Understanding Your School, Parents, Students and Staff
12 August 2014
‘Your feedback is very important to us to ensure that we know what is going well and how things could be improved’
– the Facebook message to parents from one of our Member Schools.
The school is encouraging parents to complete the 2014 Parent Satisfaction Survey we designed. This is the ninth year of our L E A D stakeholder surveys. In the first year 14 schools took part in the suite of surveys, and to date, 155 schools, or 70 per cent of Independent schools in Victoria have participated in one or more surveys
Opinions are gathered in surveys of parents, staff, students, Year 12 exiting students, board members from Independent schools as well as schools’ affiliated early learning centres.
The unique L E A D Report brings together stakeholder opinions with objective data, such as school financial information, Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) scores and NAPLAN results to form a balanced scorecard, and this helps schools with their strategic planning and school improvements.
Comparing Like Schools
The database contains the opinions of more than 200,000 parents, students, teachers, general staff and board members. This means we can now provide comparisons of like schools without each school being identified.
One school can compare its results from Parent, Student, Staff and Year 12 Exit Student surveys against the results of, for example, other coeducational schools; schools with a similar SES score or number of students; or schools in the same region. The information will provide schools with deeper insights into stakeholder opinions and trends.
We can already provide the three top reasons why almost 40,000 parents at Member Schools chose their school. They were:
the school’s emphasis on the development of sound morals, values, beliefs and attitudes
the school suited their child’s needs better than other schools
the school’s reputation.
We know the three top opinions of almost 8000 teaching staff who said they were proud to work at their school, were happy to recommend the school and could rely on colleagues to provide support.
Almost 12,000 Year 12 Students said their schools were a safe place in which to learn, they had been encouraged to attain the best possible academic results and had a positive relationships with other students.
To find out more about this valuable management tool email Janice Boarder, Manager, Research and Analysis or phone Jacqui (03) 9825 7248.