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ERIC Number: ED502476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 189
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-8447-8679-X
London Challenge: Surveys of Pupils and Teachers, 2005. Research Report RR718
Ridley, Kate; Knight, Sarah; Scott, Emma; Benton, Tom; Woodthorpe, Adrian
National Foundation for Educational Research
The London Challenge is a Department for Education and Skills (DfES) initiative, which aims to raise levels of attainment in London secondary schools and to create a world class education system in the capital. In 2005, London Challenge commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to carry out a survey of Year 7 pupils, Year 10 pupils and teachers from maintained schools in London, and comparison schools in other metropolitan areas. The survey (the second in the series) aimed to gather information on pupils' and teachers' opinions of maintained school provision and the quality of schooling. Findings from the London Challenge surveys are used by individual schools to improve what they offer to pupils as well as for measuring attitudes across London. In May 2005, all maintained secondary schools in London (396) were invited to take part in the surveys. In order to provide comparison data, a matched sample of schools (382) from other metropolitan areas was invited to take part. Questionnaires were dispatched to schools in mid-June for completion and return by the end of July. A total of 4,597 completed teacher questionnaires and 45,489 pupil questionnaires were received from 187 schools in London. A total of 2,387 completed teacher questionnaires and 13,711 pupil questionnaires were received from 96 comparison schools. London schools answered a greater number of questions than the metropolitan schools; therefore findings primarily relate to London schools although similar patterns were apparent in the data from metropolitan schools for those questions that were included in their survey. Reported overall trends include: (1) Relationship between pupil to teacher ratios and attitudes towards aspects of school life was cited as key by both pupils and teachers; (2) Length of time it took pupils to travel to school was a key factor in relation to pupils' experiences of and attitudes to school.; (3) In relation to the teacher survey, the seniority of the respondent was found to be a key variable; (4) Female teachers tended to respond more positively than male teachers; and (5) Pupils' home environment appeared to be another key factor in relation to their experiences of and attitudes to school. Seven appendixes are included: (1) Copies of the London Questionnaires; (2) Copies of the Metropolitan Questionnaires; (3) Year 7 Data; (4) Year 10 Data; (5) Teacher Questionnaire Data; (6) Factor Analysis--Technical Appendix; and (7) Multilevel Modelling--Technical Appendix. Three additional appendixes are available online: (8) Weighted Pupil Data (All London Schools in 2005); (9) 2004 and 2005 Pupil Data (Schools Participating in Both Years); and (10) 2004 and 2005 Teacher Data (Schools Participating in Both Years). (Contains 8 footnotes and 67 tables.) [This report was produced by the Department for Education and Skills.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)