Gweld e-bost hwn drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg
Welcome to the new schools to join the Network

Recruitment to the School Health Research Network has been open this term and we now have 160 secondary and middle schools across Wales. As a result, this will be the first newsletter some of you have received. To chart our development since 2013/14 you can go on our website to read earlier editions.

We will be offering recruitment to all secondary and middle schools in Wales until May 26th. Please make sure all schools you link to, know about it. All our recruitment materials are here.

We would hate a school to miss out on having valuable health and wellbeing data to inform school actions in the light of the development of the new curriculum (health and wellbeing as one of six core areas of learning and experience) and the greater focus on health and wellbeing in the Estyn Common Inspection Framework. 

Register to attend out annual Network Events

"Lovely atmosphere, well delivered presentations - not too long, very informative."
"Excellent - great to speak with and network with similar colleagues who face the same challenges."
"Pleased to see presentations from different schools and how they have used their reports."

As you can see from the comments above, our events last summer were well received, we will be holding similar events this year but to allow for the many more schools recruited, there will now be three:

Tuesday 13th June, 10am –3pm
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire

Thursday 15th June, 10am-3pm
Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Quay Hotel, Deganwy
Thursday 22nd June, 10am-3pm
Each event will provide an opportunity for:
  • Networking with others schools, the SHRN team and Healthy School staff
  • Considering the plans for the next Student Health and Wellbeing Survey (September – December 2017)
  • Sharing how schools they have used their 2015/16 Student Health and Wellbeing Reports and thoughts for the use of the 2017/18 Report.
  • Providing input into future plans and research development
To register for the North Wales event click here
To register for the South Wales event click here
To register for the West Wales event click here

The next School Health and Wellbeing Survey - autumn term 2017
This is the survey that will lead to you getting your next Student Health and Wellbeing Report to continue to self-assess the wellbeing needs of students and to evaluate the actions put in place as a result of the 2015/16 report. As in the last round it is electronic (computers, laptops and tablets can all be used) and will be available from September to December so that the school can organise completion as it suits.

Learning from last round was that schools used a variety of lessons: e.g PSE, IT, Welsh Baccalaureate, registration period (slightly extended if necessary) or as an activity within focus days. Schools at the events last year told us that the most important considerations were to:
  • plan ahead – preferably by the end of the summer term and get dates in the school diary
  • ensure a member of school staff attends our summer events as Gillian on the team will take you through all the steps required to ensure you have really rigorous student health and wellbeing data. 

How schools are using their health and wellbeing data

At our last summer event, Kate shared her thoughts on receiving their 2015/16 Student Health and Wellbeing Report:

"Very valuable! Statistics [from out Student Health and Wellbeing Report] identify priority target areas. Progress can then be measured against this through the two year cycle of data given to the school."
Kate Perna, Learning Director for Pupil Participation

Read more about Brynteg School here.

Research briefs
It was only last term that we started to introduce brief, easy to read resumes of SHRN research, made possible by the use of the data from the Network student and school environment surveys. They are quick to read and can guide your health and wellbeing actions. The format is: 
  • What we already knew
  • What we did
  • What we found
  • Issues to consider
  • What does it mean for my school?
Ones that have been published since the autumn are:

School commitment to health and implementation of health improvement activities
Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in young people in Wales in 2014
School smoking policies and student use of tobacco, e-cigarettes and cannabis

The new one we have to share is: 

Electronic cigarette use in young people in Wales
This is a new health issue for schools. Data from the combined data of 32000 young people from Network schools in 2015/16 showed that regular use of e-cigarettes has almost doubled since 2013. Read more here.
Research briefs often link to webinars we have run this year – if you missed any they are now on the website. As always, happy to hear any thoughts you have to share:


Healthwise Wales: how can SHRN schools help?

Parents, staff or students in Year 12 and 13 may be interested in becoming involved in this research:

HealthWise Wales is a national research study, which aims to develop an in-depth knowledge of the health of the people of Wales. The information gained will be used to help the NHS plan for the future.

The study aims to recruit 260,000 people, aged 16 and older who live in Wales or access their health care in Wales. It only takes 10 minutes to sign up and fill out an online survey about health and wellbeing. Additional questions will be emailed to participants every six months. For more information about the project and animated videos explaining how we keep our data safe please visit the website.
For more information please contact Julia Townson, Research Fellow, HealthWise Wales, Cardiff University.

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