Pupil Well-being Survey

The development and standardisation of the Sandwell Pupil Well-being Survey was commissioned as part of a project aiming to improve well-being through a whole-school approach. The survey has three main purposes:

  • Snapshot: to provide an overview of children and/or young people’s well-being and to identify themes across particular groups.
  • Identification: to identify individual children and/or young people who may need extra support. 
  • Evaluation: to monitor the impact of the interventions and other support provided to individual or groups of children and/or young people.

How does it work?

The Sandwell Pupil Well-being Survey has been developed and refined through completion of more than 1,000 pupils from primary schools. There is a version available for secondary schools, and the survey could also be used within other organisations working with children and/or young people.

Each question is positively phrased; pupils self-evaluate against the question using a five-point Likert scale:

  • Never = 1
  • A little = 2
  • Sometimes = 3
  • A lot = 4
  • Always = 5.

The scores are converted and then fall into boundaries categorised ‘Well below Average’, ‘Below Average’, ‘Average (low)’, ‘Average (high)’, ‘Above Average’.

The questions in the survey are related to three sub-themes; Positive Sense of Self, Pro-social and Attitudes Towards School Life. The Positive Sense of Self sub-theme relates to pupils’ expectations about their day-to-day lives, and how they see themselves and their relationships with other people such as peers, friends and family.

The Pro-social sub-theme investigates whether pupils believe they treat their peers with consideration, care, and respect. The Attitudes Towards School Life sub-theme explores pupils’ experiences of school, their attitude towards learning, and their self-esteem within the school environment.

All individuals scoring in the ‘Below Average’ category or lower for one or more subscale (or overall) is highlighted for support.  

How can I access the survey?

The survey is a valuable tool to identify children and young people who may need extra support, and can be used to monitor impact by using it pre- and post- interventions. It is part of the Charter Mark audit process, and therefore can be accessed by Educational Psychologists as part of their training and license to co-ordinate the Charter Mark.

For more information about this visit the Charter Mark page. If you are not an Educational Psychologist but are interested in finding out more about the survey please contact us.

Pupils scoring Below Average or Well Below Average

The survey identifies children or young people who achieve low well-being scores. Sometimes individuals are flagged that may not be expected, therefore this is a valuable tool to ensure they are receiving adequate support.

Here are some of the possible interventions recommended for children and young people in both primary and secondary schools, achieving low in each sub-theme. Please note these are just suggestions and the school should choose what is most suitable for each individual pupil.

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