be completed by pupils from Year 4 and upwards.

All schools that take part receive their own summary report comparing results to the wider Essex sample shortly after the survey period, along with County and district level reports. Registrations are now open for the 2019 round.  If you have any queries please email

To see the latest reports available, please download the documents below: 

For more information please look at the letter from Clare Kershaw, Director for Education. 

Registration for 2019

Registration is now open. If you would like to register your school to take part in Spring 2019, please click here​ to register.
If you have any queries about the survey please email

Schools Health and Wellbeing Survey Privacy Notice

The survey has been developed by Essex County Council in partnership with the Schools Health Education Unit (

The survey includes a range of questions, covering topics such as:

  • Physical wellbeing
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Bullying
  • Leisure
  • Relationships*
  • Drugs and alcohol*
  • Cigarettes*

    * Secondary age pupils only


    The survey is completely anonymous; respondents are not asked to give their name, date of birth or address.  No one will know what answers they have given unless the respondent wants other people to know.  

    If respondents do include any personal identifying information (such as name, date of birth or address) anywhere in the survey, then it might be possible for the Schools Health Education Unit or Essex County Council to identify individuals.  This information will not be disclosed to the school or college the young person attends, or to anyone else who is not involved in analysing the results of the survey, unless safeguarding concerns have been raised. If respondents disclose information within the survey that raises concerns about their safety, and where possible, other data enables them to be identified then the Schools Health Education Unit will have a duty to pass on this information to the respondent's school or college.  The school/college will follow up any such concerns in line with their existing safeguarding policy. 

    Results from the survey will be used by Essex County Council and other services to develop health and wellbeing support for Essex children.

    The Schools Health Education Unit will provide anonymised reports and statistics to all schools and colleges that take part to help them understand the needs of students.

    The raw data will be stored securely and will also be used by the Schools Health Education Unit and Essex County Council to inform future versions of the survey and to compare results from year to year.  Raw data will only be shared with those staff at the Schools Health Education Unit and Essex County Council who are involved in analysing and reporting on the findings.  Results reports and trend data will be retained for permanent preservation in an anonymised format, by both organisations.

    Anonymised summarised findings from the survey will be made available to Essex County Council, its partners and also published online.

    By completing the survey it is assumed that young people are agreeing for their information to be used as set out in this Notice. This Notice also applies to partially completed surveys.  If any pupils or their parents do not agree with how the data will be used, they must advise the school/college that they do not want to take part in the survey.

    The Data Controller is Essex County Council.

    The Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU) is the Data Processor.

    The legal basis for carrying out this work is 'public task in the public interest'.


    The survey is managed by the Research & Citizen Insight team, Essex County Council (email


    Essex County Council fully complies with information legislation.  If you would like the full details of how we use personal data, and the rights you have about its use, please go to  or call 03457 430430.

    To view Essex County Council's privacy notice, please go to

    Click the following link to view SHEU's privacy notice.​