The Tellus Survey - An Overview


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  • Ofsted developed Tellus to support the APA and JAR processes First survey Tellus1 – delivered to a small number of local authorities in 2006 At same time Ofsted was thinkg about developing Tellus into a national survey for 2007 – the Department was thinking about putting together its own national pupil perception survey. Agreed to join forces with Ofsted and Tellus2 and Tellus3 were both delivered with support from the Department
  • We do not intend to change the basic structure of the survey It will still be…. Read from slide Biggest immediate change is to the delivery period – survey moved to Autumn term Will not say any more about other planned changes as will be covered by NFER late
  • Frequently asked why does Government want to deliver a pupil perception survey? Number of benefits to asking CYP their views Helps us to deliver services more responsive to CYP needs and develop policies and procedures that reflect their aspirations Some issues like bullying only way to find out what is happening is to ask CYP themselves Should not underestimate CYP capacity to come up with practical and innovative solutions or think the unthinkable Sponsored MSC student in summer to do final research project on Tellus – spoke to CYP who had done Tellus2 & 3 – suggested we did away with don’t know something else option as we made it too easy for them not to answer the question properly
  • Looked at all these issue when we drew up the invitation to tender in contxt of the overarching aim for the survey Key issues we asked to be addressed Produce robust data that everyone is confident in The survey is accessible to all CYP Provides improved support to delivery partners – schools and LAs Improve ability of the data to be interrogated Handover to NFER to tell you how they are going to do this
  • The Tellus Survey - An Overview

    1. 1. The Tellus Survey - an overview Alison Thompson: Analysis and Research Division DCSF Conference: The Use of Evidence in Policy Development and Delivery, 9 February 2010
    2. 2. Tellus is … <ul><li>a quantitative self-completion survey designed to gather CYP views on their life, their school and their local area </li></ul><ul><li>The source of data to inform five DCSF led indicators in the national indicator set and three DCSF leds PSAs </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Survey <ul><li>annual survey </li></ul><ul><li>covers years 6, 8 and 10 </li></ul><ul><li>includes all types of mainstream schools (primary, middle, secondary, academies, PRUs and special schools, and Services Children Education) </li></ul><ul><li>inclusive of vulnerable and hard to reach groups such as children with SEN and disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>seeks CYP perceptions of, and experiences and satisfaction with universal services available to them (but not specialist services) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Benefits to us from gathering the views of children and young people <ul><li>better outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>customer focus </li></ul><ul><li>identify gaps or problems </li></ul><ul><li>CYP involvement in decision making </li></ul>
    5. 5. Key aims for Tellus4 - first survey delivered by DCSF and NFER <ul><li>to produce robust data everyone has confidence in using </li></ul><ul><li>improve support to schools and local authorities – our key delivery partners </li></ul><ul><li>improve the accessibility of the survey, to all children but especially those with disabilities and SEN </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Tellus4 Portal </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Survey ‘ can I firstly say how easy it is to use (the portal) and well-designed ‘ ‘ We had a very good response from our schools for both TellUs 2 and 3 but this year it is exceptional…our admin officer…is doing an admiral job ( [and) tells me the helpline is indeed very helpful ’. ‘ Our level of buy-in far exceeds what there was last year so I think your new approach is working well so far ’. Feedback received from LAs and schools
    8. 8. The Survey A parent accessing the portal said: ‘ I have been on the site and looked up the relevant items. I feel I can talk about the up and coming survey, with confidence, with my child ’. Feedback received from a parent
    9. 9. The Survey ‘ One pupil involved in piloting the SEND versions said ‘ It’s like they’re talking to you like a normal human being, like a one on one. You could say things that you wouldn’t want to say to family and friends ’ while another commented ‘ It was easy to understand, the symbols give you more information about the answers ’. Teaching staff also found that ‘ the kids enjoyed it ’ and praised the SEND versions because the Tellus team had ‘ thought really carefully about lots of different needs ’ and, as a result, it was ‘ good that [pupils] can share their views in the way they can communicate ’. Children and young people and their teachers
    10. 10. To contribute towards improving outcomes for all children and young people by providing robust information to measure children’s perceptions of their lives in each of the five every child matters outcomes.
    11. 11. Tellus the way forward <ul><li>Tellus4 </li></ul><ul><li>Small strategic independent qualitative evaluation looking specifically at delivery in schools and the SEND improvements. Will be used to inform the development of Tellus5 in conjunction with feedback received via Tellus portal. </li></ul><ul><li>Tellus5 </li></ul><ul><li>Not expecting any significant changes to be made to Tellus5 questionnaires or delivery model. Subject to the evaluation findings and Portal feedback - more a question of fine tuning. </li></ul><ul><li>2011 onwards </li></ul><ul><li>Currently exploring feasibility of developing the Tellus Survey into a national pupil perception survey that can inform school level pupil well being indicators, national indicators and PSAs. Working with School Report Card pilots to inform way forward. </li></ul>