Co-created with young people, schools and education and mental health experts, the #BeeWell survey has been designed as a gold standard survey for the measurement of adolescent wellbeing across England.
Our comprehensive survey gathers the thoughts and feelings of young people each year, to determine trends in their wellbeing (and the factors that influence these). It enables consistency of measurement, and facilitates meaningful and standardised comparisons based on the powerful messages young people themselves are giving us.
The #BeeWell survey is divided into two sections that together encompass what matters most to young people. The first section is for the “domains” of wellbeing, in other words, different aspects of wellbeing. The second section is for the “drivers” of wellbeing, in other words, the different influences on wellbeing.
The #BeeWell survey in Greater Manchester (GM) was created in collaboration with young people in 15 pathfinder schools across the city-region. This was important to understand what wellbeing means to young people, what factors influence their wellbeing and what makes them thrive. These workshops were combined with inputs from a Questionnaire Advisory Group of mental health professionals, healthcare representatives, education experts, parents, teachers, and young people, amongst others, to inform the themes covered by the questionnaire.
The same pathfinder process was followed to adapt the #BeeWell survey for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton (HIPS), gathering views and input from 200 young people in 15 pathfinder schools across the region to ensure the survey accurately reflected what wellbeing meant to them. Find out more about this process in this blog post: #BeeWell Survey Design: Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton.
In partnership with staff and pupils across non-mainstream settings, we have also produced accessible short form and symbol versions of the surveys for both GM and HIPS.
Please note there have been small changes to the #BeeWell survey in Greater Manchester since it’s initial publication. This includes: