As an OFSTED-trained inspector,
John specialises in supporting LAs, schools and individuals
to develop policy and practice, improve schools self-evaluation,
monitor standards and enhance professional practice.
John has considerable experience of
PSHE Education & Citizenship.
He has been responsible for the development of
questionnaires to report on young people’s knowledge and
skills, beliefs and behaviours, to help schools monitor
process and progress of PSHE (especially
Sex and Relationships Education)
and impact and outcome
with colleagues at the
Health Behaviour Group,
formerly based at the Universities of
Plymouth and Exeter, PSHE Solutions can provide quantitative
evaluation for schools with
pupils in KS2, KS3, KS4 and
with post-16 students.
The Year 11 (KS4) Questionnaire was first developed in the
late 1980s and was originally designed to evaluate the
programme. The questionnaire has been
developed for use in a wide range of schools to monitor
on a range of PSHE topics and is particularly useful for
schools wishing to monitor
National Healthy Schools
impact and outcome measures.
Health and Education authorities respond to ‘Every Child
Matters’, as part of the ‘Children’s
Plan’, schools will become
even more important in terms of
reducing health inequalities,
promoting social inclusion
and ensuring school
improvement. The Y11
under examination conditions and provides detailed reports
on young people’s knowledge, beliefs, views and behaviours
which enable commissioners and schools to monitor and audit:
• Appreciation of SRE,
to sex and relationships,
• Contraceptive use,
• Local (sexual) health
• National Healthy schools Programme
• Sexual activity,
• Sexual health knowledge
(eg STIs and
Questions are asked about
bullying, exercise, diet, alcohol,
other substance use.
Such feedback also supports schools
meeting OFSTED expectations of evaluating SRE/PSHE, supports
PCTs ‘needs analysis’, voluntary sector support and the
health promotion services.
has been responsible for devising and conducting a range of
Qualitative evaluations to produce written and oral feedback
to help improve services and understanding of practitioner’s
and young people’s viewpoints. John has recently worked in
Gloucestershire, North Lincolnshire
to investigate PSHE and
well-being provision in
schools and collages.
PSHE in KS2 & KS4
In 2006/07 John was
commissioned by the Gloucestershire Healthy School team to
investigate the provision of PSHE in a range of schools
across the county to expand on the picture given by data
collected from an on-line survey. Three essential
aspects of PSHE were investigated:
• Drugs education
(including tobacco and alcohol),
• Sex and Relationships Education,
• Emotional health and well-being.
A representative mixture of 12
secondary, 12 primary and 6 special schools were identified.
John led the team of professionals who conducted interviews
in 28 out of the 30 invited schools and was the author of
the final report. The report has been used to endorse good
practice, identify training needs and support school
During 2007/08, John was
invited by the Gloucestershire Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
board to investigate the provision of well-being in
schools and collages with post-16 students. John led
the team of professionals who conducted interviews in 28
schools & colleges and was the author of the final report
which included national and local recommendations.
findings have been immensely useful and
be used by colleagues in Gloucestershire to monitor PSHE
provision, increase multi-agency collaboration,
identify staff training needs and consequently improve PSHE
provision to young people.
During 2006 John organised
interviews with staff and students and has been lead author
for ‘deep dive’ investigations into SRE provision in North
Lincolnshire. John was commissioned to investigate the SRE
provision delivered by Youth Workers and Connexions staff in
5 schools. The results have helped local professionals
improve services and delivery to young people.
John has recently been
commissioned to support the investigation into SRE provision
in Swindon. The results will helped local professionals
improve services and delivery for young people.