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OxWell Student Survey for Non-Mainstream Schools

We are pleased to launch the 2023 OxWell Student Survey for non-mainstream schools and offer schools across existing OxWell sites this exciting opportunity to participate at no cost to themselves. The survey will open from June 2023.

We hope to gather comprehensive data to provide a picture of current wellbeing and behaviour. This will inform non-mainstream education settings about the needs and experiences of their pupils and ensure the resources are targeted at areas of most need.

OxWell aims to better understand the mental health and wellbeing of school students by:
– Asking about their worries and how they might like to receive support;
– Providing schools and services with information about what young people want.

How to Sign Up:

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility: Non-mainsteam schools in Berkshire, Milton Keynes, Liverpool and Oxfordshire are eligible to take part.
  • Step 2: To sign up, please email with the subject line ‘Non-Mainstream Schools Survey

A bit about the Non-Mainstream Schools Survey

  • The survey questions address a range of issues relevant to wellbeing, including questions about life style, risks and school life. We ask about exercise, indictors of vulnerability, sleep patterns, online safety, and attitudes to accessing pastoral support.
  • Students can complete the survey with the support of a member of school staff.
  • The survey is approved by the University of Oxford Research Ethics Committee (REF: R62366).

Please see our Resources below for full information:

How will it work?

If you would like students in your school/college to take part, please sign up by emailing

The OxWell research team will then be in touch in June 2023 to send out the OxWell Participation Contract. Once this is signed and returned, a more detailed resources pack will be sent.

The survey will open from June 2023 and does not collect any identifiable data. It takes most pupils about 15 minutes and can be comfortably fitted into a lesson period.

Participating schools/colleges will receive:

A resources pack containing:

  • Letter to parents of children, so they can opt-out their child (must be sent at least one week in advance of students taking the survey).
  • Presentation about the survey for children and young people.
  • Survey URL.
  • Clear instructions for children and young people.

After the survey has been administered:

  • We will aim to provide tailored summary reports once results are ready, which can be compared with county averages. However, if only small numbers of pupils complete the survey then we are more limited in the information we can provide back to schools.

Additional Information

Your local authority, NHS and University of Oxford will have access to the results from education settings in each borough including a breakdown per school/college. This will help local services to ensure that the resources available can be targeted at areas of most need and to monitor the impact of interventions. Thematic issues identified will be used to inform strategic planning at groups including the Children and Young people’s Partnership Boards, Education Partnership Boards, and the Local Transformation Plan Group for CYP Mental Health.

For more information about how the data has been used so far please refer to the OxWell website ( where you can also find more information, including ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

We plan to repeat the survey in future years, to monitor changes influenced by intervention programmes on an individual school level but also borough-wide, such as the impact of the Mental Health Support Teams.