School Mental Health
We work with schools, the local authority and mental health services, to work out how best to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents. In 2019, we started an important survey of school pupils in Oxfordshire. Over 4000 pupils in 36 schools took part and we were able to share all relevant results with schools and services. We now plan to increase the numbers of young people participating, so we can better understand how to support them.
ONLINE PUPIL SURVEY - 2020 Edition (Ethical Approval Reference: R62366/RE009)
We have adapted the survey so that pupils in Oxfordshire and other participating counties can be invited to log in from home or school. We have included a range of questions to help schools understand how pupils are coping with the pandemic and lockdown (wellbeing and learning). Results will be provided to schools as quickly as possible this Summer, so that they can be prepared for what to expect when pupils return to school, and can be accessed by schools online. You can read more about the aims and value of the survey for schools here and in this recent news item.
We have separate sign-up links for schools in: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, East Berkshire, West Berkshire, Gloucestershire, and South Gloucestershire. Schools in Wiltshire, Bristol and North Somerset can sign up by emailing Pauline Foster (email@example.com).
The survey is now open until the end of term, but please ask your pupils to take part as soon as possible, so that we can get reports to schools quickly.
If you represent a local authority in another part of Southern England and are interested in being involved in future surveys, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also investigating the experiences of Education Mental Health Practitioners and other school mental health workers when providing mental health support during Covid-19. We hope this will help services to plan what mental health support is needed in schools in the context of Covid-19. We are looking for staff to take part in either or both of the following: an online survey (takes approximately five to ten minutes to complete) and an interview (of approximately 30 minutes) to describe some of their experiences of providing mental health support to schools and what support they think schools might need over the coming months. Please click here for more information.
DETAILED PUPIL SURVEY INFORMATION:
We have recorded a 3-minute video for pupils, which pupils are asked to watch before logging into the survey. If schools prefer not to send pupils a link to the video on YouTube, then it can be downloaded here and hosted on the school's own learning platform/website.
We have also provided detailed information on our research ethics (including safe-guarding), for participating local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and schools, and some slides on how to run the 2020 version of the pupil survey, which we recently presented in a webinar.
The Online Pupil Survey (2020) has been approved by the University of Oxford Research Ethics Committee (Reference: R62366/RE009).
This project has received funding and support from the Oxford and Thames Valley NIHR ARC, the Oxford Health NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, the MRC Mental Health Data Pathfinder (Oxford) and the University of Oxford COVID-19 Research Response fund. Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group are supporting the extension of the survey to Gloucestershire schools.