Tellus4: Delivering the survey


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Tellus4: Delivering the survey

  1. 1. Tellus4: Delivering the survey By Sarah Golden, NFER Presentation at DCSF Conference: The Use of Evidence in Policy Development and Delivery 9 February 2010
  2. 2. Changes to the survey process and content <ul><li>Change of timing – from Summer to Autumn </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to increase sample size – numbers of schools and children and young people </li></ul><ul><li>Optional additional questions for LAs and schools – up to 4 from a question bank </li></ul><ul><li>Amended questions while retaining consistency for National Indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Improved accessibility – versions for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities </li></ul>
  3. 3. Optional questions <ul><li>Consulted LAs and schools </li></ul><ul><li>Developed 26 questions related to ECM outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>LAs selected 2 questions in May/June </li></ul><ul><li>Schools selected 2 questions in June/July – could see what LA had chosen </li></ul><ul><li>Automatically included in questionnaire </li></ul><ul><li>Most popular related to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoyment of school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT access at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes to help them do better at school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequency of activities at home (eating together etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Range of statements relating to ECM outcomes </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Improved accessibility <ul><li>Three versions developed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Signed (British Sign Language) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions amended slightly when ‘translated’ </li></ul><ul><li>Completed by around 2% of the sample of children and young people as follows: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio – 2800 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbol – 1800 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Signed – 600 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Survey response <ul><li>Survey live for 7 weeks from October 5 th 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Administered through the Tellus4 portal </li></ul><ul><li>Response: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Around 254,000 children and young people in years 6, 8 and 10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Around 3,300 schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>151 LAs and Service Children’s Education </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Analysis <ul><li>Data weighted at LA level: gender, age group and deprivation </li></ul><ul><li>Design effects calculated </li></ul><ul><li>NI calculations follow agreed formula </li></ul><ul><li>LAs excluded from NI calculations where they have insufficient responses </li></ul>
  7. 7. Key findings 1: National Indicators <ul><li>NI50 – emotional health and wellbeing </li></ul><ul><li>NI69 – experience of bullying in the last year </li></ul><ul><li>NI110 – participation in positive activities </li></ul><ul><li>NI115 – misuse of substances </li></ul><ul><li>NI199 – satisfaction with parks and play areas </li></ul>
  8. 8. Emotional health and wellbeing <ul><li>I have one or more good friends </li></ul><ul><li>When I’m worried about something I can talk to my mum or dad </li></ul><ul><li>When I’m worried about something I can talk to my friends </li></ul><ul><li>When I’m worried about something I can talk to an adult who isn’t my mum or dad </li></ul>
  9. 9. Experience of bullying <ul><li>Have you ever been bullied when you are in school? </li></ul><ul><li>If yes, have you been bullied: </li></ul><ul><li>In the last year </li></ul><ul><li>In the last 6 months </li></ul><ul><li>In the last 4 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>I was bullied more than 1 year ago </li></ul>
  10. 10. Participation in positive activities <ul><li>Which of these have you been to in your free time in the last 4 weeks? </li></ul><ul><li>Sports club or class (not in school lessons and only count where you’ve done sport not just watched it) </li></ul><ul><li>A youth centre or club to take part in organised activities </li></ul><ul><li>Art, craft, dance, drama, film/video-making group (not in school lessons) </li></ul><ul><li>Music group or lesson (not in school lessons) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Misuse of substances - Alcohol <ul><li>Have you ever had an alcoholic drink – a whole drink not just a sip? </li></ul><ul><li>In the last 4 weeks how many times have you been drunk? </li></ul><ul><li>None </li></ul><ul><li>Once </li></ul><ul><li>Twice </li></ul><ul><li>Three or more times </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t want to say </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t know / can’t remember </li></ul><ul><li>I have never been drunk </li></ul>
  12. 12. Misuse of substances - Drugs <ul><li>Have you ever taken drugs? </li></ul><ul><li>In the last 4 weeks, how often have you taken any of the following drugs? </li></ul><ul><li>Cannabis or skunk? </li></ul><ul><li>Solvents, glue or gas? </li></ul><ul><li>Other drugs (like cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, heroin, crack, speed, magic mushrooms etc.)? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Satisfaction with parks and play areas <ul><li>What do you think of the parks and play areas in your area? </li></ul><ul><li>Very good </li></ul><ul><li>Fairly good </li></ul><ul><li>Neither good nor poor </li></ul><ul><li>Fairly poor </li></ul><ul><li>Very poor </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t know </li></ul>
  14. 14. Further details <ul><li>Sarah Golden: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>The report will be available on the DCSF research website: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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