Executive Overview

About the report

The Executive Summary report provides an overview of student Tell Them From Me (TTFM) survey results for a broad range of measures and selected items in the following focus areas:

  • Aboriginal culture
  • Aspirations
  • Behavioural engagement
  • Built environment and learning
  • Bullying (absence)
  • Classroom context
  • Cognitive engagement
  • Social engagement (including Sense of Belonging)
  • Socio-emotional learning
  • Teaching practice (from student survey)
  • Teaching practice (from teacher survey aligned to What Works Best themes)

Who can access this report?

Access to this report has been approved for the following roles:

  • School Performance Deputy Secretaries and Executive Directors
  • Directors, Chief Education Officers and other education support roles within the School Performance Deputy Secretaries Office
  • Directors, Educational Leadership (DEL)
  • Principals, School Leadership
  • Principals, Coach Mentor

For data access enquiries and report guidance, please contact the TTFM Data Team at ttfm.data@det.nsw.edu.au.

How will this report benefit me?

The report can assist in the identification of:

  • areas in which a school or PN is doing well
  • potential areas for improvement
  • declining trends in factors that may require attention.

This data can be used in conjunction with observations and other sources of information to assist those who support planning and improvement processes for schools. In addition to identifying areas for improvement, data can be used to pinpoint areas of good practice or programs that may contribute to more positive results.

How are survey results reported?

The student and teacher survey data are aggregated to the following nested levels:

  • School Performance Directorate (SPD)
  • Principal Network (PN)
  • School

Values are reported as follows:

Data type Value Reported
Student Percentage of students reporting positive perceptions or experiences
Teacher Mean response score on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the most positive

Slicers are included for year level and demographic characteristics reported by students in the survey (gender, SES quartile and Aboriginal background).

A filter can be applied to display only data relevant to WWB themes.

The following colour scales and iconography are used throughout the report to assist in the interpretation of data:

Visual Description
1 The red 'Reset all slicers' button clears all selections and starts a new exploration.
2 The 'Focus areas' icon displays the list of focus areas and the measures/items grouped within.
3 Use the arrow icons to gauge the relative change in value over five years.
Visual Description
4 The 'Guidance' icon assists your interpretation of the visuals.
5 The colour scales compare a value to a specified reference group (NSW, SPD or SSSG).

What’s on each page?

State Overview

This page displays TTFM measures/items grouped by focus areas and individually at the NSW and SPD levels.

  • Always reset the slicers using the red button before each exploration.
  • The focus area summary responds to calendar year and survey level slicers only.
  • The student measure/item summary responds to all slicers.
  • The teacher measure/item summary responds to all slicers except focus area and student demographics.

Network and School Details

This page drills down from SPD to PN and school level, enabling comparison for schools within their network.

  • Always reset the slicers using the red button before each exploration.
  • Student tables respond to all slicers.
  • Teacher tables respond to all slicers except focus areas and student demographics.

School Trends

The School Trends page can be used to examine overall trends for a school in the context of its SSSG and network. The measures/items are presented as line charts organised by Focus Area groups.

  • Always reset the slicers using the red button before choosing a new school.
  • Select a school, PN, survey level and focus area to display the trend charts.

Why is some data missing?

To protect student and teacher confidentiality, data suppression rules are applied to tables and charts where fewer than five responses contribute to a result. Note that using the slicers to drill deeper into the data will reduce the cohort size and will likely result in further data suppression, particularly for smaller schools.

To protect teacher confidentiality, additional suppression is applied to measures comprised of questions about students’ perceptions of teacher practice, where fewer than 40 responses contribute to a result.

Schools that did not participate in TTFM in certain years will have gaps in data. Further, in visuals where 5-year change values are presented, the change values will not show if either the start or end-year data is missing. The charts on the ‘School trends’ page may have breaks in trend lines if schools did not participate in some years.

Where does this data come from?

The data in this report comes from TTFM:

  • Student surveys, Semester 1
  • Teacher survey, Semester 2

How frequently is data updated?

Student data is updated annually in Semester 2.

Teacher data is updated annually in Semester 1.


  • DoE

Business Unit:

  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
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