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Our research group runs the OxWell Student Survey, an online school-based study that directly asks students about their mental health, well-being and school experience. Our aim is to learn from school-aged children and adolescents, aged 9-18 years about what they need, which factors influence their wellbeing, and how they would like to access help if they have mental health difficulties. The OxWell 2023 survey (Feb-March 2023) had over 40,000 students participate from 185 schools and Further Education Colleges in 6 local authority areas. Over 200 questions were asked, providing us with invaluable information. The OxWell Survey has previously been conducted in 2021, 2020 and 2019. We work closely with schools, local authorities and mental health commissioners and services and welcome collaborations with interested researchers and services. We would like to thank the schools and students for the considerable time they have spent participating in our study.

Student feedback on the 2023 OxWell findings
Student feedback on the 2023 OxWell findings

OxWell STUDENT Survey (Online Pupil Survey) - 2023 (Ethical Approval Reference: R62366/RE0014)

We are currently recruiting NON_MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS to a Special OxWell Survey that will close early March 2024. All schools in England can participate and sign up is on the website.

We are incredibly grateful to all the young people who took part in this survey as it is helping us better understand what we can do in schools and with health services to better support all young people. Out early findings video for schools who participated was one of our first outputs and can be viewed here. Please look at the OxWell website for more information where you can see latest outputs and resources developed. The National OxWell 2023 Insights Webinar took place on July 6th and can be viewed here.The 2023 survey was conducted in February - March 2023. Each participating school received a summary of their school results in May, and partners, schools and students have access (since June 2023) to summaries of the data through an online dashboard. The study protocol has been published in BMJ Open. Further information about the research programme, publications, academic collaborators and previous OxWell survey questions asked can be found on the OSF platform.

Summary Findings from 2021

A brief report of findings from the 2021 survey is available. The variable guides are available on the OSF platform under 'The OxWell School Survey on Mental Health and Well-being'.  Publications from previous waves of the OxWell data include some findings related to the Covid-19 pandemic as we were able to collect before, during and after the main period of lockdown. For example, we have tried to understand more about the impact of lockdown and those most at risk as well as those most likely to be 'happier' in lockdown and why that might be; we explored attitudes to Covid vaccination and also patterns of help-seeking following self-harm. We have looked at sleep as well as looking at associations between mental health and video gaming.  The 2019 Oxfordshire OxWell School Survey findings are available in this 2019 summary report

Our team is expanding with over 30 researchers and collaborators joining us, please contact us for more information. For a full team list please look at the OSF; the team includes our amazing stats lead Simon White at the University of Cambridge and Rohan Borschmann at the University of Melbourne.


For parents and participants 16 years of age and older, the 2023 Parent information Sheet can be found here, and some frequently asked questions can be found here. Parents of pupils under 16 years of age are sent the information sheet and provided with instructions on how to opt-out by contacting the school directly.

Ethical Approval

The OxWell Student Survey (2023) has been approved by the University of Oxford Research Ethics Committee (Reference: R62366/RE0014).

Funding Information

This project has received funding and support from the Oxford and Thames Valley NIHR Applied Research Collaboration and the Westminster Foundation. Participating local authorities and clinical commissioning partners contribute to the running costs of the survey. Previous surveys have received funding from Oxford Health NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, and the MRC Mental Health Data Pathfinder (Oxford). 



Our team

Selected Publications

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