Canon Slade was among nearly 200 schools across Greater Manchester to take part in the second #BeeWell survey.

The survey is a way for Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the schools to gain a better understanding of the wellbeing of young people.

The largest exercise of its kind in the country, this year’s #BeeWell heard the voices of around 60,000 young people from 185 schools.

Claire Colley, assistant headteacher for Key Stage Four at Canon Slade School said: “We were eager to take the opportunity for our Year 9 and 10 students to take part in the #BeeWell survey for the first time this year.

“With over 80 per cent of students participating, it was an amazing opportunity for us to hear our student voices on a larger scale and their responses on matters to do with their wellbeing.

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“We saw the positive changes that were made throughout other schools that took part in the #BeeWell survey to improve student's wellbeing and we wanted to be part of that.

“At Canon Slade School we value our students' voices. We are waiting with anticipation for our results in the new year so we can put actions into place to make Canon Slade an even better school for them.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “I want to give my thanks to the schools across Greater Manchester who have taken part in the second year of the #BeeWell survey.

“Hearing from so many young people would not be possible without the hard work of schools.

“We are determined to make sure young people’s voices are heard and responded to across Greater Manchester.”

In January, schools will receive anonymous survey results for their pupils, but with last years are already being acted on.

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Some of the findings from the 2021 survey include:

  • Girls reported lower levels of wellbeing than boys.
  • There are sizeable inequalities for young people who identify as LGBTQ+, who on average report higher levels of stress and emotional difficulties.
  • Only 1 in 3 young people reach the recommended levels of physical activity set by the Government’s chief medical officer.

In response, Greater Manchester Moving announced a youth-led physical activity and wellbeing campaign.

And Greater Manchester Integrated Care funded activity to support the wellbeing of young people who identify as LGBTQ+.

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