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School Report Survey 2011: Q&A

School Reporters at Hendon School in London complete the School Report Survey 2011 online.
School Reporters at Hendon School in London complete the School Report Survey 2011 online.

The aim of the School Report Survey 2011 is to provide a snapshot of the UK through the eyes of 11 to 16-year-olds. This page explains the Survey by answering some of the most frequently asked questions and you may also like to use our Survey lesson plan .

Q: What is the School Report Survey?

An online questionnaire designed to be filled in anonymously by 11 to 16-year-olds in schools taking part in School Report 2011. It has been compiled in consultation with teachers and pupils.

Q: How long will it take to fill in?

In tests, it takes about 15 minutes but this will vary according to pupil and class.

Q: Why is School Report running the School Report Survey in 2011?

We are doing this for several reasons:

• A number of schools have run their own surveys in previous years. They found it a very useful source of news and a good opportunity for cross-curricula learning and so we wanted to offer this to all schools.

• 11 to 16-year-olds want to make their views known and this is one way of giving them a voice.

• On 27 March 2011 (three days after School Report News Day on March 24) all adults in the UK will be filling in questions on the government Census. This only happens every 10 years so it will be in the news that week. That means it's a great news peg for something similar involving teenagers.

• If the survey is a success, we will aim to run it every year.

Q: Do all schools taking part in School Report have to fill it in?

No. It is entirely up to the school. However, our aim is for as many 11 to 16-year-olds to take part as possible from schools signed up to School Report 2011.

Q: What are the benefits to schools of taking part?

There are several advantages:

• The results could provide interesting news for students' News Day reports.

• It is a simple way of involving more pupils in the project.

• Working on the questionnaire and analysing the data could be used to support learning in Maths or other lessons.

Q: What are the questions?

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Attached is a PDF version of the questionnaire.

The School Report team have worked with many teachers and their pupils to ensure that the questions are suitable for pupils to fill in at school with teacher consent. They have also been designed to avoid any identifying information about individual children.

Questions include an opt out for children who, for whatever reason, don't want to answer a particular question.

All teachers should get permission from their Head Teacher before pupils complete the questionnaire.

Q: How do the pupils take part?

They complete the questionnaire online via a link that is sent only to lead teachers.

Q: Who stores the data and oversees the process?

BBC News School Report is working on this with the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE). They are based at the University of Plymouth and the raw data will be stored securely on their servers. The RSSCSE have run the CensusAtSchool project for the last 10 years and have a great deal of expertise on data collection in schools and creating teaching and learning resources relating to data.

Q: What happens if something of serious concern is written by a child?

The questions have been designed to avoid any identifying information about individual children or disclosure of anything of serious concern about them. However, it is theoretically possible that something written by children - in the small number of open text boxes - may trigger serious concern. If that happens, the director of the RSSCSE will contact the editor of School Report who will report this to the lead teacher.

Q: How will the data be broken down?

On request, we will give the data from an individual school back to the named lead teacher and it will be then up to the school how they want to use it. Nobody else will be given the data for individual schools without the lead teachers' consent. The BBC and RSSCSE will analyse the data regionally but will not publish anything that enables results from an individual school to be identified without the school's consent.

Q: How will results from the questionnaire be used?

The results will be used in three ways:

1. Schools taking part in School Report will be given data to use in their own news reports as part of School Report News Day.

2. BBC programmes will be given national and regional results to use as part of their overall School Report coverage.

3. Results will be released to generate publicity for School Report News Day and to gain wider interest in the views of teenagers.

If you have any further questions, please contact the School Report team using the form below, or by emailing them at

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