What do school leaders and the public really think

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What do school leaders and the public really think

  1. 1. What do school leaders and the public really think? The Key and Ipsos MORI share the latest findings Ben Page | Fergal Roche
  2. 2. • Survey conducted online in March 2014 • Sample of 12,000 school leaders selected from The Key’s database o 1,198 school leaders completed the full survey o The Key’s database of school leaders covers 84% of schools in England • Census of 7,000 school governors on The Key’s database o 1,079 school governors completed the full survey o The Key’s Governor database covers 74% of schools in England • Data quoted provides an indication of the opinions of school leaders and governors in state schools in England Latest results…
  3. 3. Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index An Education War?? Not for public What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 10 20 30 40 50 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 London Bombs Introduction of means-tested tuition fees. Education most important issue. Fuel Protests City academies introduced to combat entrenched failure in some urban schools Lowest score since Dec 1985 (9%) Labour’s second term - pledge to improve failing secondary schools Education and Inspections Bill limits the power of LAs to open new schools April 2011 – Pupil Premium introduced Cameron becomes PM
  4. 4. School leaders are happy in their job, especially those in the best-rated schools 72% 82% 75% 62% 57% Question: How satisfied or dissatisfied are you in your current role? Base: 1,198 school leaders responding to question where Ofsted data available Unweighted data Outstanding (n=130) Good (n=657) Total (n=1108) Requires improvement (n=235) Inadequate (n=28) Ofsted rating % very/ fairly satisfied in current role
  5. 5. Rates of satisfaction are better than other public services 72% 66% 63% 57% Question: How far do you agree or disagree: ‘you are happy in your job’? Source: Ipsos MORI Loyalty Representative Employee Data 2012 Education Health and social work School leaders (The Key) Public administration/ government % agree ‘you are happy in your job’ Ipsos MORI Loyalty Representative Employee Data (2012)
  6. 6. 66% of school leaders believe that morale in the teaching profession nationally is poor and 82% think it’s worse than in 2010 44% of governors believe that morale in the teaching profession nationally is poor and just 19% believe it is good Question: How do you rate the level of morale in the teaching profession nationally? Base: 1,198 school leaders responding to question; 1,079 school governors responding to question Question: How much better or worse is morale in the teaching profession now, compared with 2010? Base: 1,198 school leaders responding to question; 1,079 school governors responding to question Despite their own satisfaction, leaders and governors perceive that morale nationally is low
  7. 7. Evidence of a perception gap? Excellent Very good Neither good nor poor Very poorPoorGood My school Schools generally Extremely poor 35% 8% 58% 27% % Excellent/ very goodQuality of governance Quality of teaching My school Schools generally Question: What is your impression of the quality of school governance in England? / How would you rate the quality of governance in your own school? Base: 1,198 school leaders responding to question Question: What is your impression of the quality of teaching in England? / How would you rate the quality of teaching at your school? Base: 1,198 school leaders responding to question
  8. 8. School leaders and governors rate teaching highly, especially in best-rated schools Question: How would you rate the quality of teaching at your school? Base: 1,192 school leaders responding to question and for whom Ofsted data available 57% 79% 63% 34% 10% Outstanding (n=109) Good (n=443) Total (n=1192) Requires improvement (n=87) Inadequate (n=29) Quality of teaching at your school - % rating quality ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ Ofsted rating
  9. 9. Although ratings suggest there may be room for improvement Leaders 36% Good 42% Very good 15% Excellent Governors 35% Good 39% Very good 18% Excellent 93% 92% Quality of teaching at your school Question: How would you rate the quality of teaching at your school? Base: 1,198 school leaders; 1,079 school governors responding to question
  10. 10. Leaders and governors think the teaching profession is an unattractive prospect Question: In your view, how attractive or unattractive is the teaching profession to people choosing a career? Base: 1,198 school leaders; 1,079 school governors answering the question 60% of school leaders believe the teaching profession is unattractive
  11. 11. But school leaders would still recommend the profession, especially in the best-rated schools 66% 76% 66% 66% 32% Question: If you felt that somebody had relevant skills and experience, how likely would you be to recommend the teaching profession to him or her? Base: 1,170 school leaders responding to question where Ofsted data available Unweighted data Outstanding (n=136) Good (n=693) Total (n=1170) Requires improvement (n=251) Inadequate (n=28) % very/fairly likely to recommend the teaching profession to somebody with relevant skills and experience Ofsted rating
  12. 12. School leaders are less satisfied with the government’s performance cf. 2010 Question: Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the current government’s performance on education? Base: 1,198 school leaders (2014); 366 teachers on Senior Leadership Team interviewed for Ipsos MORI’s 2010 Teachers Omnibus Source: The Key/Ipsos MORI; Ipsos MORI Teachers Omnibus Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the current government’s performance on education? Very satisfied Fairly satisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Very dissatisfied Fairly dissatisfied 2010 2014
  13. 13. This may reflect views about the role of government in education “Education should not be politicised. Teachers and school leadership are best placed to make these decisions.” School leader “A long-term, cross party education policy would be far more beneficial for pupils and teachers, which no party currently champions.” School governor
  14. 14. Nevertheless school leaders perceive that the quality of education is improving Question: Do you think the quality of education in England’s schools is better or worse than in 2010, or do you think it’s about the same? Base: 1,198 school leaders 47% school leaders say the quality of education has got better since 2010 20% school leaders say the quality of education has got worse since 2010
  15. 15. Do you think each service has got better or worse in the last five years, or has it stayed the same? Public agree….. Base: 1,031 Source: BBC October 2013 27 15 11 13 11 8 14 8 8 9 7 5 4 4 21 18 18 16 16 20 11 13 12 11 12 10 7 7 3 6 9 14 11 14 9 4 11 9 9 10 15 10 18 3 6 6 14 12 16 8 3 8 8 7 11 13 12 49 2 Recycling collection Parks and open spaces GPs surgeries Refuse collection Hospitals Schools and colleges Leisure centres Bus service Street lighting Libraries Street cleaning The police Care for the elderly Road maintenance Meals-on-wheels Got much better Got a little better Got a little worse Got much worse
  16. 16. Do you think each service has got better or worse in the last five years, or has it stayed the same? 43% better vs 22% worse – good news Base: Response from those who use the service Source: BBC October 2013 36 43 36 23 29 29 29 28 22 9 22 16 11 22 23 28 32 32 Leisure centres Schools and colleges Parks and open… Meals on wheels Libraries Bus services GP service Hospitals Care for the elderly Better Worse Net score +27 +21 +20 +7 +12 +6 +1 -4 -10
  17. 17. What are schools for? Which of the following are most important in your school? (Select up to 3) All leaders Preparing young people with the skills needed for adulthood 68% Helping young people to have high self-esteem 54% Creating good citizens 47% Helping young people to be happy 45% Creating well-behaved young people 23% Ensuring young people do well in their examinations 20% Preparing young people for the world of work 15% Ensuring that young people are healthy 15% Preparing young people for FE/ HE 14% Question: Which of the following are most important in your school? Base: 1,198 school leaders
  18. 18. School leaders consider pupils are generally happy – less so in academies Question: On the whole, how happy or unhappy do you think pupils in your school are? Base: 1,198 school leaders; 1,079 school governors 59% academy leaders think their pupils are very happy 72% non- academy leaders think their pupils are very happy 98% of school leaders and 99% school governors believe their pupils are happy at school
  19. 19. More academic focus in academies vs. other schools Which of the following are most important in your school? (Select up to 3) All leaders Academy Non- academy Preparing young people with the skills needed for adulthood 68% 62% 69% Helping young people to have high self-esteem 54% 43% 57% Creating good citizens 47% 44% 48% Helping young people to be happy 45% 41% 46% Creating well-behaved young people 23% 24% 22% Ensuring young people do well in their examinations 20% 34% 17% Preparing young people for the world of work 15% 20% 14% Ensuring that young people are healthy 15% 8% 16% Preparing young people for FE/ HE 14% 22% 13% Question: Which of the following are most important in your school? Base: 1,198 school leaders / 180 academy leaders / 851 non-academy leaders Pink shading indicates statistically significant differences between academy/ non- academy school leaders
  20. 20. What next? Support for Pupil Premium and SEN reforms Question: How far do you support or oppose each of the following national policies/initiatives? Base: 1,198 school leaders; 1,079 school governors School leaders School governors % Support % Strongly support % Tend to support % Support % Strongly support % Tend to support Pupil premium funding 74 31 42 80 40 40 0-25 statements for children with special educational needs 55 24 32 65 23 42 Universal free school meals for infants 51 25 26 52 24 28 Forced academisation of underperforming schools 8 2 6 13 3 10 Creation of free schools 7 2 5 16 4 12
  21. 21. Summary • Perception that morale in the profession is low, but real picture is more complex o Leaders are generally satisfied in their role, and would recommend the profession o Ofsted scores reflected in morale and perceptions of quality • Leaders are relatively positive about aspects of teaching within their control and experience o Exception is quality of governance – rated relatively poorly by leaders for their own schools • Perception that quality of education has improved since 2010, despite dissatisfaction with government • Public agree!!!
  22. 22. Why is morale so low when school leaders think teaching is getting better?
  23. 23. Which of the following are most important in your school? (top four responses) Preparing young people with the skills needed for adulthood Helping young people to have high self-esteem Creating good citizens Helping young people to be happy 68% of school leaders 61% of school governors 54% of school leaders 54% of school governors 47% of school leaders 41% of school governors 47% of school leaders 41% of school governors Question: Which of the following are most important in your school? Base: 1,198 school leaders; 1,063 governors
  24. 24. Which of the following are most important in your school? (bottom five responses) Creating well-behaved young people Ensuring young people do well in their examinations Preparing young people for the world of work Ensuring that young people are healthy 23% of school leaders 31% of school governors 19% of school leaders 24% of school governors 15% of school leaders 15% of school governors 15% of school leaders 16% of school governors Preparing young people for further or higher education 15% of school leaders 14% of school governors Question: Which of the following are most important in your school? Base: 1,198 school leaders; 1,063 governors
  25. 25. Pupil Premium funding 0-25 EHC plans for children with special educational needs Universal free school meals for infants The three most popular policies: Question: How far do you support or oppose each of the following national policies/initiatives? Base: 1,198 school leaders
  26. 26. 0 20 40 60 80 100 Other Business awareness Relevant work experience Qualification obtained Academic results Basic literacy and numeracy Aptitudes for work Attitudes towards work Percentage of respondents What do employers look for in school and college leavers? 78% Attitudes towards work57% Aptitudes for work CBI/Pearson, 2013
  27. 27. How can we help schools continue to improve in an increasingly autonomous system?
  28. 28. • Examination system • Inspection regime • Governance • School leadership
  29. 29. Examination system 55% of school leaders do not feel that the current examination system accurately measures the abilities of pupils Question: In general, how accurately, if at all, do you think the 2013/14 examination system measures pupils’ abilities? Base: 1,198 school leaders
  30. 30. Inspection regime • 64% of school leaders do not believe that the inspection system accurately measures schools’ performance Question: How accurately, if at all, do you think the current inspection system measures schools’ performance? Base: 1,198 school leaders
  31. 31. Effectiveness of governance in England 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Extremely poor Very poor Poor Neither good nor poor Good Very good Excellent Percentage of respondents Question: What is your impression of the quality of school governance in England? Base: 1,063 governors “Good governance isn’t universal. Most of the 6,000 schools that aren’t good not only have weaknesses in leadership, but also governance.” Wilshaw, 2013
  32. 32. The role of school governor – Perceptions vs reality 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Extremely unattractive Very unattractive Fairly unattractive Not sure Fairly attractive Very attractive Extremely attractive Percentage of respondents Question: How attractive or unattractive do you think the role of school governor is to potential volunteers? Base: 1,063 governors
  33. 33. School leadership 0 20 40 60 80 100 School leadership is very or fairly important in attracting and retaining high quality teaching staff 0 20 40 60 80 100 The role of headteacher is unattractive to those in senior leadership positions 71% Of school leaders feel the role of headteacher is unattractive % % Question: How important, if at all, do you think each of the following are in attracting and retaining high quality staff into the teaching profession? Base: 1,198 school leaders Question: How attractive or unattractive do you think the role of the headteacher is to those in other senior leadership positions? Base: 1,198 school leaders
  34. 34. Questions • Have we got the balance of support and accountability right? • Does the current inspection regime meet the needs of self-improving school system? • How do we get the very best people into school governance? • How do we ensure headship is an attractive role for talented school leaders? • How can we support school leaders and governors to continue improving?

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