Gaining the Pupil Voice is an essential component to a whole school approach to Healthy Schools. The following resources may be helpful in supporting you to do this in your school. 

Pupil voice : Mentally Healthy Schools

The 2023 How Are You? Survey has been relaunched for secondary schools. 

This Autumn, we would encourage you to carry out the How are you? Survey with Yrs 8, 10 and 12 if applicable in your setting and would like you to do so by the Christmas 2023 holidays if possible. Thank you.  

The survey takes on average, 11 minutes for pupils to complete and so can be carried out in a tutor session.

Individual students complete a set of questions anonymously and will give you an excellent insight to your pupils’ viewpoints, including:

  • Gender identity
  • Sexuality
  • Perceptions: smoking, vaping, cannabis, other drugs, alcohol, sexting, pornography, sex, knife carrying
  • Bullying
  • Self-harm
  • Their mental/emotional health
  • Support networks
  • Use of social media
  • Personal safety
  • Respect
  • Self-care strategies
  • Safe sex
  • Views of PSHE

Angela Milliken-Tull, Co-founder & director Chameleon PDE explains, "Part of Chameleon PDE’s award-winning ‘wrap round’ support for teachers is the ‘How Are You?’ student voice survey. In 2022/23, around 11,000 11–18-year old students completed the survey and schools regularly reported on the usefulness of the data in helping not only ‘bespoke’ their PSHE offer, but also the very favourable feedback they received during school inspection.

The most popular year groups surveyed were Year 8, 10 and 12 and the ease of deployment and sharing of results with stakeholders makes the ‘How Are You?’ survey and excellent choice for schools seeking evidence of how they effectively consult with students and make their PSHE programme reactive to student needs and relevant to all students in their setting.

The survey is quick and easy to deploy, taking around 11 minutes to complete. School reports are quickly analysed and returned to you and new for 2023/24 is a comparison report showing how your students compare against students of the same age in our extensive database.

So, if you want to set yourself apart and move to the next level when it comes to evidence based student voice consultation start the journey by launching your ‘How Are You?’ survey!"

Having a combined set of results from all Swindon secondary schools also helps to inform our Public Health work. For example, feedback from previous How are You? survey results prompted Swindon Borough Council’s Public Health team to commission smoking/vaping prevention workshops for secondary schools.

A template letter to send to parents and carers can be downloaded here.

The How Are You? survey deployment guidance for schools can be downloaded here

Please contact SwindonHealthySchools@swindon.gov.uk to be sent the survey links to be completed by students.

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