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Sharing the Learning from our Network Events

It was lovely to see so many of you at our annual Network events in June. There were 145 of you in all across the 3 national events. It is so lovely for us to be able to meet up and talk to you in person and to get your views on how we can shape the Network to ensure you all get the most from belonging. Your comments will guide our work plan for the next academic year.  

It was great to hear how much you value attending the events too:

An informative and enjoyable day.’

‘Great value in sharing good practice and getting a chance to review this practice with colleagues.’
‘This was the first conference I attended – the presentations on the day were highly engaging and purposeful’

‘Good opportunity to collaborate’

Those who attended gave us some very valuable pointers on improvements we can make in relation to the Student Survey and School Environment Questionnaire for 2019. If you were unable to attend an event we would still like you to make suggestions for us to act on – please complete this short form and email back to us.

School presentations
As in previous events a highlight is hearing how schools are using their health and wellbeing data. We want to thank the brave teachers that volunteered to present this year. The brief was the same to everyone… ‘Tell us how you have used and plan to use your data from the 2017 survey’. The variety of responses we had to that were very stimulating for us to hear. For those of you that don’t have the privilege of being at all three events like we do, here is a brief summary of them all

Claire Samuel, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator – Olchfa School, Swansea
Olchfa joined the Network in 2017 and were focussed on getting ‘a fully representative picture’ from the student survey. Claire worked hard to ensure that nearly 90% of students were surveyed – an impressive 1400 students! She noted that as a Pioneer school for Health and Wellbeing, having data every two years will be very valuable ‘to look at the impact of changes we make to the curriculum.’

Vanessa Jenkins Assistant Headteacher - Ysgol Maesydderwen, Powys
Vanessa spoke about the experiences of using the SHRN report alongside other sources of data. She shared how valuable two rounds of Student Health and Wellbeing reports have been for informing whole school and departmental plans. She shared the areas of concern the school are focussing on in 2018/19 and their plans for action.

Rachel Edwards, Teacher - Pembroke School, Pembrokeshire
Rachel’s presentation showed the potential of the data to provide a school improvement focus as the school moves to a new site and becomes Ysgol Harri Tudor/Henry Tudor School. Concerns around smoking that were highlighted in their data became a catalyst for actions undertaken as a whole school community with support from Liz Western, the Healthy School lead in Pembrokeshire and a number of local agencies.

Alan Williams, Deputy Headteacher - Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern, Cardiff
Alan summarised the actions that will develop from their first round of student data under the following headings: celebrate, target, plan, act and evaluate. He shared some thoughts on actions such as increasing physical activity amongst girls and improving teacher/pupils relationships in a whole school/healthy schools approach.

Lucy Bunce, Assistant Headteacher – Y Pant School, Rhonadda Cynon Taf
Lucy explained that their data had shown some specific trends of health behaviours relating to gender and age range that seem to link with a gender gap seen in academic outcomes. The school wanted to delve further into the data so introduced a short non-anonymised survey the results of which will enable targeted support moving forward.

Ian Humpage, Assistant Headteacher - St Joseph’s R.C. High School, Newport
Ian related that it was promising that there was some positive data in the school report to reflect the focus on health and wellbeing taken in the last few years. However he was also able to outline concerns that the data had thrown up which the school planned to action as ‘quick wins’ as well as to tackle over the longer term before the next round of data could be used as an evaluation tool.

Eleanor Owen, PSE Coordinator – Ysgol Eirias, Conwy
Ellie explained how staff, governors and students have seen the data and that it is being used to plan actions, but also support elements of the curriculum. The data has been shared with external agencies such as the catering service and the police in order to ensure tailored support across PSE and wider whole-school actions.

Michael Hughes, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator – St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, Flintshire
Mike took us back to actions developed on receipt of their 2015/16 data when Estyn has praised the school for an ‘approach to change driven by real data.” He was excited that some of these actions had reflected positively in their 2018 data. As part of his Senior Leadership course, he is applying a whole school approach to tackle a number of national issues related to food and fitness which were also highlighted in the 2018 round of data.
Above: Members of the School Council at St Richard Gwyn analysing their Student Health and Wellbeing reports, and developing action plans.
*Bethan Edge from St Davids High School Flint had offered to present but had to withdraw due to Estyn arriving in school on the date of the event…! We hope it went well and look forward to hearing this another time.
Additional Presentations
Gillian gave an overview of the 2017/18 survey round which contains some interesting facts

We had a Public Health Wales presentation on the health and wellbeing drivers around at the moment. Joan then talked about the school Health Research Network fits into this picture.

We were excited to have an update on the development of the Health and Wellbeing Area of Learning and Experience at each event and this presentation is also included with a link to more detailed paperwork. These presentations and documents can also be found at

Dates for your Diary 2018/19
 We gave out dates early this year to ensure it would be easier for you to get them into the school diary. As a non-survey year it will be quieter but in the Autumn term we will just ask you to complete a very brief electronic questionnaire on how your school is using your student health and wellbeing report.
We hope you can join us for webinars and that you come to our events next year to prepare you for the 2019 survey.
Some people indicated at the events that attending webinars after school hours are difficult due to other commitments. Please see below a doodle poll and indicate which times would work best for you. We will let you know when we invite you to the first webinar if we need to change the time.

Our current proposed summer event dates are:

Tuesday 18th June 2019
Parc Y Scarlets, West Wales
Thursday 20th June 2019
South Wales, venue TBC
Wednesday 26th June 2019
Deganwy Quay Hotel and Spa, North Wales

...and the Innovation in Healthcare Award foes to.....

We were so excited when the School Health Research Network received the Innovation in Healthcare Award at the 20th Cardiff University Innovation and Impact Awards. It was a very special evening (such a shame that Gillian couldn’t attend) that celebrated collaborative partnerships between the university and other organisations. We were accompanied by our partners at Welsh government and public Health Wales.

It felt such a privilege to be there. The other award winners were doing such exciting work in such varied fields as cyber security and the safety of protective vests for the police and armed forces. The People’s Award went to a very worthy winner:  the School of Medicine and TeloNostiX for their development of a cancer diagnostic tool.

We were sent some of the lovely comments made by those of you that voted for SHRN in the people’s award so want to thank you for  - we were really touched to read them so we are sharing:


‘The work SHRN is doing is hugely innovative ….. It’s making a difference to the young people of Wales. Allowing schools to have data on the health behaviours of their students is incredibly exciting and important, allowing schools to make changes to policy and practice and also to recognise what they're doing WELL. This network will have a lasting impact on the children and young people of Wales.’
       ‘Quite simply they are awesome!
I have been involved with the SHRN team since 2015 as a teacher in a North Wales school. Their survey, analysis and opportunity to collaborate at their regional conference and discuss projects to benefit young people’s health and wellbeing has been so worthwhile... Always there to discuss issues or answer questions, they really do deserve this award. They have truly benefitted the future of our country in so many ways!’

School Intranet Pages
As most of you will be aware, you can access electronic copies of your Student Health and Wellbeing Report, along with a number of other useful resources, on your school’s intranet page. This page can be accessed here:

Because login details were set up when schools joined the network, there is the possibility that the email address associated with the account, or your school’s lead for SHRN may have changed resulting in the login details no longer being valid.

All current email addresses that we have recorded have been sent to our web contractors to update login details, but please do not hesitate to let us know if there is a more up-to-date email address that you would like your schools account to be registered to. You should receive notification of change of login details within the next couple of weeks.
Our partner Cancer Research UK will be at the National Welsh Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay on 3-11th August 2018. They will have some researchers, research nurses and cancer awareness nurses coming along, as well as some interactive games. They would love to meet you!

Cancer Research UK also have free heath publications which you can download or order for free:  These could be useful for use across the curriculum or for use with a health day or similar school community event.
Skills Challenge Certificate Teacher Conference
Welsh Baccalaureate teachers and coordinators are invited to attend a free one day skills development event which aims to improve the confidence of staff in delivering the skills challenge certificate.
Formerly the Welsh Baccalaureate Teacher Conference, the new Skills Challenge Certificate Conference has been developed by Cardiff University academics in partnership with advisory teachers.
Delegates will have the opportunity to attend 5 workshops during the day.
The conference programme has been structured around the different stages of the research process. The workshops will give delegates the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of different research methods and analysis techniques, as well as the opportunity to collect and analyse their own data.
This teacher conference is funded by CSC and EAS regional consortia. Teachers from across Wales are welcome to register to attend, however priority will be given in the first instance to teachers from schools within CSC and EAS.
The conference is open to teachers delivering to key stage 4 and/or key stage 5 students.
The conference will be in the medium of English.

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