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QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE HEAD TEACHER
This questionnaire is for the head teacher.
It asks about the school ethos, physical environment of the school, the facilities available and the school's catchment area.
We would be grateful if you could answer all questions, but if there are any you feel are inappropriate please put a line through them.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
This information is confidential. No person or establishment will be identified by name in any report or publication.
SECTION A: YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE SCHOOL
Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statements below about your school
Expectations and standards:

The school gives high priority to raising pupils' standards of achievement

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

The teachers have high expectations of the pupils' standards of achievement

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

The school sets educational goals that are appropriate for each pupil's ability to achieve

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

The standards set for pupils at this school are not high enough

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

All teachers set homework every week for their classes

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

All teachers mark and return homework promptly

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

All teachers start their classes on time

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

The teachers spend all of the time in lessons teaching or on learning activities for pupils

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teacher absenteeism is low at this school

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Poor performance by teachers is not tolerated in this school

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

All teachers expect high standards of behaviour in class from their pupils

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

All pupils are required to come to lessons on time

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Staff unity on school values and practices:

Teachers at this school believe that all pupils can achieve regardless of their social background

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teachers at this school are all committed to the school's aims and values

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teachers follow the same set of rules about pupil behaviour

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

There is general agreement amongst the teachers about what are effective teaching approaches

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

There is unity between teachers and the headteacher on the school's aims and values and how these are implemented through teaching and learning

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teachers and the headteacher agree on how teachers and pupils should behave towards each other

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

There is a lot of disagreement between staff

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

There are some staff who do not support the headteacher's aims and policies for the school

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teacher-pupil reactions in the school:

Teachers are only interested in the pupils who do well in tests and examinations

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teachers show respect towards pupils

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Pupils show respect towards teachers and other staff

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teachers and pupils get on well in this school

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teachers take care to ensure that their teaching is appropriate for pupils with special educational needs

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Pupils' views are listened to and taken seriously

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Pupils organise activities for themselves

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Pupil performance monitoring and rewards in the school:

A pupil who works hard or makes good progress is noticed and praised

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

The school has a system for rewarding pupils who work hard and/or make good progress even if they do not get high standards

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

The school regularly monitors pupils' actual attainments against those expected given their prior attainment or ability

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Pupils who are underachieving are identified and attempts made to motivate them

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Home-school relationships:

The school frequently communicates its expectations of pupils to parents and governors

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Parents are regularly informed about the progress and achievements at school of their child

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

If a pupil seriously infringes school rules parents will be informed immediately

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

There is a high level of parental support for their child's learning at school

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Dealing with parental complaints and lack of cooperation from parents takes up a lot of teacher and school management time

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Parents give a lot of support to the work of the school

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Conditions in the pupils' home environment adversely affect their learning

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Pupil attitudes to learning:

Most pupils at this school want to do well in tests and exams

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Pupils who get good marks or work hard are teased by the other pupils

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Most pupils at this school are interested in learning

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Many pupils don't do as well as they could because they are afraid that other pupils won't like them as much

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

There is good extra-curricular provision in this school

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

There are very few pupils at this school whose behaviour in class prevents other pupils from learning

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Most pupils behave well in class

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

There is not much bullying or name-calling of each other by pupils

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teacher involvement in the school:

Teachers participate on a regular basis in the development of school policies

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teachers at this school are often involved in activities that improve pupils' enjoyment of school

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teachers are encouraged by the head teacher to be involved in school improvement activities

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teachers are actively involved in creating school development or improvement plans

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

The head teacher takes most of the decisions with little staff consultation

1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

What proportion of parents attend parents' evenings:

1
Almost all
2
About two thirds
3
About half
4
Much less than half
SECTION B: THE ENVIRONMENT

How much traffic is there on the road where your school is situated?

1
heavy traffic (lorries and buses often use it)
2
moderate traffic (mostly cars)
3
light traffic
4
very little traffic
How noisy is your school environment usually? Noise from outside the school (tick all that apply):
-

1 - Yes

Continuous loud noise (e.g. heavy traffic, machinery, etc.)
Intermittent loud noise (e.g. rush-hour traffic, plane taking off)
Continuous moderate noise
Intermittent moderate noise
Usually quiet

How noisy is your school environment usually? Noise from within the school perimeter (e.g. playground, other classes): Noise of other classes through the walls of most classrooms:

1
can hear clearly and is a problem
2
can hear clearly but not a problem
3
can hear but not clearly
4
hardly ever hear

How noisy is your school environment usually? Noise from within the school perimeter (e.g. playground, other classes): Noise of people moving around the school (e.g. along corridors)

1
can hear clearly and is a problem
2
can hear clearly but not a problem
3
can hear but not clearly
4
hardly ever hear

Is there double glazing in the outside windows?

1
yes throughout the school
2
yes on some windows
3
no not at all

How is your school heated?

1
central boiler with radiators in classrooms
2
storage heaters
3
gas convector heater(s) in each classroom
4
hot-air outlets (fan-driven)
5
other (please tick and describe)
Other

If there is a central boiler how is it fuelled?

1
gas
2
oil
3
other please describe
Other
The school building(s):

Is the school generally in good repair?

1
Yes, very good
2
Yes, quite good
3
No, not very good
4
No, many problems

Do you feel there is overcrowding: For the staff:

1
Yes serious
2
Yes occasional
3
No

Do you feel there is overcrowding: For the pupils:

1
Yes serious
2
Yes occasional
3
No
If yes, to either of the above,
qc_B6_a == 1 || qc_B6_a == 2 || qc_B6_b == 1 || qc_B6_b == 2

Is this affecting the quality of education that you are providing?

1
Yes, a great deal
2
Yes, sometimes
3
No

Are there aspects of a school curriculum that you are having to restrict or omit because of lack of space?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you feel that overcrowding is affecting the morale of your staff?

1
Yes, a great deal
2
Yes, moderately
3
No

Do you have good toilet and washbasin facilities for: Your staff:

1
Yes
2
No

Do you have good toilet and washbasin facilities for: The pupils:

1
Yes
2
No

Do you have a hall that can be used for the whole school at one time, e.g. for assemblies, plays, Christmas carols, parent/teacher events?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to B9 below
If yes,
qc_B8 == 1

Are the floors:

1
carpeted
2
wooden
3
other (please describe)
Other
Is there curtaining or noise absorption tiles to stop echoing? (Tick all that apply)
-

1 - Yes

Yes, curtains
Yes, tiles on walls or ceiling
Yes, other noise absorption materials
No, nothing
Is the outdoor play area for the children:
-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Large enough?
Situated so that it can be easily surveyed by adults?
Does it have grass as well as hard surface?

Where are the written SATS tests to be administered this year?

1
in the child's normal classroom
2
in the school hall
3
elsewhere (please describe)
Other

Would you say that this was a quiet environment in which the children could concentrate?

1
no, very noisy
2
no, quite noisy
3
fairly quiet
4
very quiet
SECTION C: ABOUT THE SCHOOL

What is the age range of children in your school? from ... years ... months to ... years ... months

years
months
years1
months1

Is the school: (please tick one only)

1
community school
2
voluntary aided school
3
voluntary controlled school
4
foundation school
5
foundation special school
6
community special school
7
non-maintained special school
8
independent school
Please give the usual time the sessions start and finish (use 24-hour clock) for Year 6.
Starts Ends
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Morning
Afternoon

How many children are there on the school register? ... children

How many

How many have been excluded from school during this school year? for a fixed term

How many

How many have been excluded from school during this school year? permanently

How many

How many are entitled to free school meals? ... children

How many

How many pupils have statements for special educational needs?

How many
What is your admission policy? (please tick all that apply)
-

1 - Yes

Waiting list (no policy)
Priority for children with special needs
Priority for children in catchment area
Priority for children with siblings in the school
Parent request for particular type of teaching the school offers

What is your admission policy? (please tick all that apply) Other (please describe)

1
Yes
Other

Approximately for what proportion of the children currently on your attendance register do you feel you have grounds for concern because the child's development might be impaired by his/her home circumstances? (Please tick one box only)

1
100%
2
75-99%
3
50-74%
4
25-49%
5
10-24%
6
less than 10%
How many of the children in your provision do you believe have the following disadvantaged home circumstances?
-

1 - None

2 - Few

3 - Many

4 - Most

5 - Don't know

Overcrowding
Poor housing
Poverty
Marital difficulties
Poor parent-child relations
Child on 'at risk' register
Family ill-health

How many of the children in your provision do you believe have the following disadvantaged home circumstances? Other (please tick and describe)

1
None
2
Few
3
Many
4
Most
5
Don't know
Other

How many children in your school are from homes where English is not the first language? ... children

How many

How many children with Special Educational Needs (Additional Educational Needs) are included in classes in your school? ... children

How many

How many children with SEN/AEN who spend some time in special units/classes are included in classes in your school? ... children

How many

How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 1 ... No. of children

How many

How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 2 ... No. of children

How many

How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 3 ... No. of children

How many

How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Statemented ... No. of children

How many
How many children are regularly visited/supported by the SEN/AEN Support Service?
No. of children
How many
Educational psychologist
Peripatetic teacher of the deaf
Peripatetic teacher of the visually impaired
Behaviour support team
Learning support team
SECTION D: THE TEACHING STAFF
How many of the following teaching staff do you have (including the head teacher)?
Male Female
How manyHow manyHow manyHow many How manyHow manyHow manyHow many
Full-time teachers
Part-time teachers
Teaching assistants (paid)
Other adult assistants (unpaid): parents
Other adult assistants (unpaid): volunteers

What is the overall complement of paid classroom staff (i.e. not including secretaries, caretakers etc.)? ... Full-time equivalents

Float

For how many sessions in the last 3 months has temporary staff cover been used?

1
none
2
1-5
3
6-10
4
11-15
5
16 or more
How often are there staff meetings to discuss the following?
-

1 - Weekly or more frequently

2 - Fortnightly

3 - Monthly

4 - Quarterly

5 - Less than four a year

6 - Never

Staff issues
Administration
Social issues relating to children's background
Children with special needs
Teaching policy
Curriculum
Education issues

How often are there staff meetings to discuss the following? Other (please tick and describe)

1
Weekly or more frequently
2
Fortnightly
3
Monthly
4
Quarterly
5
Less than four a year
6
Never
Other
Are the staff who coordinate the teaching of the following subjects specialists in the subject?
-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Maths
Literacy/English
Science
ICT/computing
Design & technology
The head teacher

How long have you been head teacher (or acting head) at this school?

1
< 1 year
2
1-2 years
3
3-9 years
4
10 or more years

Are you:

1
Male
2
Female

How long have you been a head teacher altogether?

1
< 1 year
2
1-2 years
3
3-9 years
4
10 or more years
SECTION E: SCHOOL MEALS

Does your school have a tuck shop?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_E1_a == 1

please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Sweets/chocolate

1
Yes
2
No

please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Fruit

1
Yes
2
No

please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Crisps/savoury snacks

1
Yes
2
No

please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Drinks

1
Yes
2
No

please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Other (please describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Other

Does your school have a water fountain?

1
Yes
2
No
At break times:

Are the children allowed to eat?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_E3_a == 1

are they allowed to eat:

1
any food they like
2
certain types of food only please list types:
3
food from tuck shop only
Generic text

Are the children allowed a drink?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_E4_a == 1

is it:

1
water only
2
milk or water only
3
any drinks, but with certain restrictions e.g. not fizzy
4
any drinks, no restrictions
At lunch time
For children with packed lunches:

Are the children allowed a drink with their packed lunch?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_E5_a == 1

is it: Water only

1
Yes
2
No

is it: Drinks brought from home with certain restrictions e.g. not fizzy drinks (please tick & describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Generic text

is it: Any drinks brought from home

1
Yes
2
No

is it: Drinks available in school other than water (please describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Other

What happens to food left over from packed lunches?

1
put back in lunch box and taken home
2
put in the bin at school
3
either of the above

Do the children swap foods with each other?

1
yes
2
no, this is discouraged
9
don't know
For children who eat school lunch:

Is there a written Nutritional Policy for planning meals in your school?

1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know
If yes,
qc_E8 == 1

Who is responsible for carrying out the policy?

1
catering staff in this school
2
catering person in charge of several schools
3
head teacher
4
other (please specify )
Other
Please could you attach a copy of the policy if possible. Please include information on portion sizes if available and a copy of some menus used.

Are the children allowed a drink with their school meal?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_E8_c == 1

is it: Water only

1
Yes
2
No

is it: Drinks brought from home with certain restrictions e.g. not fizzy drinks (please tick & describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Generic text

is it: Any drinks brought from home

1
Yes
2
No

is it: Drinks available in school other than water (please tick & describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Other

Are the children allowed second helpings?

1
Yes
2
No
3
Sometimes

If a child leaves his/her food regularly, is there any policy to deal with this?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_E8_e == 1

Parents are informed

1
Yes
2
No

Other (please state)

1
Yes
2
No
Other
SECTION F: PARENTS' ASSOCIATIONS

Does your school have a Parents' Association?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to F2 on page 23
If yes,
qc_F1 == 1
What activities are they involved in?
-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Social events to raise funds for essential items e.g. books, computers, sports kits
Social events not primarily for fund raising
Providing parent volunteers to help class teachers e.g. hear children read, help as class assistants
Providing parent volunteers to help with out-of-school activities e.g. costumes for plays, school trips
Selling school uniforms (new and/or ASNU to raise funds.

What activities are they involved in? Other (please describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Other

How many parent volunteers have been helping teachers in class time during this school year?

How many

Approximately how much money does the Parents' Association raise for the school each year?

pounds

What proportion of parents on average would you estimate tend to come to parents' evenings when pupils' progress is being discussed?

1
<20%
2
20-49%
3
50-74%
4
75-89%
5
90-100%

How often, on average, are you involved with complaints from parents or disputes with them?

1
nearly every day
2
2-3 times/week
3
once a week
4
once a month
5
once a term
6
never/hardly ever

This questionnaire was completed by: (tick all that apply) Head teacher

1
Yes

This questionnaire was completed by: (tick all that apply) Other (please describe)

1
Yes
Other

Date of completion of this questionnaire

Generic date
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP

Space for any comments you might like to make. Please note, for confidentiality reasons we will not be able to reply to these.

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Please remember that we would like a copy of your Nutritional Policy (if appropriate) and some recent sample menus.
When completed please return the questionnaire to: Professor Jean Golding Children of the Nineties - ALSPAC Institute of Child Health
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QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE HEAD TEACHER
This questionnaire is for the head teacher.
It asks about the school ethos, physical environment of the school, the facilities available and the school's catchment area.
We would be grateful if you could answer all questions, but if there are any you feel are inappropriate please put a line through them.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
This information is confidential. No person or establishment will be identified by name in any report or publication.

SECTION A: YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE SCHOOL

Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statements below about your school

Expectations and standards:

The school gives high priority to raising pupils' standards of achievement
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
The teachers have high expectations of the pupils' standards of achievement
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
The school sets educational goals that are appropriate for each pupil's ability to achieve
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
The standards set for pupils at this school are not high enough
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
All teachers set homework every week for their classes
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
All teachers mark and return homework promptly
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
All teachers start their classes on time
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
The teachers spend all of the time in lessons teaching or on learning activities for pupils
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teacher absenteeism is low at this school
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Poor performance by teachers is not tolerated in this school
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
All teachers expect high standards of behaviour in class from their pupils
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
All pupils are required to come to lessons on time
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Staff unity on school values and practices:

Teachers at this school believe that all pupils can achieve regardless of their social background
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teachers at this school are all committed to the school's aims and values
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teachers follow the same set of rules about pupil behaviour
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
There is general agreement amongst the teachers about what are effective teaching approaches
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
There is unity between teachers and the headteacher on the school's aims and values and how these are implemented through teaching and learning
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teachers and the headteacher agree on how teachers and pupils should behave towards each other
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
There is a lot of disagreement between staff
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
There are some staff who do not support the headteacher's aims and policies for the school
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teacher-pupil reactions in the school:

Teachers are only interested in the pupils who do well in tests and examinations
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teachers show respect towards pupils
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Pupils show respect towards teachers and other staff
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teachers and pupils get on well in this school
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teachers take care to ensure that their teaching is appropriate for pupils with special educational needs
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Pupils' views are listened to and taken seriously
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Pupils organise activities for themselves
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Pupil performance monitoring and rewards in the school:

A pupil who works hard or makes good progress is noticed and praised
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
The school has a system for rewarding pupils who work hard and/or make good progress even if they do not get high standards
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
The school regularly monitors pupils' actual attainments against those expected given their prior attainment or ability
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Pupils who are underachieving are identified and attempts made to motivate them
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Home-school relationships:

The school frequently communicates its expectations of pupils to parents and governors
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Parents are regularly informed about the progress and achievements at school of their child
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
If a pupil seriously infringes school rules parents will be informed immediately
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
There is a high level of parental support for their child's learning at school
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Dealing with parental complaints and lack of cooperation from parents takes up a lot of teacher and school management time
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Parents give a lot of support to the work of the school
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Conditions in the pupils' home environment adversely affect their learning
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Pupil attitudes to learning:

Most pupils at this school want to do well in tests and exams
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Pupils who get good marks or work hard are teased by the other pupils
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Most pupils at this school are interested in learning
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Many pupils don't do as well as they could because they are afraid that other pupils won't like them as much
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
There is good extra-curricular provision in this school
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
There are very few pupils at this school whose behaviour in class prevents other pupils from learning
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Most pupils behave well in class
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
There is not much bullying or name-calling of each other by pupils
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly

Teacher involvement in the school:

Teachers participate on a regular basis in the development of school policies
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teachers at this school are often involved in activities that improve pupils' enjoyment of school
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teachers are encouraged by the head teacher to be involved in school improvement activities
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
Teachers are actively involved in creating school development or improvement plans
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
The head teacher takes most of the decisions with little staff consultation
1
Agree strongly
2
Agree
3
Disagree
4
Disagree strongly
What proportion of parents attend parents' evenings:
1
Almost all
2
About two thirds
3
About half
4
Much less than half

SECTION B: THE ENVIRONMENT

How much traffic is there on the road where your school is situated?
1
heavy traffic (lorries and buses often use it)
2
moderate traffic (mostly cars)
3
light traffic
4
very little traffic

How noisy is your school environment usually? Noise from outside the school (tick all that apply):

-

1 - Yes

Continuous loud noise (e.g. heavy traffic, machinery, etc.)
Intermittent loud noise (e.g. rush-hour traffic, plane taking off)
Continuous moderate noise
Intermittent moderate noise
Usually quiet
How noisy is your school environment usually? Noise from within the school perimeter (e.g. playground, other classes): Noise of other classes through the walls of most classrooms:
1
can hear clearly and is a problem
2
can hear clearly but not a problem
3
can hear but not clearly
4
hardly ever hear
How noisy is your school environment usually? Noise from within the school perimeter (e.g. playground, other classes): Noise of people moving around the school (e.g. along corridors)
1
can hear clearly and is a problem
2
can hear clearly but not a problem
3
can hear but not clearly
4
hardly ever hear
Is there double glazing in the outside windows?
1
yes throughout the school
2
yes on some windows
3
no not at all
How is your school heated?
1
central boiler with radiators in classrooms
2
storage heaters
3
gas convector heater(s) in each classroom
4
hot-air outlets (fan-driven)
5
other (please tick and describe)
Other
If there is a central boiler how is it fuelled?
1
gas
2
oil
3
other please describe
Other

The school building(s):

Is the school generally in good repair?
1
Yes, very good
2
Yes, quite good
3
No, not very good
4
No, many problems
Do you feel there is overcrowding: For the staff:
1
Yes serious
2
Yes occasional
3
No
Do you feel there is overcrowding: For the pupils:
1
Yes serious
2
Yes occasional
3
No
Is this affecting the quality of education that you are providing?
1
Yes, a great deal
2
Yes, sometimes
3
No
Are there aspects of a school curriculum that you are having to restrict or omit because of lack of space?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you feel that overcrowding is affecting the morale of your staff?
1
Yes, a great deal
2
Yes, moderately
3
No
Do you have good toilet and washbasin facilities for: Your staff:
1
Yes
2
No
Do you have good toilet and washbasin facilities for: The pupils:
1
Yes
2
No
Do you have a hall that can be used for the whole school at one time, e.g. for assemblies, plays, Christmas carols, parent/teacher events?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to B9 below
Are the floors:
1
carpeted
2
wooden
3
other (please describe)
Other

Is there curtaining or noise absorption tiles to stop echoing? (Tick all that apply)

-

1 - Yes

Yes, curtains
Yes, tiles on walls or ceiling
Yes, other noise absorption materials
No, nothing

Is the outdoor play area for the children:

-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Large enough?
Situated so that it can be easily surveyed by adults?
Does it have grass as well as hard surface?
Where are the written SATS tests to be administered this year?
1
in the child's normal classroom
2
in the school hall
3
elsewhere (please describe)
Other
Would you say that this was a quiet environment in which the children could concentrate?
1
no, very noisy
2
no, quite noisy
3
fairly quiet
4
very quiet

SECTION C: ABOUT THE SCHOOL

What is the age range of children in your school? from ... years ... months to ... years ... months
years
months
years1
months1
Is the school: (please tick one only)
1
community school
2
voluntary aided school
3
voluntary controlled school
4
foundation school
5
foundation special school
6
community special school
7
non-maintained special school
8
independent school

Please give the usual time the sessions start and finish (use 24-hour clock) for Year 6.

Starts Ends
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Morning
Afternoon
How many children are there on the school register? ... children
How many
How many have been excluded from school during this school year? for a fixed term
How many
How many have been excluded from school during this school year? permanently
How many
How many are entitled to free school meals? ... children
How many
How many pupils have statements for special educational needs?
How many

What is your admission policy? (please tick all that apply)

-

1 - Yes

Waiting list (no policy)
Priority for children with special needs
Priority for children in catchment area
Priority for children with siblings in the school
Parent request for particular type of teaching the school offers
What is your admission policy? (please tick all that apply) Other (please describe)
1
Yes
Other
Approximately for what proportion of the children currently on your attendance register do you feel you have grounds for concern because the child's development might be impaired by his/her home circumstances? (Please tick one box only)
1
100%
2
75-99%
3
50-74%
4
25-49%
5
10-24%
6
less than 10%

How many of the children in your provision do you believe have the following disadvantaged home circumstances?

-

1 - None

2 - Few

3 - Many

4 - Most

5 - Don't know

Overcrowding
Poor housing
Poverty
Marital difficulties
Poor parent-child relations
Child on 'at risk' register
Family ill-health
How many of the children in your provision do you believe have the following disadvantaged home circumstances? Other (please tick and describe)
1
None
2
Few
3
Many
4
Most
5
Don't know
Other
How many children in your school are from homes where English is not the first language? ... children
How many
How many children with Special Educational Needs (Additional Educational Needs) are included in classes in your school? ... children
How many
How many children with SEN/AEN who spend some time in special units/classes are included in classes in your school? ... children
How many
How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 1 ... No. of children
How many
How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 2 ... No. of children
How many
How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 3 ... No. of children
How many
How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Statemented ... No. of children
How many

How many children are regularly visited/supported by the SEN/AEN Support Service?

No. of children
How many
Educational psychologist
Peripatetic teacher of the deaf
Peripatetic teacher of the visually impaired
Behaviour support team
Learning support team

SECTION D: THE TEACHING STAFF

How many of the following teaching staff do you have (including the head teacher)?

Male Female
How manyHow manyHow manyHow many How manyHow manyHow manyHow many
Full-time teachers
Part-time teachers
Teaching assistants (paid)
Other adult assistants (unpaid): parents
Other adult assistants (unpaid): volunteers
What is the overall complement of paid classroom staff (i.e. not including secretaries, caretakers etc.)? ... Full-time equivalents
Float
For how many sessions in the last 3 months has temporary staff cover been used?
1
none
2
1-5
3
6-10
4
11-15
5
16 or more

How often are there staff meetings to discuss the following?

-

1 - Weekly or more frequently

2 - Fortnightly

3 - Monthly

4 - Quarterly

5 - Less than four a year

6 - Never

Staff issues
Administration
Social issues relating to children's background
Children with special needs
Teaching policy
Curriculum
Education issues
How often are there staff meetings to discuss the following? Other (please tick and describe)
1
Weekly or more frequently
2
Fortnightly
3
Monthly
4
Quarterly
5
Less than four a year
6
Never
Other

Are the staff who coordinate the teaching of the following subjects specialists in the subject?

-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Maths
Literacy/English
Science
ICT/computing
Design & technology

The head teacher

How long have you been head teacher (or acting head) at this school?
1
< 1 year
2
1-2 years
3
3-9 years
4
10 or more years
Are you:
1
Male
2
Female
How long have you been a head teacher altogether?
1
< 1 year
2
1-2 years
3
3-9 years
4
10 or more years

SECTION E: SCHOOL MEALS

Does your school have a tuck shop?
1
Yes
2
No
please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Sweets/chocolate
1
Yes
2
No
please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Fruit
1
Yes
2
No
please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Crisps/savoury snacks
1
Yes
2
No
please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Drinks
1
Yes
2
No
please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Other (please describe)
1
Yes
2
No
Other
Does your school have a water fountain?
1
Yes
2
No

At break times:

Are the children allowed to eat?
1
Yes
2
No
are they allowed to eat:
1
any food they like
2
certain types of food only please list types:
3
food from tuck shop only
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Are the children allowed a drink?
1
Yes
2
No
is it:
1
water only
2
milk or water only
3
any drinks, but with certain restrictions e.g. not fizzy
4
any drinks, no restrictions

At lunch time

For children with packed lunches:
Are the children allowed a drink with their packed lunch?
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Water only
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Drinks brought from home with certain restrictions e.g. not fizzy drinks (please tick & describe)
1
Yes
2
No
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is it: Any drinks brought from home
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Drinks available in school other than water (please describe)
1
Yes
2
No
Other
What happens to food left over from packed lunches?
1
put back in lunch box and taken home
2
put in the bin at school
3
either of the above
Do the children swap foods with each other?
1
yes
2
no, this is discouraged
9
don't know
For children who eat school lunch:
Is there a written Nutritional Policy for planning meals in your school?
1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know
Who is responsible for carrying out the policy?
1
catering staff in this school
2
catering person in charge of several schools
3
head teacher
4
other (please specify )
Other
Please could you attach a copy of the policy if possible. Please include information on portion sizes if available and a copy of some menus used.
Are the children allowed a drink with their school meal?
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Water only
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Drinks brought from home with certain restrictions e.g. not fizzy drinks (please tick & describe)
1
Yes
2
No
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is it: Any drinks brought from home
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Drinks available in school other than water (please tick & describe)
1
Yes
2
No
Other
Are the children allowed second helpings?
1
Yes
2
No
3
Sometimes
If a child leaves his/her food regularly, is there any policy to deal with this?
1
Yes
2
No
Parents are informed
1
Yes
2
No
Other (please state)
1
Yes
2
No
Other

SECTION F: PARENTS' ASSOCIATIONS

Does your school have a Parents' Association?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to F2 on page 23

What activities are they involved in?

-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Social events to raise funds for essential items e.g. books, computers, sports kits
Social events not primarily for fund raising
Providing parent volunteers to help class teachers e.g. hear children read, help as class assistants
Providing parent volunteers to help with out-of-school activities e.g. costumes for plays, school trips
Selling school uniforms (new and/or ASNU to raise funds.
What activities are they involved in? Other (please describe)
1
Yes
2
No
Other
How many parent volunteers have been helping teachers in class time during this school year?
How many
Approximately how much money does the Parents' Association raise for the school each year?
pounds
What proportion of parents on average would you estimate tend to come to parents' evenings when pupils' progress is being discussed?
1
<20%
2
20-49%
3
50-74%
4
75-89%
5
90-100%
How often, on average, are you involved with complaints from parents or disputes with them?
1
nearly every day
2
2-3 times/week
3
once a week
4
once a month
5
once a term
6
never/hardly ever
This questionnaire was completed by: (tick all that apply) Head teacher
1
Yes
This questionnaire was completed by: (tick all that apply) Other (please describe)
1
Yes
Other
Date of completion of this questionnaire
Generic date
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
Space for any comments you might like to make. Please note, for confidentiality reasons we will not be able to reply to these.
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Please remember that we would like a copy of your Nutritional Policy (if appropriate) and some recent sample menus.
When completed please return the questionnaire to: Professor Jean Golding Children of the Nineties - ALSPAC Institute of Child Health
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Questionnaire for Head Teacher (SEFG)