Supporting schools to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people
Toggle menu

FAB Research (from 2014)

Wiltshire Children and Young People's Health and Wellbeing Survey

During May and June schools in Wiltshire are able to offer their students a special survey to complete at home, adapted by collaborators at the University of Oxford and Foster and Brown to the current challenges of COVID-19 and school closure.

The aim of the survey is to help inform schools of how lockdown is impacting the well-being and learning of their pupils.

More information here


January - March 2000 survey

Previously we had over 6,000 Wiltshire pupils complete the wider 2020 survey, which is currently closed.

This online survey has been developed by Foster and Brown (FAB) Research in partnership with Wiltshire Council.

Wiltshire surveys for primary, secondary and 16+ students, are offered to pupils in years 4, 5, 6, 8, 10,12 and include all pupils in FE settings. 

The survey provides a comprehensive picture of the needs of children and young people across the whole of Wiltshire providing important data showing behaviour change of children aged 8 through to 16+.

The data, provided at school and county level, will not only provide useful evidence for Ofsted but enable schools to more effectively develop their PSHE Education curriculum and effectively target and monitor their Healthy Schools work.

The information will also be used by Wiltshire Council to inform strategic planning across the County and by the School Nursing Service to ensure that it is targeting support where it is most needed.

During 2017 nearly 10 000 Wiltshire children and young people took part in the survey which provided a powerful pupil voice telling us about the lives they lead, their daily habits, their fears and aspirations.

Questions asked include school experience and engagement, sleep behaviour, sociability, stress, self harm, internet safety, drug use, sexual activity and future prospects for older pupils and students.

Overall findings from the survey are positive; pupils are generally happy, report that they can eat healthy food at home, they take part in over 4 hours of physical activity a week, schools are dealing quite well with bullying. Most children and young people have never smoked, drunk alcohol or taken drugs. However the data also highlights aspects of concern and outcomes are significantly poorer for vulnerable groups.

A series of summary reports are available from the 2017 survey.

2017 summary reports

During 2015 nearly 7 000 Wiltshire children and young people took part in the survey.

Key findings from the 2015 survey were released during 2016 in a series of themed summary reports: