Summary of School Survey 2019 for Parents and Staff
The school takes part in the National School Opinion Survey every two years. For various reasons the 2018 survey was deferred to Term 2, 2019. Information gained is used to help make decisions on school direction and gauge school success. School families and staff are invited to take part in the surveys, which are online, voluntary and anonymous.
|Group||Total Pool||Surveys Received||Percentage|
|Parent / Carers||62||24||39|
Understandably, no kindergarten or pre-primary surveys were completed except by families with children also in higher classes. Highest participation was from Years' 3 and 5 parents and carers.
For staff, 72% of responses were received from full-time staff and 28% from part-time. All staff in a school leadership position completed surveys.
The rating scale used in the survey to evaluate questions was as follows:
5 --Strongly agree
4 -- Agree
3 -- Neither agree nor disagree
2 -- Disagree
1 -- Strongly disagree
Questions asked of Parents and Carers:
|1||Teachers at this school expect my child to do their best.||4.4||1-5|
|2||Teachers at this school provide my child with useful feedback about their school work.||4.1||1-5|
|3||Teachers at this school treat students fairly.||4.5||1-5|
|4||This school is well maintained.||4.5||1-5|
|5||My child feels safe at this school.||4.6||1-5|
|6||I can talk to my child’s teachers about my concerns.||4.6||1-5|
|7||Student behaviour is well managed at this school.||4.5||2-5|
|8||My child likes being at this school.||4.6||1-5|
|9||This school looks for ways to improve.||4.6||1-5|
|10||This school takes parents’ opinions seriously.||4.5||1-5|
|11||Teachers at this school motivate my child to learn.||4.5||1-5|
|12||My child is making good progress at this school.||4.6||1-5|
|13||My child’s learning needs are being met at this school.||4.5||1-5|
|14||This school works with me to support my child’s learning.||4.6||1-5|
|15||This school has a strong relationship with the local community.||4.3||1-5|
|16||This school is well led.||4.7||1-5|
|17||I am satisfied with the overall standard of education achieved at this school.||4.6||1-5|
|18||I would recommend this school to others.||4.7||1-5|
|19||My child’s teachers are good teachers.||4.6||1-5|
|20||Teachers at this school care about my child.||4.6||1-5|
One survey was returned with “Strongly Disagree” (1) for all questions except for one question which was marked “Disagree” (2). The school notes this was an exception rather than a concern given no other surveys agreed.
Questions asked of Staff:
|1||Teachers at this school expect students to do their best.||4.5||3-5|
|2||Teachers at this school provide students with useful feedback about their school work.||4.4||3-5|
|3||Teachers at this school treat students fairly.||4.4||3-5|
|4||This school is well maintained.||4.1||2-5|
|5||Students feel safe at this school.||4.0||2-5|
|6||Students at this school can talk to their teachers about their concerns.||4.6||3-5|
|7||Parents at this school can talk to teachers about their concerns.||4.6||3-5|
|8||Student behaviour is well managed at this school.||3.8||2-5|
|9||Students like being at this school.||4.3||3-5|
|10||This school looks for ways to improve.||4.3||3-5|
|11||This school takes staff opinions seriously.||3.6||1-5|
|12||Teachers at this school motivate students to learn.||4.5||4-5|
|13||Students’ learning needs are being met at this school.||4.3||3-5|
|14||This school works with parents to support students’ learning.||4.4||3-5|
|15||I receive useful feedback about my work at this school.||3.8||1-5|
|16||Staff are well supported at this school.||3.7||1-5|
|17||This school has a strong relationship with the local community.||3.9||2-5|
|18||This school is well led.||3.8||1-5|
|19||I am satisfied with the overall standard of education achieved at this school.||4.3||3-5|
|20||I would recommend this school to others.||4.4||3-5|
|21||Teachers at this school are good teachers.||4.5||3-5|
|22||Teachers at this school care about their students.||4.6||3-5|
Overall, 4% of responses scored 1 or 2, 10% scored 3, and 86% scored 4 or 5. The strongest response was received for Question 12, where all staff either agreed or strongly agreed that teachers at Riverside ESC are effective motivators of learning.
Neutral scores (3) are likely to originate with administration personnel not being in a position to effectively evaluate all classroom practices. Allowing for this, all staff either agreed or strongly agreed the school is a high performer in areas covered by Questions 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 14, 19, 21 and 22.
There are a small number of staff who returned responses of concern, mainly related to perceptions of staff management and school leadership.
- Even though more parents completed the survey than in 2015 and 2016, more can be done to encourage increased participation by parents and carers. The survey is valued as an effective instrument for gauging parent perceptions and and quality of interactions with the school.
- Staff also needs to be encouraged to raise the participation rate. Amongst other factors, staff perceptions are welcomed as an anonymous contribution toward greater awareness of the effectiveness of school practices.
- Administration staff not directly involved with classroom practices and curriculum could be surveyed separately to prevent skewing of the staff survey.
- Some respondents use surveys as an opportunity to air grievances. Nevertheless, all responses are valued.
- Overall, the survey reports a positive perception of current school practices by participating respondents.
- Areas identified by questions that received low scores will be considered as part of future school planning.