The 2024 School Health Research Network (SHRN) Survey in Primary Schools

For Primary school governors

In your capacity as a primary school governor, I am writing to you to ask for your help in supporting your school take part in the 2024 School Health Research Network Survey undertaken by the School Health Research Network (SHRN) team of researchers at Cardiff University.

Since 2013, SHRN has brought together schools in Wales with academic researchers, policymakers and practitioners from health, education, and social care to promote evidence informed approaches to improving children’s and young people’s health and well-being in school settings. Our strategic partnership with Public Health Wales and integration with The Welsh Network of Health and Well-being Promoting Schools (WNHWPS), along with substantive investment from Welsh Government, has enabled SHRN to grow into a national network of research and evaluation.

SHRN, has become a unique and invaluable part of the education health and well-being infrastructure in Wales. It provides each participating school with its own tailored health and well-being report, benchmarked to national averages and in partnership with Public Health Wales linked to evidence based free resources. This supports headteachers and the governing body to plan the school’s strategic direction whilst setting, monitor in and evaluating the School Development Plan priorities. Our data also provides national indicators for Welsh Government and regional breakdowns for LHBs and LEAs. We are referenced in over 30 national policies and strategies, including the Whole-School Approach to Mental Health and Well-being (2021) and Estyn’s Healthy and Happy Report (2019).

To find out more, please read our primary school information brochure which outlines the benefits for your school in taking part, and our success stories.

On 17 June 2024, the headteacher in your school will receive an invite directly from SHRN inviting them to participate in the 2024 School Health Research Network Survey. At the same time, a Senior leadership team member within each primary school will also be invited to complete The 2024 SHRN School Environment Questionnaire (SEQ) which provides data on school health policies and practices. We would be most grateful if you could help raise awareness of this important survey in your capacity as a school governor. For further information, please email our Knowledge Exchange and External Affairs manager Maria Boffey:

Simon Murphy – Professor in Social Interventions and Health, Director DECIPHer, and Lead for the Schools Health Research Network.


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