Children and schools have been thanked for taking part in a regular survey designed to help improve the health and wellbeing of pupils.

The Health Related Behaviour Survey, commissioned by the City of Wolverhampton Council, asks questions about the behaviour and attitude of children and young people across a range of themes, such as physical activity, food, bullying, emotional wellbeing and safety. 

There are age appropriate surveys for children in Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, secondary school and sixth form or college, and adapted questionnaires for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. Surveys are anonymous and carried out online in schools and other educational settings.

Nearly 8,000 pupils from 56 schools and other settings took place this year, with each school provided with a bespoke report which shows how they compare to the city average.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Now more than ever, it is vitally important for us to understand the views and experiences of our children and young people to ensure they live healthily and can thrive.

"We encourage schools to complete this survey, and to use the results to identify need and priorities to help improve the health and wellbeing of their pupils. 

"It can give them a baseline to measure progress for any initiatives that they put in place, and help to inform curriculum planning and in developing whole school approaches to themes such as physical activity, healthy eating and emotional wellbeing.

"We will also use the survey data to work collaboratively with schools and our wider partners to impact on the key challenges we have in our city and make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people."

Sarah Horton, Headteacher at St Stephen’s CE Primary School, said: "We have taken part in the Health Related Behaviour Survey for a number of years now as it helps us to further understand the views of our children across a range of themes. 

"The data arising from the survey supports us in celebrating initiatives that have had a positive impact on the lives of our young people; it also informs our curriculum planning for future years."

Councillor Jaspal added: "Each school which took part in the 2022 survey has now received its report and we hope this will give them a head start in planning over the summer break. In September, we will be launching the city wide results and thematic reports."