What is #BeeWell?

#BeeWell is a new programme led by the University of Manchester, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, that combines academic expertise with youth-led change to make the wellbeing of young people everybody’s business. Designed by young people, #BeeWell will survey the wellbeing of pupils in secondary schools across Greater Manchester from Autumn 2021, for at least three years, and use the results, in partnership with schools, to deliver positive change in all our communities. With £1.2 million raised so far by #BeeWell partners, the programme will be entirely free for schools to take part.

#BeeWell will seek to create the conditions for all our young people to thrive by:

  • listening to young people’s voices
  • acting together for change
  • celebrating young people’s wellbeing

Building on Greater Manchester’s Life Readiness Survey, the survey is designed to be delivered in 20 to 30 minutes online in one class period. A central team will work closely with schools, supporting the delivery of the survey in classrooms across the city-region each Autumn term.

To date, #BeeWell has engaged more than 140 young people from Pathfinder schools in the design of the survey, gaining invaluable insights into what wellbeing means to young people, what factors influence their wellbeing, and what makes them thrive. Our Questionnaire Advisory Group of leading national experts has quality assured the outputs from young people to ensure the survey is academically robust and rooted in evidence.

Participating schools and localities will receive free, confidential, aggregated feedback, using our dynamic online data dashboard. This feedback will inform and complement the work that schools are already undertaking to support the wellbeing of their pupils.

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium will also provide free, bespoke support to schools to act on this evidence.

Neighbourhood data will be published, enabling a place-based approach to young people’s wellbeing, in which arts and cultural organisations, youth clubs, sports clubs, businesses, charities and other actors work together to address local needs and priorities. Some 50 organisations have already confirmed their support for #BeeWell.

Our programme aligns with the local strategic plans for Greater Manchester, supporting the city region’s integrated investment into the mental health of children and young people. It is our ambition that our annual survey becomes embedded in the decision-making processes for young people across Greater Manchester. #BeeWell is inspiring a national conversation about rebalancing the national education system, so that it treats wellbeing as an outcome complementary to academic attainment.

More information can be found via the following links

If you DO NOT want your child to participate in this study please contact 0161 359 5100 before Thursday 15th July 2021. Relevant forms will be sent out for you to complete.  

Please download the following resource packs to learn more: