Student survey

The Tell Them From Me student survey provides school leaders with insights student engagement, wellbeing and effective teaching practices at their school, from the perspective of students.

About

Eligible schools are asked to survey their students each year during the first annual survey window, commencing in Term 1. Schools may choose to survey their students again during the second survey window, commencing in Terms 3. School leaders typically receive their school's results within three business days of closing the survey.

From 2021 the department is asking all eligible schools to participate in the Term 1 survey. Further information can be found on the Participation in 2021 page (login required).

Which students can take the survey?

All students in Years 4 to 6 and 7 to 12 are encouraged to take part. The more students who complete the survey, the more reliable a school’s data will be.

The department is working to improve the accessibility of the surveys for all students. The student survey meets WCAG 2.0 accessibility requirements., Implementation guides are available to teachers assisting students with low literacy. Text-to-voice options are also available for students who require them.

How does it work?

The student survey is conducted entirely online during specific survey windows, commencing in Term 1 for the first survey and Term 3 for the optional second survey. The survey will take 15 to 20 minutes on average and no more than 30 minutes for most students.

Where students do not have access to personal devices, schools will need to make school computers available for students to complete the survey. Schools will be provided with information and consent forms for distribution to parents. Schools will also be provided with unique student usernames and passwords prior to the start of the survey.

To protect student confidentiality, data suppression rules are applied to the school reporting tools where sample sizes are too small.

Students, principals and school coordinators can log into the survey at: https://nsw.tellthemfromme.com/

Topics covered in the survey

The student survey asks students a range of question related to the following:

Primary students Secondary students
participation in sports and extracurricular activities academic self-concept
behaviour at school truancy
effective learning time aspirations: finishing year 12, university, tafe
use of ict for learning wellness
homework behaviour academic buoyancy
teaching relevance and rigour advocacy outside school
sense of belonging participation in sports and extracurricular activities
interest and motivation behaviour at school
perseverance effective learning time
positive relationships use of ict for learning
effort homework behaviour
experience of being bullied teaching relevance and rigour
valuing school outcomes sense of belonging
skills and learning challenge interest and motivation
advocacy at school perseverance
positive teacher – student relations positive relationships
expectations for success effort
positive learning climate experience of being bullied

valuing school outcomes
skills and learning challenge
advocacy at school
positive teacher – student relations
expectations for success

Some additional questions will also be asked to gain students' demographic information. Students do not need to answer these questions if they do not wish.

Custom questions

Schools can include their own custom questions in closed and open-ended format during the optional second survey in Terms 3 and 4. Individual responses to the open-ended questions will only be available to school principals and their nominated staff and will not be passed on to researchers.

Access to survey questions

School principals and school coordinators can view the survey questions on the Tell Them From Me portal using their unique login. The survey questions are available in PDF form for participating schools.

Please note that the survey questions are the intellectual property of The Learning Bar and must not be distributed beyond your school or used in any manner other than that stipulated by the department.

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