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Date: 19th May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers, 


Our school, along with several others, has agreed to participate in a very important Health Behaviour Survey amongst young people.  We have been asked to support the work of the Local Authority and Public Health and we stand to benefit substantially through our participation in the survey. 

The survey data in schools may prompt review of the curriculum and have also been used in a variety of ways including:

  1. As a starting point for discussion in classroom activities
  2. As a guide in the choice of resources
  3. As a prompt for appropriate timing of courses
  4. As a beginning for further enquiry to strengthen existing programmes, e.g. in PE
  5. As a starting point for discussions between parents and schools

The survey method that we are using has been developed by the Schools Health Education Unit, Exeter and has been in use now for over 40 years. Over 3000 schools have used the survey, many of them regularly repeating the survey.

The questions concern a wide range of health behaviours, for example:

Home and family Relationships, emotional health and well-being, 

Tobacco, Alcohol, Leisure and money 

Healthy Eating Exercise

Drugs Sexual Health

The Local Authority and Public Health will also have a reliable database upon which it can objectively plan health care provision for young people. Links between the school and Public Health can be strengthened.

Both the Local Authority and the school find the content of the questionnaire acceptable; it has been customised to suit our local setting. 

Each questionnaire is anonymous and confidential, and no pupil will be identified when the data is returned to your school.  The Local Authority will receive only the summary of all schools in which individual schools are not identified. Data Protection concerns are covered in the Privacy Notice for pupils, which can be found on the reverse of this sheet. 

I hope you will agree with us that this is an exercise in which we wish to cooperate fully.  I will assume you do approve unless I hear otherwise and I look forward to working with you in planning improved health promotion for our pupils. We hold a copy of the questionnaire in the school office, and if you would like to examine it, you are welcome to do so by appointment.

Yours sincerely

SJ Coulter 

Simon Coulter 

Assistant Headteacher

Educational Diversity