Young people’s experiences of Personal, Social, Health and Education in Northamptonshire

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Summary of report content

Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire was commissioned by Public Health Northamptonshire to carry out a review of Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE) in Northamptonshire schools. Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire designed a survey that was shared throughout the county’s schools, youth clubs and other youth services to find out young people’s experiences of PSHE lessons. The survey covered how useful the lessons were, the topics that had been taught and what they wanted to learn more about. 823 people aged between 13 and 15 completed the survey between May and October 2019. Four focus groups were also held with 100 young people across Northamptonshire.

Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire found that young people preferred to have PSHE delivered through designated lessons on their timetables, liked interaction and group work and wanted lessons to have up to date and relevant content. Many wanted to learn more about topics that will prepare them for adult life, such as money and finances. The focus groups highlighted relationships, health, sex education, and safety as important parts of the PSHE curriculum.

Young people were fairly satisfied with their PSHE lessons, with over half rating their usefulness as four or five out of five, and only one-fifth giving a rating below three out of five.

The report includes four recommendations about the content of PHSE lessons, tailoring the content to different ages and genders, the needs of home educated young people and engaging with young people.

The report includes a response from the provider, setting out the action they are intending to take in response to the recommendations.

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General details

Report title 
Young people’s experiences of Personal, Social, Health and Education in Northamptonshire
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Northamptonshire
Date of publication 
Monday, 23 March, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 1 May, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 31 October, 2019
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health promotion
Health protection
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Other local body
Primary research method used 
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
1-15 years
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known
What type of impact was determined? 
Tangible impact (not cost related)

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.