School & Parent FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is #BeeWell?

#BeeWell is a new three-year programme for secondary schools across Greater Manchester that focuses on young people’s wellbeing, and the factors that influence their wellbeing. Click here to find out more.

Who can participate in #BeeWell?

All secondary schools across Greater Manchester are eligible to participate in #BeeWell. We will survey students in Years 8 and 10 in autumn 2021, Years 9 and 10 in autumn 2022, and Year 10 only in autumn 2023.

What does the #BeeWell survey measure?

The survey measures drivers and domains of wellbeing:

  • Six Drivers – Health and Routines, Hobbies and Entertainment, Relationships, School, Environment and Society, and Future
  • Three Domains – Meaning, Purpose and Control, Understanding Yourself, and Emotions.
How do the students complete the survey?

The survey is completed online in school. The survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete. We recommend reserving one lesson.

Who has access to the data that students provide?

A research team based at the University of Manchester will have access to identifiable participant-level data. Members of the research team have been trained in Information Security and Data Governance. The data dashboard system available to schools and Local Authorities will use aggregated data that will not allow identification of individual students’ data.

What happens after submitting the surveys?

After the conclusion of a given survey window, the #BeeWell team clean and prepare the submitted data ready for the feedback reporting stage of the annual cycle.  Based on current estimates, we anticipate that feedback reports will be made available at the beginning of February in a given year.  At this time, support from the Child Outcomes Research Consortium will also be available to help schools interpret and act on their feedback reports.

Does this research have ethical approval?

Yes.  #BeeWell was reviewed and approved by the University of Manchester’s Research Ethics Committee (reference 2021-11133-18179).

Is the research GDPR compliant?

Yes.  Please read our GDPR notice here  (opens in a new window) which outlines the data we will hold, the legal basis for processing these data, how data will be stored and shared, and the rights of data subjects.

What will feedback reports for schools provide? What will survey feedback reports for schools provide and how are they useful?

Schools will receive bespoke, aggregated feedback reports. This will include data summaries, for example through funnel plots and bar charts, that will highlight wellbeing trends in schools. Using the online dashboard, schools can interrogate wellbeing trends at different levels of granularity (for instance by year group, sex, and free school meal eligibility) as well as over time.

Do teachers/the school get information from the measures for individual pupils, or for the population, or both?

Schools can access data at a population-level (and various strata of their pupil population – for example, boys and girls, and different year groups) through our online data dashboard. The aggregated information on the dashboard will not let teachers or schools identify individual pupils’ responses.   All outputs in the dashboard represent at least 10 pupils.

If the survey flagged that a child was having mental health or wellbeing difficulties, how does this link to support for young people?

The #BeeWell survey is not intended to be used as a screening tool to identify individuals in need of support, and indeed, schools will not receive feedback about individual pupils.  As a result, individual survey scores will not be used as a basis for determining support for young people.  Rather, #BeeWell uses aggregated data to flag areas of strength and difficulty across the student population (and subgroups, such as those eligible for free school meals).

Has any provision been made for supporting children should they be adversely affected by having to consider these questions?

A distress protocol is provided to the school staff who are facilitating the completion of the survey. In addition, the surveys will signpost pupils towards sources of support they can seek out (such as parents or guardians, school staff, Childline) if they feel adversely affected.

Is any support given to address what highlighted?

All schools will be offered support from the Child Outcomes Research Consortium to help them understand the results and plan for improvement.

Implementing the survey

Are paper copies of the pupil survey available?

No. The survey is only available via our secure, online survey platform (powered by Qualtrics).  The scale of #BeeWell (tens of thousands of pupil surveys) makes paper surveys impractical in terms of cost and environmental considerations.

What is the staff commitment needed for completing the survey & engaging in the project?

Each participating school needs a nominated #BeeWell lead who will act as our primary point of contact and be responsible for co-ordinating project participation.

How do pupils access the survey?

Pupils access the survey online using a unique password. The list of passwords is provided to teachers beforehand. The survey is accessed online on computers in schools.

How do I explain the survey to my pupils?

Schools will receive documentation with a standardised set of instructions for explaining the survey to pupils (including PowerPoint slides and a link to a brief explanatory video) in September 2021, ahead of the first survey window.

How long will it take for pupils to complete the survey on average?

On average, our survey takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete. We recommend reserving one lesson.

Can the survey be completed on an iPad, tablet or phone?

Yes. The survey is online and so can be accessed on an iPad/tablet, or phone browser. We recommend using a desktop computer or laptop.

Is it okay for staff to help and support pupils while they are completing the survey, in particular with regard to English as an Additional Language children or those with a lower reading age/understanding?

Yes. We will provide a set of standardised instructions for school staff with recommendations for how pupils who require additional support can participate fully.

How was the survey developed?

The #BeeWell team engaged with more than 150 young people from Pathfinder schools across Greater Manchester in a series of workshops throughout the initial planning stages of the survey. During these workshops, young people provided invaluable insights into what wellbeing means to them, what factors influence their wellbeing, and what makes them thrive.  The outcomes from the workshops were combined with inputs from a Questionnaire Advisory Group comprising of young people, academics, mental health professionals, healthcare representatives, parents, and teachers, to inform the themes covered by the survey.

Do pupils have to take part?

No, parents and carers can opt out of the survey using the forms provided.  Each pupil also has the option to opt out at the start of the survey.  Pupils can also choose not to answer any of the questions.

Who will see the results for my school?

Only your school will receive access to your school’s aggregated results.  The responses from all pupils will be collected together, analysed and shared.  Your school’s results will be included in this data but staff in other schools will not be able to identify your school or any individual pupils within the data.

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