The number of respondents to the quality survey of basic education has multiplied from 2015 in all groups. In 2015, the total number was 4,436, compared to this year’s 12,699. A total of 9,257 students from first to ninth grades responded to the survey, which brought the response rate in school children to 66%. There were 2,535 responses from guardians, and 907 from school staff.
Improved opportunities for participation in the planning of the school’s operations are hoped for
The results of the survey on the city level are mostly very positive. The personnel is quite happy with the operations of the schools. They appreciate the guiding effects of the curriculum and school year plan on their work, and saw the schools as active promoters of participation. They hoped for the guardians and students to participate more actively in the planning work and operations of the school. Smaller teaching groups were also hoped for.
The feedback from the guardians is mostly positive. They considered the cooperation with the school to be appreciative and dialogic, and saw Wilma as a good tool. They also understood the significance of the curriculum and school year plan as elements which steer the school work, but did not feel that they had enough opportunities to participate. They also estimated their level of participation in the parents’ association as low.
Students feel safe at school
Students in the first to fourth grades were very positive about school. Almost 85% said that they like school quite much or very much. They felt that they are helped at school, can feel safe, and that the adults will intervene in bullying. They estimated the tools and materials of the school to be good. However, participation in the school’s club activities and their planning was low, and they didn’t feel that the operations of the school are planned together that much. Even though the first to fourth-graders felt that the number of students in one class is suitable, they did hope for improvements in the possibilities to study in peace in class.
Students in the fifth to ninth grades were also fairly positive about school; however, they were more critical than the younger students: almost 70% said that they like school quite much or very much. They considered the school to be safe, and the group sizes in class to be suitable. They also felt that help is available when needed, and that the school psychologist and school welfare officer were available, as well. However, they did not feel that they had significant opportunities to participate in the planning work of the school, and participation in club activities was low. Discussions with the teacher about the student’s learning, and positive feedback in general, might increase the comfort even further.
Results to be used for development
The processing of the results of the quality survey of basic education on the city level is continued, and the school-specific results are made available to the schools during the first week of April.
‘The discussion is intended to be used as a basis for a city-wide object of development, the progress of which will be monitored. The results are discussed in the schools, together with the various groups of respondents, and school-specific development actions are agreed upon for the school year 2017-2018’, say basic education Service Area Managers Liliane Kjellman and Tommi Tuominen.