Changes for 2020/2021
To aid survey completion, for this year we have made the following changes:
- In previous years, it has been necessary for the survey to be completed on desktop computers in classrooms, it is now possible to complete the survey on smartphones or tablets. Please consider the best way to ensure it is possible to maintain social distancing amongst pupils when completing the survey.
- We have extended the survey period to allow for as much flexibility as possible.
This page sets out eight steps that need to be followed for schools to measure the wellbeing of their pupils as part of the Measuring Wellbeing in Schools Project. Each involves activity by both the school and the research team, so we recommend you appoint a single Wellbeing Measurement Framework Champion to keep an overview.
The eight steps are:
- Sending a list of participating pupils to the research team data manager
- Reviewing the pre-prepared parent letters
- Informing parents about the survey and giving them the option to opt out
- Sending the privacy notice to parents
- Accessing unique passwords for each of these pupils
- Preparing for survey implementation, e.g. booking ICT suites and lesson plans
- Completing the online survey
- Receiving bespoke feedback for your school
Step 1 – Sending the pupil lists
Each pupil requires an individual password to log into the survey and complete it.
You will need to securely send us a list of all of the pupils for the relevant year groups so that the data manager can generate the passwords. For Primary schools this will be Years 5 & 6. For Secondary schools this will be Year 9 & 10. To do this, please use the template provided and return it to our data manager (email@example.com) in a password protected file. You will be asked to provide the following information: Unique Pupil Number (UPN), forename, surname, DOB, gender, school name, and year group.
If you would like advice on how to send the pupil lists securely please see the FAQs.
Step 2 – Reviewing parent letters
Schools will be asked to send out letters to all parents of children in the relevant year groups. These letters will inform parents about the survey and ask them to let us (the researchers) know if they do not want their child to be involved in in the survey.
Step 3 – Informing parents
In the 2020 survey period, two year groups will have the opportunity to take part in the survey in primary and one year group in secondary schools.
- In primary schools: Years 5 and 6 will be invited to take part. The Y5 & 6 parent letter should be sent to parents/guardians.
- In secondary schools:
- Year 9: Each year we would like to invite pupils in year 9 to take part in the survey
- Year 10: These are the pupils who took part in the first round of the survey when they were in year 7, and who we would like to follow-up again now that they are in year 10 (having missed the opportunity to follow them up in year 9 last year as planned). Parents of current year 10 pupils who took part in the survey in 2018 (when they were in year 7) gave their consent for their child to take part each year, so you do not need to ask for their consent again. If you have pupils in year 10 who are new to the school (i.e. who did not take part in the survey in 2018), you will need to inform their parents and seek their consent for their child to take part.
There are letters for year 9 and year 10 pupils that should be sent out before the children have access to the survey.
We recommend that letters are sent to parents of pupils as early as practicable, at least 4 weeks before you plan to carry out the survey. The 4 week period includes: a 2 week opt-out period for the parents, and a further 2 week period for our data manager to get back to schools regarding any opt-outs and to allow for any delays in opt-out letters reaching us.
You will need to edit the deadline date on the pre-prepared parent letters to ensure that this is two weeks from the date that the letters are sent (see highlighted sections in the word documents when you get them). Please also notify our data manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the deadline for opt outs.
Please do not change any other aspects of the letters other than the date. The letters had been approved by the UCL ethics committee, any changes to wording would result in a breach of protocol, rendering the data inadmissible.
Opt-outs will be sent directly to the research team. The team will then notify schools which pupils have been opted out.
If you receive any opt-out forms, please inform the research team’s data manager.
Step 4 – Privacy notices
We have created a privacy notice which informs parents about the steps we take as part of this research, including how we collect, analyse, make sense of, and present information (i.e. the processing of their child’s data). It also makes clear to them their rights (and those of their child) in relation to this, including their right to remove their child from this research. This privacy notice is a requirement of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Parents of all pupils who are taking part in the survey need to be sent this privacy notice via whatever communication channels you would normally use. We recommend that you send this out to parents of all pupils along with their parent letters (Step 3).
We have also created a separate version of the privacy notice that is specifically for young people. You do not need to do anything with this privacy notice, participating pupils will be presented with this notice online before they are allowed to begin the survey.
Step 5 – Opt outs and passwords
The data manager will contact schools with a list of pupils that have been opted out by their parents and will therefore not be taking part in the survey. The data manager will provide this list within 4 weeks of the consent forms being sent out.
The data manager will also send an Excel sheet containing the unique passwords for each pupil in an encrypted 7zip file to the relevant person in the school. The password to open the encrypted file will be communicated by telephone for added security.
Step 6 – Preparation
Stage 1: Timetabling/Booking IT suites
We suggest schools plan implementation of the survey in advance as various arrangements might be required, e.g. scheduling the survey period into the school’s calendar, booking IT suites or library computers.
You should expect that the survey completion will take a whole lesson. This includes time to introduce and explain the survey to the pupils, to answer any questions, and to get pupils set up on computers.
We suggest booking at least one additional lesson slot, to include any pupils that might miss their intended slot due to school absence.
Stage 2: ICT considerations
Pupils will complete the survey online, so please ensure that the website housing the survey is not blocked by your school computer. You might want to add the survey link to your school’s ‘white list’. We recommend that you make it available either as a shortcut on the pupils’ desktops (please see forthcoming document on how to make a shortcut) or as a link on a school’s Intranet. Please ensure that you test the questionnaire on an account that will be used by the pupils.
The survey link for the survey is: <to be shared closer to the survey period>
Stage 3: Passwords
Ensure that you have received the individual pupil passwords from the data manager. As with the survey website, you should ensure that the email address of the data manager isn’t blocked by your school computers.
Make sure that the passwords have been downloaded, and are in the right order (you may want to book admin support, to get passwords in the right class or year group order). Think ahead of time about how you are going to hand out the passwords in the survey session- some prefer to print out the pupil passwords and give them out to pupils on a piece of paper or sticker (if you choose this option, print out a master list for the survey session as well).
Stage 4: Preparing teachers
Please ensure those administering the survey in Step 7 have read and have print-outs of the necessary information, including the crib sheet (available to download from the website in due course).
Stage 5: Pupils not taking part
Schools should start thinking about what the children who will not be completing the survey will be doing during the session and what alternative activities might be made available for those who may complete the survey early in the allotted class/session.
Step 7 – Completing the online survey
Pupils should complete the online survey in class, under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff, between 2nd November 2020 and 25th June 2020. Please ensure that you have completed all the stages in Step 6 in advance.
How long will it take: We piloted the survey with a number of schools and on average it takes pupils 18 minutes, with the fastest pupils completing it in 10 minutes, and the slowest in 40 minutes.
Starting the survey: Passwords should be handed out prior to the survey. Pupils should not be able to have access to each other’s passwords. Pupils should type in their password into the box provided and then click ‘Next’ to start.
How to deal with questions during the surveys: The research team has prepared a crib sheet which introduces the survey and helps you deal with any questions. Please have a copy of the sheet with you just in case. This is available on the Documents page.
Support: For further technical assistance please contact the data manager (email@example.com).
Step 8 – Bespoke feedback for your school
The evaluation team will provide participating schools with bespoke feedback on a school-wide level in the September after the survey period.
This report will compare your school’s data with aggregated data from other schools nationally. These can be used as the school sees fit.
Please note: In order to preserve anonymity, we are not able to provide feedback for a school where there are fewer than 10 completed pupil questionnaires per year group.
There will be separate results for each year group that took part in the evaluation. This feedback will be split into sections based on the different aspects of wellbeing that the survey covers.
For each part of the survey, schools will be provided with simple, easy to understand data summaries displaying average scores for their pupils compared to the average for all schools taking part in the project nationally.