13 January 2014
Somerset Children and Young People Survey

The 'Somerset Children and Young People Survey' (SCYPS) is being commissioned by the Somerset Health and Wellbeing in Learning Programme to provide schools and colleges with a unique insight into the lives and experiences of young people. The survey, which will be completed by children and young people in National Curriculum Years 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 (including FE Colleges), will take place in March 2014. Containing age-appropriate questions, the survey is designed to gather information about children and young people’s health-related behaviours, perceptions and understanding.


The experience of schools in other areas of the country has confirmed that participating in a health and wellbeing survey generates data that proves highly useful in their school development and planning. Additionally, it has provided evidence for Ofsted of pupil voice informing policy and practice leading to school improvement.


Somerset Public Health will use information from the survey to influence commissioning decisions targeting support in the areas where it is most needed, particularly for the most vulnerable children and families.


Comments from schools that have run the survey:


"As a Deputy Head in Bristol at a large secondary school I was involved in taking part in a city wide health and wellbeing survey over a period of six years. Completing the survey every two years grew in importance year on year, with the final cycle having a major impact on our SDP, PHSE curriculum, Ofsted outcomes and governor understanding.


Over the six year period we moved from a small sample in two tutor groups filling in a paper survey to two year groups completing an online survey. The reports produced give graphical analysis of a wide range of issues. As a result of the survey we increased the number of PSHE workshop days for students to address issues such as smoking, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-bullying workshops. The surveys helped Governors make a positive informed decision to allow Brook Advisory Clinic nurses on site to support students.


As a result of taking part and using the evidence provided we were able to offer more support for students which had a direct impact on improved attendance and outcomes."


Richard Berry - Principal, Sky College, Taunton


“….it gives us useful data to show us the impact of the strategies we use and informs us about the physical and emotional health and well-being of the children. It also helps us to plan for the future, allocate resources and budget appropriately.”

Head Teacher, South Gloucestershire


"The survey helped us inform and shape our existing self-evaluation and school improvement procedures."

Head Teacher, BANES


"I like the way information was benchmarked against national figures. That was useful!"

Head Teacher, Surrey


The 2014 survey will run during the following two weeks:

  • 10th to 14th March
  • 17th to 21st March

Schools and colleges wishing to participate in the survey must registerregistrations should be made before 3rd February 2014.


Expressions of interest are also invited from teachers who would like to apply to become Lead Teachers to support the team and the Somerset Children and Young People Survey - further information can be found here.


Training Dates:

We are inviting schools to participate in either one of two training sessions currently scheduled. Staff who attend will be given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the survey and to explore the reporting tools. The dates for these training events are:


Tuesday 25th February 2014 - 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Long Sutton Golf Club

Wednesday 26th February 2014 - 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Junction 24, Bridgwater


To register your place at one of the training events please …click here