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Year 11 Questionnaire for Parents and Carers
Don't forget!
Use crosses in the boxes when you answer the questions
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
This questionnaire is about how your child is getting on at school and their plans for the next few years.
Your Child's School

What type of school (or other place of education) does your child attend?

1
A state school
2
A private school
3
Being educated at home
4
Other, please specify:
Other
If Being educated at home or Other, please specify: to question A1 Go to question A10
qc_A1 == 3 || qc_A1 == 4
Else

Would you describe the standard of education at your child's school as?

1
Very good
2
Good
3
Poor
4
Very poor
9
Don't know

And do you feel that standards of pupil behaviour in your child's school are:

1
Very good
2
Good
3
Poor
4
Very poor
9
Don't know
Below are a series of statements about parents and education. To what extent do you agree or disagree with each one. (Mark one box in each line)
-

1 - Definitely agree

2 - Slightly agree

3 - Slightly disagree

4 - Definitely disagree

9 - Don't know

I find my child's school welcoming to parents
My child's school gives me clear information on how my child is getting on
My child's school makes it easy for me to be involved in my child's education
My child tries to stop me knowing too much about their school
If I talk too often to teachers at my child's school, I will be labelled a troublemaker
A lot of information given by the school about my child's education is full of jargon

To what extent would you say your child's school provided enough choice of year 10/11 subjects and qualifications to meet your child's individual interests and learning style?

1
To a great extent
2
To a fair extent
3
Not much
4
Not at all
9
Don't know
During this school year, has the school had to contact you about your child because of concerns about...
-

1 - Yes

2 - No

The behaviour of other pupils towards your child
His/her behaviour at school
His/her attendance at school
His/her attitude towards school or schoolwork
During this school year, have you gone into school for any of the following reasons?
-

1 - Yes

2 - No

To discuss your child's progress
To see your child in a music, sporting or drama event
To take part in a parenting course
To take part in evening classes or other learning
To use the school facilities (e.g. ICT, sport or art facilities)
During this school year has your child...
-

1 - Yes

2 - No

9 - Don't know

Had a detention (but only one)
Been on detention a number of times
Had a fixed-term exclusion from school or 'been suspended', even for a day
Been permanently excluded or 'expelled' from school

As far as you are aware, in this school year has your child been bullied, either in or out of school?

1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know
Involvement in your child's education

Thinking in general about children and education, would you say that a child's education is...

1
Wholly the parents' responsibility
2
Mainly the parents' responsibility
3
Mainly the school's responsibility
4
Wholly the school's responsibility
9
Both equally

How important is it to do each of the following, as a parent? (Mark one box in each line) Help my child with his/her schoolwork

1
Very important
2
Fairly important
3
Not very important
4
Not at all important
9
Don't know

How important is it to do each of the following, as a parent? (Mark one box in each line) Make sure my child behaves

1
Very important
2
Fairly important
3
Not very important
4
Not at all important
9
Don't know
How easy or difficult do you find it to do each of the following, as a parent? (Mark one box in each line)
-

1 - Very easy

2 - Fairly easy

3 - Fairly difficult

4 - Very difficult

9 - Don't know

Make sure my child goes to school every day
Help my child with his/her schoolwork
Spend as much time as I would like with my child
Buy the things I would like my child to have
Make sure my child behaves
During recent months, how frequently have you, or another adult in your household, talked to your child about... (Mark one box in each line)
-

1 - Never

2 - Sometimes

3 - Often

9 - Don't know

His/her experiences at school
His/her friends
Things that are troubling him/her
Plans for further study after year 11
Plans for work or career after your child finishes his/her education
What exam grades they are likely to get this summer
Homework

At home does your child have a quiet place to do his/her homework?

1
Yes
2
No

During this school year, how much time each week would you say you, or someone else in your household, have spent talking to your child about his/her school work, helping with homework, looking over his/her school work, and so on?

1
Less than half an hour
2
Between half an hour and 1 hour
3
1 to 2.5 hours
4
2.5 hours to 5 hours
5
5 hours or more
How would you describe your role in your child's homework?
-

1 - Yes

2 - No

My child's school insists that parents sign that they have checked homework weekly
My child seeks help or advice when they are stuck
I take more interest in work that is assessed for their courses than normal homework or revision
I try to make sure they 'go and do' their homework but don't check up on the actual work
My child won't tell me anything about homework and its progress
During this school year, which of the following activities have you, or another member of your household, done with your child to help with their learning? (Mark one box in each line)
-

1 - Never

2 - Sometimes

3 - Regularly

9 - Don't know

Do or talk about school projects together
Visit libraries, museums and galleries
Buy books
Buy educational computer software
Supervise or help with use of the Internet
Discuss news/current events
Paid for extra tuition in one or more subjects
Your child's future

How important do you think it is that your child obtains 5 GCSEs at level A*-C (or equivalent if vocational awards) this summer?

1
Very important
2
Fairly important
3
Not very important
4
Not at all important
9
Don't know

How likely do you think it is that your child will obtain 5 GCSEs at level A*-C (or equivalent if vocational awards) this summer?

1
Very likely
2
Fairly likely
3
Not very likely
4
Not at all likely
9
Don't know

What do you want your child to do after year 11? (Mark one box only)

1
Leave school at 16 and get a job
2
Stay in school or college until 18, then get a job
3
Stay in school or college until 18, then go to University
4
Do an apprenticeship or other vocational training
5
Leave school and look after family/home
9
Don't know

In the long-run, which do you think gives people more opportunities and choice in life? (Mark one box only)

1
Having good practical skills and training
2
or Having good academic results

Would you say that, over the past school year, the quality of careers advice and guidance offered to your child by their school or Connexions was?

1
Very good
2
Good
3
Poor
4
Very poor
9
Don't know

There's a government payment called the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) to help young people carry on in education after they're 16, by giving them a weekly income. Have you heard of the Education Maintenance Allowance before today?

1
Yes
2
No
9
Not sure

Is your child, or you on their behalf, planning to apply for the Education Maintenance Allowance?

1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know

University and college students have to pay fees these days towards the costs of their tuition. Which of these views comes closest to what you think about that? (Mark one box only)

1
All students or their families should pay towards the costs of their tuition
2
Some students or their families should pay towards the costs of their tuition, depending on their circumstances
3
No students or their families should pay towards the costs of their tuition

When do you think students or their families start paying towards the costs of their tuition? (Mark one box only)

1
while they are studying
2
or after they have finished studying and have a job

In the last year, have you been on any educational or training courses (including training at work)?

1
Yes
2
No

What is the highest qualification you currently have? (Mark one box only)

1
No qualifications
2
NVQ level 1, GCSE, CSE, SNQ, 'O' Level, City & Guilds 1 or equivalent
3
NVQ level 2, 'A' Level, AS Level, SNQ Higher or equivalent
4
NVQ level 3, City & Guilds 3 or equivalent
6
NVQ level 4, First degree, nursing & teaching qualification or equivalent
5
NVQ level 5, Masters degree, PGCE, or equivalent
7
Other qualifications (not mentioned elsewhere)
Please turn over and fill in the back page
Completion

This questionnaire was completed by: (mark all that apply) child's biological mother

1
Yes

This questionnaire was completed by: (mark all that apply) child's mother figure

1
Yes

This questionnaire was completed by: (mark all that apply) child's biological father

1
Yes

This questionnaire was completed by: (mark all that apply) child's father figure

1
Yes

This questionnaire was completed by: (mark all that apply) someone else (please mark and describe)

1
Yes
Other

Please give the date on which you completed this questionnaire:

Generic date

Please give the date of birth of your child:

Date of birth

Please give your own date of birth:

Date of birth
Thank you VERY much for your help

Space for any additional comment you would like to make

Long text
NB: Please remember we cannot reply to any comment unless you sign it.
When completed, please send this back to: Professor George Davey Smith Children of the Nineties - ALSPAC
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alspac_08_y11qfpac

Year 11 Questionnaire for Parents and Carers
Don't forget!
Use crosses in the boxes when you answer the questions
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
This questionnaire is about how your child is getting on at school and their plans for the next few years.

Your Child's School

What type of school (or other place of education) does your child attend?
1
A state school
2
A private school
3
Being educated at home
4
Other, please specify:
Other
Would you describe the standard of education at your child's school as?
1
Very good
2
Good
3
Poor
4
Very poor
9
Don't know
And do you feel that standards of pupil behaviour in your child's school are:
1
Very good
2
Good
3
Poor
4
Very poor
9
Don't know

Below are a series of statements about parents and education. To what extent do you agree or disagree with each one. (Mark one box in each line)

-

1 - Definitely agree

2 - Slightly agree

3 - Slightly disagree

4 - Definitely disagree

9 - Don't know

I find my child's school welcoming to parents
My child's school gives me clear information on how my child is getting on
My child's school makes it easy for me to be involved in my child's education
My child tries to stop me knowing too much about their school
If I talk too often to teachers at my child's school, I will be labelled a troublemaker
A lot of information given by the school about my child's education is full of jargon
To what extent would you say your child's school provided enough choice of year 10/11 subjects and qualifications to meet your child's individual interests and learning style?
1
To a great extent
2
To a fair extent
3
Not much
4
Not at all
9
Don't know

During this school year, has the school had to contact you about your child because of concerns about...

-

1 - Yes

2 - No

The behaviour of other pupils towards your child
His/her behaviour at school
His/her attendance at school
His/her attitude towards school or schoolwork

During this school year, have you gone into school for any of the following reasons?

-

1 - Yes

2 - No

To discuss your child's progress
To see your child in a music, sporting or drama event
To take part in a parenting course
To take part in evening classes or other learning
To use the school facilities (e.g. ICT, sport or art facilities)

During this school year has your child...

-

1 - Yes

2 - No

9 - Don't know

Had a detention (but only one)
Been on detention a number of times
Had a fixed-term exclusion from school or 'been suspended', even for a day
Been permanently excluded or 'expelled' from school
As far as you are aware, in this school year has your child been bullied, either in or out of school?
1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know

Involvement in your child's education

Thinking in general about children and education, would you say that a child's education is...
1
Wholly the parents' responsibility
2
Mainly the parents' responsibility
3
Mainly the school's responsibility
4
Wholly the school's responsibility
9
Both equally
How important is it to do each of the following, as a parent? (Mark one box in each line) Help my child with his/her schoolwork
1
Very important
2
Fairly important
3
Not very important
4
Not at all important
9
Don't know
How important is it to do each of the following, as a parent? (Mark one box in each line) Make sure my child behaves
1
Very important
2
Fairly important
3
Not very important
4
Not at all important
9
Don't know

How easy or difficult do you find it to do each of the following, as a parent? (Mark one box in each line)

-

1 - Very easy

2 - Fairly easy

3 - Fairly difficult

4 - Very difficult

9 - Don't know

Make sure my child goes to school every day
Help my child with his/her schoolwork
Spend as much time as I would like with my child
Buy the things I would like my child to have
Make sure my child behaves

During recent months, how frequently have you, or another adult in your household, talked to your child about... (Mark one box in each line)

-

1 - Never

2 - Sometimes

3 - Often

9 - Don't know

His/her experiences at school
His/her friends
Things that are troubling him/her
Plans for further study after year 11
Plans for work or career after your child finishes his/her education
What exam grades they are likely to get this summer

Homework

At home does your child have a quiet place to do his/her homework?
1
Yes
2
No
During this school year, how much time each week would you say you, or someone else in your household, have spent talking to your child about his/her school work, helping with homework, looking over his/her school work, and so on?
1
Less than half an hour
2
Between half an hour and 1 hour
3
1 to 2.5 hours
4
2.5 hours to 5 hours
5
5 hours or more

How would you describe your role in your child's homework?

-

1 - Yes

2 - No

My child's school insists that parents sign that they have checked homework weekly
My child seeks help or advice when they are stuck
I take more interest in work that is assessed for their courses than normal homework or revision
I try to make sure they 'go and do' their homework but don't check up on the actual work
My child won't tell me anything about homework and its progress

During this school year, which of the following activities have you, or another member of your household, done with your child to help with their learning? (Mark one box in each line)

-

1 - Never

2 - Sometimes

3 - Regularly

9 - Don't know

Do or talk about school projects together
Visit libraries, museums and galleries
Buy books
Buy educational computer software
Supervise or help with use of the Internet
Discuss news/current events
Paid for extra tuition in one or more subjects

Your child's future

How important do you think it is that your child obtains 5 GCSEs at level A*-C (or equivalent if vocational awards) this summer?
1
Very important
2
Fairly important
3
Not very important
4
Not at all important
9
Don't know
How likely do you think it is that your child will obtain 5 GCSEs at level A*-C (or equivalent if vocational awards) this summer?
1
Very likely
2
Fairly likely
3
Not very likely
4
Not at all likely
9
Don't know
What do you want your child to do after year 11? (Mark one box only)
1
Leave school at 16 and get a job
2
Stay in school or college until 18, then get a job
3
Stay in school or college until 18, then go to University
4
Do an apprenticeship or other vocational training
5
Leave school and look after family/home
9
Don't know
In the long-run, which do you think gives people more opportunities and choice in life? (Mark one box only)
1
Having good practical skills and training
2
or Having good academic results
Would you say that, over the past school year, the quality of careers advice and guidance offered to your child by their school or Connexions was?
1
Very good
2
Good
3
Poor
4
Very poor
9
Don't know
There's a government payment called the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) to help young people carry on in education after they're 16, by giving them a weekly income. Have you heard of the Education Maintenance Allowance before today?
1
Yes
2
No
9
Not sure
Is your child, or you on their behalf, planning to apply for the Education Maintenance Allowance?
1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know
University and college students have to pay fees these days towards the costs of their tuition. Which of these views comes closest to what you think about that? (Mark one box only)
1
All students or their families should pay towards the costs of their tuition
2
Some students or their families should pay towards the costs of their tuition, depending on their circumstances
3
No students or their families should pay towards the costs of their tuition
When do you think students or their families start paying towards the costs of their tuition? (Mark one box only)
1
while they are studying
2
or after they have finished studying and have a job
In the last year, have you been on any educational or training courses (including training at work)?
1
Yes
2
No
What is the highest qualification you currently have? (Mark one box only)
1
No qualifications
2
NVQ level 1, GCSE, CSE, SNQ, 'O' Level, City & Guilds 1 or equivalent
3
NVQ level 2, 'A' Level, AS Level, SNQ Higher or equivalent
4
NVQ level 3, City & Guilds 3 or equivalent
6
NVQ level 4, First degree, nursing & teaching qualification or equivalent
5
NVQ level 5, Masters degree, PGCE, or equivalent
7
Other qualifications (not mentioned elsewhere)
Please turn over and fill in the back page

Completion

This questionnaire was completed by: (mark all that apply) child's biological mother
1
Yes
This questionnaire was completed by: (mark all that apply) child's mother figure
1
Yes
This questionnaire was completed by: (mark all that apply) child's biological father
1
Yes
This questionnaire was completed by: (mark all that apply) child's father figure
1
Yes
This questionnaire was completed by: (mark all that apply) someone else (please mark and describe)
1
Yes
Other
Please give the date on which you completed this questionnaire:
Generic date
Please give the date of birth of your child:
Date of birth
Please give your own date of birth:
Date of birth
Thank you VERY much for your help
Space for any additional comment you would like to make
Long text
NB: Please remember we cannot reply to any comment unless you sign it.
When completed, please send this back to: Professor George Davey Smith Children of the Nineties - ALSPAC
Name

Year 11 Questionnaire for Parents and Carers