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Greater Manchester #BeeWell Reports & Briefings

#BeeWell Greater Manchester Headline Findings: Autumn 2023 Survey Results

Our third annual headline findings report shares insights into how young people in Year 10 responded to the latest #BeeWell survey in Greater Manchester, delivered in Autumn 2023. To accompany this report, you can also access our visual report for a shorter summary on this year’s data: #BeeWell GM Visual Report.

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#BeeWell Headline Findings: Autumn 2022 Survey Results

This report provides the early headline findings from the second wave of the #BeeWell surveys, delivered in schools during Autumn term 2022. 35,000 young people took part in this wave of the survey, meaning 60,000 young people from 187 schools have taken part in two years. This headlines report will be followed by further briefings on the domains/drivers of wellbeing over Spring/Summer 2023.

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#BeeWell Overview Briefing: 2021 Survey Headline Findings

This briefing provides the headline findings from the first wave of the #BeeWell surveys, delivered in schools during Autumn term 2021. There were almost 40,000 responses to this survey from Year 8 and Year 10 pupils across Greater Manchester.

Disclaimer: this briefing has been revised since it’s initial publication in March 2022. An error on the percentage of young people in the city-region that had completed the survey has now been corrected. This briefing was also updated in July 2023 to correct some terms that had been wrongly used in the original version of this document. The terms sex, female, and male, have been replaced by the terms gender, girl, and boy, respectively, in those instances where these indicated young people’s gender identity rather than the sex assigned at birth.

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#BeeWell Evidence Briefing 1: Inequalities Briefing

We are pleased to share a briefing by the University of Manchester Research team on the inequalities uncovered through the #BeeWell survey. The team studied stress, life satisfaction, negative affect and psychological wellbeing, and looked at how these scores differed for young people in Greater Manchester based on gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity and more.

Disclaimer: this briefing was updated in July 2023 to correct some terms that had been wrongly used in the original version of this document. The terms sex, female, and male, have been replaced by the terms gender, girl, and boy, respectively, in those instances where these indicated young people’s gender identity rather than the sex assigned at birth.

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#BeeWell Evidence Briefing 2: Young Researchers Programme Report

In 2021, the #BeeWell team worked with 19 young people from pathfinder schools in Greater Manchester, to launch the first ever Young Researcher Programme. View this page to find out more and read the report from the first year of this programme.

Disclaimer: this briefing was updated in July 2023 to correct some terms that had been wrongly used in the original version of this document. The terms sex, female, and male, have been replaced by the terms gender, girl, and boy, respectively, in those instances where these indicated young people’s gender identity rather than the sex assigned at birth.

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#BeeWell Evidence Briefing 3: Relationships Briefing

In this briefing, the #BeeWell team publish latest analysis of the Year 1 #BeeWell data. This focuses on relationships: loneliness and bullying. Read the full briefing for insights on the relationship between loneliness, bullying, wellbeing and more.

Disclaimer: this briefing was updated in July 2023 to correct some terms that had been wrongly used in the original version of this document. The terms sex, female, and male, have been replaced by the terms gender, girl, and boy, respectively, in those instances where these indicated young people’s gender identity rather than the sex assigned at birth.

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#BeeWell Evidence Briefing 4: Participation in arts, culture and entertainment

In this briefing the #BeeWell team publish latest analysis of the Year 1 & Year 2 #BeeWell data. Seeking to answer the question, do patterns of young people’s participation in arts, culture and entertainment activities predict their later wellbeing?

For an introduction to this analysis and what we found, click here to watch a video on the briefing from our Academic Lead, Professor Neil Humphrey.

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#BeeWell Brief 1: Physical Activity

In the first of our short #BeeWell Briefs, the #BeeWell team publish analysis looking at the connection between physical activity and wellbeing. This comes alongside a new blog by Kitty McCarthy, exploring the value of physical activity. Find the blog here: Move to #BeeWell: The value of sports participation and physical activity for young people – #BeeWell (gmbeewell.org).

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#BeeWell Brief 2: Life Readiness

In the second #BeeWell Briefs, we publish data on how young people in Year 10 answered the Future section of the #BeeWell survey in Autumn 2022. These questions in the survey build on the previous GMCA Life Readiness survey, delivered in 2018-2020, meaning we can look at trends in the data over time.

Disclaimer: this briefing was updated in July 2023 to correct some terms that had been wrongly used in the original version of this document. The terms sex, female, and male, have been replaced by the terms gender, girl, and boy, respectively, in those instances where these indicated young people’s gender identity rather than the sex assigned at birth.

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#BeeWell Brief 3: Sleep

In the third of our #BeeWell Briefs, we look at the relationship between sleep and wellbeing, primarily using data from our 2022 survey, which generated responses from approximately 35,000 young people in more than 150 schools across Greater Manchester.

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EPI Report: Neighbourhood Characteristics and Young People's Wellbeing in Greater Manchester

Our partners at Policy@Manchester commissioned the Education PolicY Institute to undertaken work analysing the #BeeWell data and its connections to other, publicly available datasets. Their analysis was launched in a roundtable event with policy-makers from across Greater Manchester in September 2022, and has now been published online.

The headline findings show that some neighbourhood characteristics are significantly correlated to different domains or drivers of wellbeing, including on income disparity, health deprivation, crime risk and more.

You can also view some of the data they have collected on the #BeeWell neighbourhood dashboard.

Find the full report here

Wellbeing at School: International insights from twelve jurisdictions

This report looks to examine if, and how, wellbeing is measured in schools, and more broadly the priority afforded to wellbeing in educational policy, in selected jurisdictions around the world.

The report is available in the following links:

Thank you to Patrick Wall, on behalf of EdPol, for funding this work.