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Omnibus survey of pupils and their parents/carers

Research report wave 4

Authors: Sarah Knibbs, Lucy Lindley, David Swordy, Jane Stevens and Sam Clemens

This report presents the findings from the fourth wave of the omnibus survey of pupils and their parents/carers in England. The research was conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE).

Data was gathered from school pupils aged 11-17 (years 7-13), attending a state-funded secondary school across England, and their parents or carers. School pupils were sampled from the National Pupil Database (NPD).

A new addition to wave 4 is the inclusion of paired responses from college students aged 16-17 (years 12 and 13) attending a Further Education (FE) or Sixth Form college across England and their parents/carers. Students working towards A-Levels, and technical or vocational qualifications were included in the sample, but those on apprenticeships were not. Students were sampled from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR).

Questions were submitted by different policy teams within DfE. Some questions have been asked in previous waves, and comparisons are made where appropriate. The survey also included questions on a range of new topics. As in previous waves, some questions were only asked to school pupils/college students, some only to parents/carers, and others were asked to both. In these cases, their responses are compared. A minority of questions were excluded from the college student questionnaires (and their parent/carer questionnaire) due to a lack of applicability outside of a school setting. Likewise, some questions in the college student questionnaire, and that of their parents/carers and some minor changes to phrasing were incorporated to ensure they were relevant to those attending colleges, and their parents/carers.