The Key’s surveys and reports

We run frequent surveys of our members to find out their views on the latest developments in education. Our results have been featured in the TES, The Telegraph and The Guardian, as well as sector publications.

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The Key's State of Education Report - May 2017

Our 2017 State of Education report explores the challenges and priorities in school leadership today, as well as how schools are responding to pressures head on. What do school leaders and governors make of education today?

Read our 2017 report to find out:

State of Education Report 2017  #StateOfEd

Pupil wellbeing findings 2017

The Key surveyed its members to find out their views on the wellbeing and mental health of primary school pupils.

To see the findings, please visit: 

Pupil wellbeing findings 2017

School budget findings 2017

The Key surveyed school leaders to get their take on school funding.

To see the findings, please visit: 

School budget findings 2017

Skills in school governance 2016

The Key surveyed school governors to find out what skills they value most and what skills they think are missing on a governing body.

To see the findings, please visit:

Skills in school governance

Pupil wellbeing findings 2016

The Key surveyed its members to learn about their views on pupil wellbeing. 

To see the findings, visit: 

Pupil wellbeing findings 2016

#SENDmatters - June 2016

The Key surveyed its members to get their take on the support available for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). 

To read more about the campaign, follow:

#SENDmatters campaign 2016

The Key's State of Education report - May 2016 

Our annual State of Education survey examines the big challenges, concerns and priorities in the school sector today. What looms greatest on the minds of school leaders and governors? Read our 2016 report to find out:

State of Education report 2016

The Key's Governor report - November 2015

The Key surveyed its governor members to learn about their views on education.
 
To view the full report, please see below.
 
Schools today: the governor perspective

The Key's Summer report - July 2015

The Key surveyed its members to learn about their views on pupil wellbeing.

School leaders were asked to select which out of a possible 14 health and safeguarding issues were concerning them.

To view the full report, please see below.

Summer report 2015 - School leaders' concerns about pupil wellbeing (346.3 KB)

The Key's State of Education report - April 2015

The Key surveyed its members in February 2015 to gather their opinions on the State of Education. 

A sample of 14,507 school leaders from The Key’s membership database was invited to take part in an online survey. Of these 1,180 school leaders completed the survey. 

To read the full results of the survey, please click the link below:

State of Education report (1.6 MB)

The Key's Survey - June 2014

The Key for School Leaders surveyed its members in June 2014 to gather their opinions about pupil mental health. 

A sample of 7,000 school leaders who are members of our service was selected. Of these, 1,031 completed the full survey.

To read the full results of the survey, please click the link below:

The Key June 14 survey - Pupil Mental Health (110.7 KB)

The Key's Primary School Survey - June 2014

The Key for School Leaders surveyed its primary school members in June 2014 to gather their opinions about the implementation of universal free school meals (FSM) for infants. A total of 920 school leaders completed the survey.

To read the full results of the survey, please click the link below:

Infant Free School Meals (110.8 KB)

The Key's State of Education Survey (in partnership with Ipsos Mori) - April 2014

The last three years have seen rapid change in the education sector, with the expansion of the academies programme, creation of free schools, a new Ofsted framework, and changes to the examination and assessment systems. At The Key, we know that school leaders and governors are concerned about how to keep ahead of that change. Over 48,000 use our question answering services, so we are well placed to reach those with most influence over how our schools are run.

To learn more about where school leaders and governors are, and where they are going, we surveyed our members in spring term 2014. We asked them to reflect on the quality of the school system and governance nationally, the state of the teaching profession, and government policies and initiatives. A total of 1,198 school leaders and 1,079 governors responded. 

For the full survey report, click on the link below. 

The State of Education Survey (1.0 MB)

The Key's Survey - November 2013

The Key for School Leaders surveyed its members in November 2013 to gather their opinions about the shortage of primary school places, term-time holidays and the National Curriculum.

The survey was sent to a sample of the population of school leaders in England and Wales drawn from our members. A total of 866 school leaders responded.

To read the full results of the survey, please click the links below:

The Key November 13 Survey - School places (Adobe pdf file) (388.3 KB)

The Key November 13 Survey - National Curriculum (Adobe pdf file) (405.7 KB)

The Key November 13 Survey – Term-time leave of absence (Adobe pdf file) (427.4 KB)

The Key's Survey - October 2013

The Key surveyed its members ahead of National School Meals week 2013 to gather their opinions about their school's role in promoting healthy eating.

The survey was sent to a sample of the population of school leaders in England and Wales drawn from our members. A total of 1,113 school leaders responded.

To read the full results of the survey, please click the links below: 

The Key October 13 Survey – School meals (Adobe pdf file) (376.0 KB)

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