The Online Pupil Survey (OPS) is now open to all Oxfordshire schools, funded by a University of Oxford Project called Pathfinder - iSAM. See more information about iSAM here (pdf). Pathfinder is aimed at gathering and integrating information from large data sets, such as online "E-Cohorts", to help researchers and health professionals better understand mental health and well-being. iSAM aims to gain insight into the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents, and the OPS is playing an important role in this project.
For information on the Oxfordshire survey content see here or sign up for one of our twilight survey information sessions. For a description of how the LodeSeeker data tool for schools works see here.
The Gloucestershire schools Online Pupil Survey (OPS) 2018 is now complete and results are available on LodeSeeker™. Over 33,000 children and young people responded this year!
The official report is now available here.
The South Gloucestershire Online Pupil Survey (OPS) 2019 is well underway.
If you are a South Gloucestershire school you can sign up here.
South Gloucestershire have published their summary of the Online Pupil Survey 2017
Gloucestershire OPS results were used as part of a study investigating the incidence of suicide and self-harm in adolescents in England - published in The Lancet 12th December 2017 - Incidence of suicide, hospital-presenting non-fatal self-harm, and community-occurring non-fatal self-harm in adolescents in England (the iceberg model of self-harm): a retrospective study Guelayov G, Casey D, McDonald K.C, Foster P, Pritchard K, Wells C, Clements C, Kapur N, Ness J, Waters K, Hawton K
More from the Oxford researchers - a new guide for parents coping with their children self-harming - you are not alone
Also developed by the researchers at the University of Oxford there is a guide for School staff: Young people who self harm: A guide for school staff
As part of our collaboration with split second research, Pauline presented a very interesting talk at food matters live about how our unconscious and emotional responses to packaging influence our choice of what to buy. Her presentation can be seen here.
This is a really good example of how gathering data and obtaining a deep understanding of behaviour can help tackle what may appear to be intractable problems with substance abuse - read about how Iceland is stopping teen substance abuse . Our survey asks very similar questions regarding substance abuse and type of activities and our reporting software allows analysts to compare schools and identify problem areas.
A recent presentation and report on electronic cigarettes by Public Health England South West identified key messages for specialist nurses which follow the messages in this blog from Public Health England. One of the remaining questions is whether e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking in young people. One of our survey questions is attempting to gather evidence regarding this.
For those of you who are interested in the accuracy of our results, here's some figures for Gloucestershire in 2016:
|Year Group||Number in database||% population based on NOR (as of October 2015)|
|Year 5 (new optional yeargroup)||3,613||58.0%|
|Year 12 in schools (not colleges)||2,674||76.5%|
Statistically, that’s a confident interval of 0.28 at 95% confidence level or 0.36 at the 99% confidence level (this means if we repeated the survey over the entire population we would get the same results + or – 0.36% and we can be certain of this 99% of the time).