Attitudes to School Survey

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

The overall objective of the annual Attitudes to School Survey is to collect data about the opinions of students from Years 4 to 12 to assist schools with planning, developing curriculum and improving student outcomes.

The survey assists schools to gain an understanding of students’ perceptions and their experience of school. It provides schools with valuable data on students’ views of their wellbeing, teaching, learning and school in general.

2017 Survey

The Department is excited to announce a refreshed Attitudes to School Survey for 2017. The survey includes evidence based measures known to influence student engagement and outcomes, while retaining essential measures for data continuity purposes.

The refreshed survey is aligned to the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes and will provide schools with actionable insights in key elements for school improvement.

The refreshed survey will be conducted online for students in Years 4 to 12 from 22 May to 23 June 2017.

An online survey for 2017

The survey will be administered from a secure online survey portal to provide the following benefits to schools and students:

  • the survey is open to year 4 for the first time this year
  • the survey includes 3 levels of differentiation on selected measures for years 4 to 6, 7 to 9, and 10 to 12, made possible by the online administration
  • schools will be able to access their own survey results from the portal shortening the turn-around time on survey results
  • schools are no longer required to manage and return paper data forms
  • the longer survey period provides flexibility for schools to schedule the survey to fit their own timetables
  • schools have a six-week window to complete the survey allowing for the scheduling of classes for online survey completion where computer resources are shared.

What is required from my school to participate in the online survey?

ORIMA Research Pty Ltd has been contracted by the Department to administer the online collection of the Attitudes to School Survey with all schools in 2017.

Survey administration

  • Schools will be sent a link to the secure survey portal from ORIMA Research at the start of
    term 2.
  • The link will provide access to a secure administration site for your school on the survey portal.
  • Schools will be required to nominate an administrator to interact with the survey portal on behalf of the school.
  • The administrator's role is to download the student log-in details for your school from the portal.
  • Administrators will be supported through a telephone and email helpline, as well as detailed step by step guides.

Survey preparation

  • A unique survey log-in will be generated for each student at your school for years 4 to 12.
  • The school survey administrator will download the student log-in list from the secure portal and provide teachers with the log-in details for their students and the link to the secure portal.
  • Schools timetable survey completion periods for each class.

Survey completion at schools

  • The supervising teacher will provide the class with the survey link.
  • The supervising teacher will give each student their survey log-in.
  • Students log-in to the secure site and complete the survey online.

School results

Schools will access their 2017 survey results from the secure survey portal from 19 July 2017.

School support

ORIMA Research will provide support for schools throughout the survey period from the start of May until the end of June through a telephone helpline and an email support option. Details will be provided to schools at the start of term 2.

Communication to parents and students

Participation should be based on agreement at the local level. Principals should ensure that appropriate consultation occurs with the school community prior to participating in the Attitudes to School Survey. It is important to notify parents of the changes to the Attitudes to School Survey for 2017 due to inclusion of Year 4 for the first time and the change to an online survey.

  • Schools will be provided with sample text for parent and school newsletters at the start of term 2.
  • A sample handout for students will also be provided.

Further information

Attitudes to Schools Survey frequently asked questions

If you have queries please email: attitudes.school.survey@edumail.vic.gov.au