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Tellus Birmingham LA open text box answers from children and young people How healthy would you say you are at the moment? Very healthy. What helps to keep you healthy?

# of similar responses

Exercise / keeping active

11

Healthy / balanced diet

10

Being happy

3

Pleasant home environment

1

Family encouragement & advice

1

Personal hygiene

1

Quite healthy. What would help you improve your health? 

Having a healthier diet

36

More exercise

21

Less stress

4

More sleep

1

Not smoking

1

Cheaper healthy food

1

Attend church (healthier spirit)

1

Being able to enrol to a gym even if under 16

1

Not very healthy. What would help you improve your health? 

Having a healthier diet

4

More exercise

2

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In general, how enjoyable would you say your life is? Very enjoyable. What makes your life enjoyable? 

Having a nice loving family

32

Friends / socialising

31

Going to a nice school

8

Sports

5

Living in nice area

4

Being able to do many interesting things

4

Being wealthy / having nice things

2

Having a boyfriend / girlfriend

2

Playing music

1

Being free to do things

1

Playing games

1

Quite enjoyable. What would help your life be more enjoyable? 

Having more fun things to do in the area

10

Better family life

7

Being wealthier

6

Friendlier people

6

Having a safer school / local area

5

More free time

4

Area being nicer

3

More / better friends

3

Less pressure at school

2

More holidays

2

Less bullying

1

Less racism

1

Better lessons

1

Not very enjoyable. What would help your life be more enjoyable? 

Cheaper food at school

1

Better / nicer teachers

1

Better family life

1

Less stress

1

Area being nicer

1

Less schoolwork

1

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How often do you get involved in activities at school or in your local community? Very often. In what ways do you get involved in activities at school or in your local community? 

Sports events

11

Religious / charity events

3

Arts events (singing, dancing, drama etc)

2

After school clubs

1

Youth groups

1

Army cadets

1

Quite often. What would help you get involved in activities at school or in your local community more often? 

More enjoyable / better variety of clubs or activities

18

More sports events

3

More school clubs (not after school time)

2

Monetary / material rewards

2

Better sports equipment / facilities in school

1

Better relevant information

1

More arts-related activities

1

More adult support

1

More trips

1

Not very often. What would help you get involved in activities at school or in your local community more often? 

More enjoyable / better variety of clubs and activities

5

More help at school

1

More free time

1

Better relevant information

1

Allowing gym enrolment for under 16s

1

More sports

1

More local activities being available

1

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How easy is it for you to get help, advice or information when you need it? Very easy. Where do you usually get help, advice or information? 

Family

8

Library

4

Friends

3

Internet

2

Police

2

Neighbours

1

School

1

Child line telephone helpline

1

Doctors

1

Church / Temple

1

Quite easy. What would make it easier for you to get help, advice or information? 

People listening more

1

Easier / more access to the internet

1

Not very easy. What would make it easier for you to get help, advice or information? 

More emphasis on confidentiality among staff

2

Better informed staff

1

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How well do you think you are doing at school at the moment? Very well. What helps you do well at school? 

Behaving in class

10

Working hard

10

Supportive Teachers

7

Friends

5

Private tuition / Learning mentors

4

Reading books

3

Interesting / fun lessons

3

Self-motivation

3

Working together with other pupils

1

Good school atmosphere

1

Exams

1

Homework club

1

Being intelligent

1

Out of school activities

1

Family support

1

Quite well. What would help you do better at school? 

Better / more supporting teachers

16

More interesting / fun lessons

7

Pupils behaving more

4

More teachers

3

Working harder

2

Better school facilities

2

Less strict schools

2

Rewards

1

Working together with other schools

1

Shorter lessons

1

More practical lessons

1

Not very well. What would help you do better at school? 

Better / more supporting teachers

1

Behaving better

1

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In general how safe and happy do you feel at school? Very safe and happy. What helps you to feel safe and happy at school? 

Friends

9

Good school security

7

Teachers

7

Belonging to a gang / being tough

4

Peer mediators

2

Knowledge of the local area

1

Low school crime record

1

Good headteacher

1

Quite safe and happy. What would help you feel safer or happier at school? 

Make school perimeter / gates more secure

7

More supporting teachers

5

Less bullying

4

More staff patrolling playground

4

Stricter teachers / punishments

3

Less crime

2

More CCTV

2

More teachers

1

Police or security at school

1

Dealing with criminal and anti-social behaviour in more effective ways rather than just expelling students for a short time.

1

Not very safe and happy. What would help you feel safer or happier at school? 

Stricter teachers / punishments

2

Make school perimeter / gates more secure

1

More supporting teachers

1

People to talk to in confidence

1

Tackle bullying

1

Better / more effective punishments

1

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In general how safe do you feel in the local area around your school? Very safe. What helps you feel safe in the local area around your school? 

Friends

5

Good street lighting

3

Belonging to a gang

3

Being tough

2

Good friends

1

Friendly community

1

A lot of people around

1

Staff at school gates

1

Knowing the area well

1

Quite safe. What would help you feel safer in the local area around your school? 

Being with friends

7

More CCTV

6

Stronger police presence

5

Less gangs

5

Less crime

3

More zebra crossings

2

Cleaner subways

2

More careful drivers

2

A weapon

1

Less litter

1

Safer places to hang out

1

Personal alarm

1

Making area an alcohol-free zone

1

Not very safe. What would help you feel safer in the local area round your school? 

Less gangs / crime

5

Dismissing adjoining schools at different times

2

Stronger police presence

2

Stronger punishments for criminals

2

Nicer neighbours / locals

2

Less litter

1

Being with friends

1

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How easy is it for you to find things to do in the local area around your school? Very easy. What makes it easy for you to find things to do in the local area around your school? 

Libraries

2

Leaflets

2

Local area knowledge

1

Asking people

1

Advertisements

1

Quite easy. What would make it easier for you to find things to do in the local area around your school? 

Bigger variety of activities

4

Better advertisement of activities

2

Better sign-posting in the area

1

Free transport

1

Not very easy. What would make it easier for you to find things to do in the local area around your school? 

Bigger variety of activities

5

Better advertisement of activities

2

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