Ofsted look for evidence of regular staff surveys, and they are the most effective and robust way to learn what your staff think.Get Started
Here’s the latest Ofsted inspection handbook, which mentions staff surveys several times:
This isn’t just a box-ticking exercise. You can use a staff survey to inform other parts of the inspection too. For example, our survey will help you understand how well your staff understand your vision for your school, something Ofsted wants to know about:
Our survey can form part of your self-evaluation, helping to ensure it is rigorous and accurate, which Ofsted expects:
(The question set we use is one of the most respected and rigorous in the world, relied on by almost all branches of the UK Civil Service from the Cabinet Office to the DVLA. We are using it under licence from the Cabinet Office.)
Ofsted expects that leaders at outstanding schools use the views of staff to inform a deep, accurate understanding of their school:
Formal, regular surveys of staff help build trust and motivation, which is crucial for your school to be Outstanding:
It's free to try everything out, then £50 per survey you run. You can run them as often as you like. Or never again if it isn’t your cup of tea.Sign up here
We’ll create a unique link which you send to your staff.
Staff complete the survey confidentially on any computer, tablet or smartphone. There is no limit to the number of responses you receive for each survey. The price is per survey, not per response.
You can review the responses as a page of beautiful graphs. Share with staff and governors and anyone else, or no-one else, entirely up to you.
Lots of commercial providers want to sell you a truckload of expensive support services alongside their surveys. We just do surveys, and do it really well.
Deciding a set of rigorous questions is very hard. Skip the hard work and use the world-renowed UK Civil Service Staff Engagement survey questions (used here under Open Government Licence from the Cabinet Office).
It doesn’t, really. And it only scratches the surface, designed to help the inspector know if there is serious trouble amongst your staff, but it is not sufficiently detailed or rigorous to really be used as an ongoing tool.
Nope: just email your staff a special link and they can complete the questionnaire online in a few minutes. Works on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection.
Nope. With SchoolStaffSurveys.com you’ll get smart graphs, in the same familiar style as Ofsted’s ParentView graphs.
Yes, you do. If you have got this far, you are an experienced school leader. It isn’t rocket science. Try it out and you’ll soon see which areas need your attention, and which aspects are humming along nicely.
You do. Your school spends a few hundred thousand pounds a year on staff salaries, spending £50 on helping you manage them is well worth it.
Read on. Staff surveys build trust and engagement. This is important for lots of reasons:
Have you ever met a great teacher who hated their job? If your staff are happy and engaged they are much more likely to become great teachers.
Staff who feel engaged are more likely to be prepared to try, and suggest, new approaches and techniques.
Teachers who leave a school often don’t tell you much about why. Find out before people are thinking of leaving what their concerns are.
If you build a reputation as a school that listens to its teachers, you will find it easier to attract the best talent. If you want to, you could even publish your survey results for prospective candidates to read.