Student survey class administration (online)
Check that you have a link to the survey and a unique password for your class.
Your school administrator may have set the link up already, for example, as part of the school intranet, a shortcut on each computer’s desktop or as a favourite or bookmarked within the internet browser
It is important that all students are carefully briefed and provided with full instructions.
Please select a time of day when students are settled, interruptions are unlikely and the computers are available for the class. Each student will need direct access to a computer. The survey should take 25-35 minutes to complete.
As a teacher administering the survey you will need to perform the following tasks:
- set time aside to conduct the survey
- explain what the survey is about
- help students navigate to the site
- read survey instructions to the students
- demonstrate to students how to record responses to survey questions, review their responses, and submit the survey.
Note: Some students will need extra assistance e.g assistance with reading and comprehension.
Navigating to the student survey site
To access the Student Survey, students will need to navigate to:
Figure 1: Student survey login
Ask the students to carefully type in the class password and click “Login” to access the survey. The password is case sensitive. Students will not be required to enter their name.
Once students have successfully logged into the survey site they will be provided with a brief introduction and asked to click “Next”.
For younger students, you may want to display and scroll through a copy of the student survey as you are reading it to them. If you display a copy of the survey using a data show or whiteboard, please do not submit this survey. Instead you can close the browser when you have finished explaining the survey to students.
Why should students complete a Student Survey?
This text can be used by teachers as an explanation of how completing these surveys can be beneficial for them and the school.
A survey is one way of collecting information from a lot of people. By listening to what students think, your school can find out how to make school better for everyone.
This survey is about what students think about school, and whether students feel safe and cared about at school.
Reading the survey aloud to class groups
This survey is designed to be read aloud to Year 5-6 and possibly Year 7-8 students. A copy of teacher read aloud instructions is provided for this purpose. Ask the students to read the survey silently as you read it aloud. Take time to make sure students understand the instructions, and in particular how to show their response to each of the survey items. When you read the actual survey questions, give students adequate time (about 8-10 seconds) to think about and then click on their responses to each.
Students are expected to work independently and not discuss their answers with their classmates.
Figure 2: Student Survey Introduction page
Completing the survey
The survey has been designed to be straightforward and non-threatening. If a student finds it difficult or unsettling to complete please use your discretion as to whether he or she should continue. Students are not asked to provide their name or their teacher’s name, please ensure that students are aware of this.
Prior to administering the survey please ensure that there is a pastoral care approach in place that can be used in the event that students need to talk further about their experiences e.g. referral of the students to a person in charge of pastoral care such as the AP, DP, or school counsellor. For older students it may be appropriate to provide phone help line details such as
- Youthline (phone: 0800 37 66 33; Text for free: 234; Email: email@example.com)
- 0800 NO BULLY (0800 66 28 55)
Students reviewing their responses
When a student has completed the survey they can review their responses using the review page. This page allows them to return to the various sections by clicking on appropriate links. Once they are satisfied with their responses they can submit the survey by clicking on the “Finish” button on the review page.
Students should only complete the survey once. If a student is unable to complete the survey, for example, because of a network problem they can use the class password to re-enter the site and start again. Results will only be recorded for analysis when the student submits the survey on the review page.