The Every Student Matters Student Voice Online Survey
Every Student Matters (ESM) tells you about your students’ perceptions of school life, including their attitudes to safety, health, learning, relationships and their aspirations for the future.
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Every Student Matters is a process for school improvement with student participation at its heart. The ESM process involves students completing an online survey to answer a series of questions on life at school, including their attitudes to safety and health, relationships, their future and their aspirations.
The results of the survey are compiled into a report to be used as the basis for the consultation process for whole school improvement. All results are presented under the Every Child Matters headings for detailed analysis and decision making.
See Example ESM Results Report - this is for a subset of the full question set.
The Every Student Matters online survey provides:
The Every Student Matters survey has been developed in schools with question sets for both primary and secondary education. It takes students just minutes to complete and within hours you can review the results and start planning strategies for improvement.
Typically schools allocate time for students to complete the survey in their alloted period in the ICT suite over the course of a week or fortnight. Students log in to the Every Student Matters website using a generic school username and password to complete the survey anonymously.
When all students have completed the survey, notify us and we will compile your results and provide your completed report so you can begin your review straight away.
Features of the Every Student Matters online survey:
The Every Student Matters process is designed specifically around evaluating the outcomes of the Every Child Matters agenda. Every Child Matters is the Government’s vision for children’s services designed to help children and young people achieve the outcomes that are key to well-being in childhood and later life.
The ESM survey questions are designed to elicit student views based on the following Every Child Matters outcomes:
The results of the ESM survey are collated in a report with five sections corresponding to each of these outcomes. The report provides clear information for evaluating the contribution the school is making to meet these outcomes. It can be used to inform discussions with all members of the school community involved in students’ well-being.
Since we have encouraged the students to voice their opinions and perceptions it is important to work with them and share the data. Further analysis of the data in student focus groups is an essential part of the ESM process.
Staff may perceive the results differently and this will encourage healthy debate.
Having reflected on the data you can set targets for change in your students’ culture and measure progress year on year by repeating the survey at suitable intervals.
We offer a consultation and advisory service to help with your results or in establishing a change process.
The new Self Evaluation Form (SEF) requires schools to state how they are improving against each of the ECM outcomes. The student responses to questions the ESM survey can be presented to show progress made against each ECM outcome in section A2 and also elsewhere in the SEF, including:
|A2.2||Quality of learning and progress|
|A2.3||Quality of learning and progress for SEN|
|A2.4||Pupils achievement and the extent to which they enjoy their learning|
|A2.5||The extent to which pupils feel safe|
|A2.7||The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles|
|A2.8||The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community|
|A2.10||The extent to which pupils develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being|
|A2.11||The extent of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development|
|A3.1||The quality of teaching|
|A3.2||The use of assessment to support learning|
|A3.3||The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs, including, where relevant, through partnerships|
|A3.4||The effectiveness of care, guidance and support|
|A4.4||The effectiveness of the schools engagement with parents and carers|
For more information or a quote to run Every Student Matters online survey in your school please fill in the Contact Form and we will reply with all the details and price options. Some guide prices appear on the ESM Costs page.