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School Safeguarding Audit goes online

This year we were commissioned by the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board to adapt our OPS software suite to fit the annual Schools and Colleges Safeguarding (Section 175) Audit. We are very excited to be part of this project and hope that it will ease the burden of reporting all-round by making creative use of our mix of data entry, reporting and monitoring tools.

More details of the audit »

Gloucestershire Online Pupil Survey 2018

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! A background to this years' survey can be seen in this presentation.

Using neurodesign to influence consumer choice

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.

South Gloucestershire Online Pupil Survey 2019

The South Gloucestershire Online Pupil Survey (OPS) 2019 is being prepared for launch during January.

South Gloucestershire schools can sign up here.

South Gloucestershire 2017 OPS report

South Gloucestershire have published their summary of the Online Pupil Survey 2017

Details about our Online surveys »  

LodeSeeker™ just got better!

LodeSeeker™ now has a school dashboard which gives an overview of results, trends and response statistics at login time along with quick access to summary reports. Originally LodeSeeker™ was developed to provide centrally-based analysts with a detailed view of the responses from our surveys, including filters for drilling down and comparing data in the most flexible way. Over the years the number of filters and report types has increased and can sometimes be daunting for new users. The dashboard will give schools quick access to information important to them whilst still being able to continue to delve deeper into their data using the Advanced Search facility. Here you can read an overview of LodeSeeker™ and examples of analysis resulting from 2016 data as a pdf.

More details » Overview (pdf) »

OPS helping to understand self-harm

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

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Interesting stuff

Scrub up on Science 2018

Scrub up on Science is an educational website providing free practical Chemistry resources to UK secondary schools. They also run an annual schools competition like this one for 2018

Their website has details of the Scrub up on Science challenge for 2018 and there are some free Chemistry resources available, including practical experiments for KS3 and KS4 in the teacher's area.

The songwriting charity

There is evidence emerging from OPS data that this project is having an impact which we are all pleased about as it is such a lovely day for the pupils.

Building resilience

Here is a useful resource for building resilience on the Whats on your mind? site set up by the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Good example of school survey use

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.

OPS accuracy

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 4 5,257 81.4%
Year 5 (new optional yeargroup) 3,613 58.0%
Year 6 4,898 79.6%
Year 8 5,428 83.3%
Year 10 5,156 81.5%
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).