Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS)

Research shows that children with higher levels of emotional, behavioural and social wellbeing, on average, have far higher levels of academic achievement, and are more engaged in school.*

In just 20 minutes, the Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) survey provides you with an insight into students’ mindsets that would otherwise be difficult to gain. It helps to detect possible barriers to learning, including issues around confidence, resilience, and motivation.

PASS highlights nine standardised factors proven to be significantly linked to educational goals:

Attitudinal factor

What it measures

1. Feelings about school Explores whether a pupil feels secure, confident and included in their learning community.
2. Perceived learning capability Offers an insight into a pupil’s level of self-respect, determination and openness to learning.
3. Self – regard, as a learner Equivalent to self-worth, this measure is focused specifically on self-awareness as a learner, highlighting levels of motivation and determination.
4. Preparedness for learning This measure covers areas such as study skills, attentiveness and concentration, looking at the pupil’s determination and openness to learning.
5. Attitudes to teachers This measures a young person's perceptions of the relationships they have with the adults in school. A low score can flag a lack of respect.
6. General work ethic Highlights the pupil’s aspirations and motivation to succeed in life, this measure focuses on purpose and direction, not just at school, but beyond.
7. Confidence in learning Identifies a pupil’s ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with a challenge.
8. Attitudes to attendance Correlating very highly with actual attendance 12 months later, this measure enables teachers to intercede earlier with strategies to reduce the likelihood of truancy.
9. Response to curriculum demands This measure focuses more narrowly on school-based motivation to undertake and complete curriculum based tasks, highlighting the pupil’s approach to communication and collaboration.


*DfE Research Report: The impact of Behaviour and Wellbeing on Educational Outcomes

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