Unit 4: Evaluation through pupil surveys

Train colleagues to make use of pupil opinion to assess teacher performance

Session overview
Assistant head, CPD leader, Deputy head, Director of studies, Governor, Head of year, Headteacher, School business manager\bursar, Subject leader, Teaching and learning coordinator

Aims and outcomes

A teachers’ most important job is to ensure a positive, productive learning experience for pupils. For this reason, hearing from the pupils themselves is an insightful way to gather more information for evaluating teachers. While understandably more subjective, pupil surveys allow feedback which can offer further evidence of strengths and weaknesses in performance, especially when compared with test score gains and lesson observations discussed in prior units.

The practical activities and discussion in this unit will allow participants to:

  • identify the range of survey methods: learn varied approaches for how to collect pupil views
  • develop a survey: understand how to construct an effective focus group or questionnaire
  • interpret responses: recognise how the data from surveys can identify teacher effectiveness
  • understand the subjectivity of surveys: realise the differences between analysing data and analysing pupil opinion and what that means for performance evaluation.

This unit continues to look at the research from the Sutton Trust, and asks participants to establish an outline for focus groups and questionnaires by looking at examples and adapting them for their school.