The survey provides a unique insight in the lives of young people regarding their own health and wellbeing and experiences of school life. It is completed by children and young people in National Curriculum Years 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 (including FE Colleges) and is free to for all educational settings in Somerset. It can be completed online or in paper format and there is training available for any school who wishes to participate.
Data is collated and analysed by SHEU, each school receives their own personalised report, with the option to compare results at a district, county and national level. Somerset schools who have participated in previous surveys have reported that it provides a useful and detailed insight in the wellbeing of their pupils, enabling them to demonstrate the impact of their strategies, maximise their resources, and allocate budgets appropriately.
Other examples of how the survey has been a useful resource to schools are:
Teachers have used the data to improve the quality and delivery of their PSHE lessons;
Evidence to achieve school improvement awards
Evidence for Ofsted outcomes as well as improved governor understanding of the key issues for pupils. Used to secure additional funding for pupil support services, having a direct impact on improved attendance and outcomes
For further information about SCYPS please contact SHEU at or Jameelah Ingram, local SHEU coordinator at
To sign up to the 2018 survey go to: