R18A – SCHOOL CULTURE AUDIT QUESTIONNAIRE

April 2010

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……………………. School SCHOOL CULTURE AUDIT – QUESTIONNAIRE

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Background to the questionnaire

1.1 This questionnaire is being used as part of a school culture audit to support the whole school improvement programme. It is being completed by academic, support and administrative staff. 1.2 NOTE This introductory section of the Questionnaire will need to be tailored to suit the way you are intending to use it. For guidance on how to undertake a school culture audit and use the Questionnaire see Section 1 of Financial Management Standard Toolkit item R18 Guide to Culture Management.

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Notes for the completion of the questionnaire Complete Part 1 providing profile details about you by ticking the appropriate box for each section. (NOTE: This is to help us analyse the results rather than identify the respondents.) Complete Part 2 taking each statement in order. Please don’t discuss the statements with colleagues. If you basically agree that a statement applies to your school, then place a tick in the box adjacent to the statement number. If you don’t agree with, or are unsure about, the statement, then leave the box blank. Work through the statements giving your immediate response. Ignore grey reference letters are they are provided only to aid subsequent data analysis On completion, please put the questionnaire in the envelope supplied and return it to XXXXXX by DATE at the latest.

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SCHOOL CULTURE AUDIT Part 1: ABOUT YOU Your Age: 22-25 C 26-30 D 31-35 E 36-40 F 41-45 G 46-50 H 51-55 I 55+ J (TICK THE RELEVANT BOXES)

Your years working at current school: 0-5 K 6-10 L 11-15 M 16-20 N 21-25 O 26-30 P 31-35 Q 36+ R

Your years as a teacher (or other working experience): 0-5 S 6-10 T 11-15 U 16-20 V 21-25 W 26-30 X 31-35 Y 36+ Z

Your status: CPS 1 2 3 AD 4 AE 5 AF

AA AB AC CPS: Classroom Teacher’s Pay Spine Office AG Your Sex: Male Female AL AM Technician AH Catering AI

SMT AJ

C/taking AK

Have you taken on management responsibilities in: Current year? Last year? Within 4 years? More than 4 years ago? AN AO AP AQ

Note – Please ignore grey reference letters are they are provided only to aid subsequent data analysis

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SCHOOL CULTURE AUDIT Part 2: THE STATEMENTS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Self-improvement is encouraged I have the opportunity for advancement Decisions are implemented efficiently The management structure is clear All channels of communication are good In consultation the Head Teacher sets the agenda I can talk to someone when problems arise There is little point in further training I expect advancement to be difficult Often decisions are not implemented It is unclear who is responsible to whom I often don’t know what is going on School policy is arrived at democratically Teams often change I am helped to improve my work I expect the next two years to be positive Initiatives are reviewed regularly All management areas are integrated Information is freely available Decisions are informed by staff consensus My line manager is supportive I am not encouraged to improve I expect the next two years to be difficult Monitoring of initiatives is erratic Pastoral, Academic and Admin. are distinct activities It is difficult to get information I need Staff merely implement decisions made by the Head Teacher alone I often feel on my own I know the objectives set for me by my line manager I feel I accomplish something worthwhile at work The procedure for monitoring change is clear I always know to whom I am responsible Information relevant to my job is passed on to me My opinions are always invited on issues Page 4 of 5
TICK THE BOX IF YOU AGREE

AR AS AT AU AV AW AX AY AZ BA BB BC BD BE BF BG BH BI BJ BK BL BM BN BO BP BQ BR BS BT BU BV BW BX BY

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70

The staff-room is friendly I am unsure of objectives set for me I don’t feel satisfied with my job There is no formal assessment of change I have too many bosses I often receive information too late I have no real influence over decisions I often feel isolated Clear standards exist for me I work in a pleasant physical environment Ineffective policies are quickly abandoned The management structure is simple and effective There are clear routes for passing on information Working parties investigate alternative decisions I feel secure in my job I am unclear about standards expected of me I don’t find my physical environment pleasant It is often unclear whether planned change is successful The management structure is top-heavy and unresponsive I often don’t know to whom I should take a problem Committees just rubber-stamp management decisions I can often feel threatened I am well trained for my job I have sufficient resources to get the job done There are clear criteria for evaluating initiatives The management structure is appropriate for the needs of the school People are better informed by attending meetings I work as one of a team Difficulties are quickly resolved I feel inadequately trained to do my job I am constantly frustrated by the lack of resources Criteria for evaluating initiatives are unclear The management structure is not adequate to meet the school’s changing needs I gain little relevant information from meetings I just get on with my own job Problems tend to be unresolved Page 5 of 5

BZ CA CB CC CD CE CF CG CH CI CJ CK CL CM CN CO CP CQ CR CS CT CU CV CW CX CY CZ DA DB DC DD DE DF DG DH DI

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