We ask P7, S2 and S4 pupils to complete our Highland Lifestyle Survey every 2 years. We have been using the Lifestyle Survey since 2009 and so have a good amount of trend data. This year in particular it would be really helpful to have the survey completed by as many pupils as possible. It will give us good information about the impact of COVID as we will have comparative data from 2 years ago.
The survey isn’t compulsory and pupils can opt out. However, it is helpful if they are encouraged to participate and we have as full a return as possible. S2 and S4 pupils can make the decision about taking part themselves. Parents/carers have the option of withdrawing their child from the survey and to enable this the attached letter should be sent out a week before the P7 pupils are to complete the survey.
The survey is lengthy (80+ questions covering many aspects of lifestyle and wellbeing) and some pupils who have literacy or learning difficulties can be supported to complete it if appropriate. However it does require a reasonable level of understanding and so may not be suitable for pupils with severe learning difficulties.
The survey can be completed during the school day or the link can be provided to pupils to complete in their own time. Ideally, completion will be during the school day as questions can be clarified for those pupils who may require help.
The survey is anonymous and no pupil will be identified from the data they provide.
Please complete the attached form if you NOT wish your child to take part in this survey. Thank you for your help with this.