Are surveys phases specific?
yes. You can choose from six surveys, differentiated by phase and school type:
What do we get if we do a parent survey?
For all surveys you get six things:
How much does it cost?
We have a simple fair-deal pricing structure that scales with school size and covers all six aspects above with no hidden extras. We have based this on pupils on role. Schools pay:
Complete a Survey Request Form and return it to us using the contact details supplied. We will then set you up with a full system and send you a welcome pack.
If you would like a bespoke questionnaire then contact us and we would be happy to discuss this with you.
What analysis do I get?
Most schools do not have time to analyse the data, which is why we see that as our job. We do give you the raw data in a spreadsheet, for those who feel the need! We will provide you with a clearly written and easily interpreted colour A4 written report with charts and graphs. We will send this in PDF format so you can print out as many copies as you like. We have worked with schools to get this report into a succint format that is capable of being used by busy practitioners. For this reason it is not hundreds of pages long, as experience shows that this is both counter-productive and rarely read.
Will I also receive the raw data?
Yes, in CSV format which is a file format that all spreadsheets can understand. You can also upload this file into most school information management systems (such as SIMS, Integris etc. etc.) if you wish.
How does the survey fit in with the DfE’s Parent View and OFSTED’s Parent Questionnaire?
Parent View is the system that the Department for Education launched in 2011 to enable parents to independently grade their children’s school (it does not cover EY settings – yet!). It is not accessible by the school, but is used by OFSTED alongside their own parent questionnaire and used at the time of inspection. One of the main reasons that schools use our surveys is to collect alternative evidence to this system in order that they can make sure a fully representative sample has been taken of all parents, rather than just those with a mind to complete the government feedback. We have designed our survey to cross-reference to both Parent View and the OFSTED questionnaires, in order that such questionnaire comparisons can be made, which can prove useful when presenting a balanced view.
Can I cross-map pupil voice questionnaires to parent survey?
Yes. This is a very sensible thing to do since you can contrast and/or affirm the views of parents with the views of the children. If you use our sister service (pupilsurvey.org), then this is easy as we will prepare a separate report for you to save you doing the analysis.
How does the survey help with the new 2012 OFSTED Framework?
Certain aspects of the new 2012 OFSTED Evaluation schedule make explicit reference to the need for pupil and parent stakeholder evidence. Thus the survey provides very important self evaluation evidence for the school within these areas. Guidance on these aspects will be provided when you use a survey – we have significant experience of helping schools with OFSTED in this way.
How can I get more information?
Do contact us! We enjoy talking with schools (we all have school backgrounds).