Working with schools

School pupils in a science lab

SHINE provides an infrastructure for school-based health improvement research in Scotland with the aim of narrowing the gap between schools, policy makers and academic researchers. Specifically it will seek to:

  • Help schools identify their key health and wellbeing needs using data from the 2018 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Survey
  • Increase the availability and relevance of research evidence for use in school planning and development;
  • Provide schools and policy makers with guidance on evidence-based health promotion programmes and interventions;
  • Facilitate and support school-led initiatives to promote young people’s health;
  • Develop closer links between schools and researchers to produce collaborative evidence which is more responsive to school needs;

Advise schools on best practice regarding external requests for participation in other research studies.

Benefits of SHINE for schools

Schools that join the Network will be offered:

Individual school feedback reports on findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Survey in Scotland, if your school participated in the HBSC.1 This will include information on a range of health behaviours and outcomes such as mental health, body image, physical activity, healthy eating, smoking, alcohol use and bullying, which can then be used to prioritise health and wellbeing activities, plan new initiatives, and engage parents with pupil health concerns. It can also be used to support CfE self-evaluation and to enrich the curriculum with up-to-date health-related research findings, for example in maths, science or PSE lessons.

Resources to support school health improvement activities. These will include research briefings, interactive online data, webinars and evidence-informed resources.

Social and emotional education and development (SEED) resource guide, providing a range of ideas and materials to support pupils’ social and emotional development in school.

Professional development and Network events to support learning and networking with other schools.

Opportunity to attend SHINE conferences where teachers will be able to hear about the latest evidence-based research and best practice, and share experiences with other schools.

1Schools providing HBSC returns for fewer than 15 pupils will not be able to have their individual school data fed back but will receive a composite report with other local schools.

School reports

An illustration of SHINE reports

SHINE schools who participated in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Survey 2017/18 will receive a personalised school wellbeing report.1

School reports will include your own data on a range of health behaviours and outcomes including:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Social media use
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Healthy eating
  • Sleep health (secondary schools only)

Reports provide supporting text with relevant up-to-date research findings and suggested school resources. They will be useful for:

  • Planning and prioritising health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Engaging parents with pupil health concerns
  • Supporting CfE self-evaluation
  • Enriching the curriculum with up-to-date health-related research findings, for example in maths, science or PSE lessons.

View an example report. 

For all schools who have signed up to the SHINE Network, we will be developing mini-modules on key areas of Health and Wellbeing, such as mental wellbeing, sleep and risk-taking behaviours. This will allow schools to generate their own data providing evidence for monitoring and planning purposes.

1Schools providing HBSC returns for fewer than 15 pupils will not be able to have their individual school data fed back but will receive a composite report with other local schools.