Student survey


The Tell Them From Me student survey will provide school principals and school leaders with insight into student engagement, wellbeing and effective teaching practices at their school, from the perspective of students. The survey is confidential and can be used either as a one-off survey or to identify trends within schools over time and better inform school priorities. The survey is offered once a year, with the option of completing a second snapshot within the year if schools wish. School leaders receive their school's data within three business days of closing the survey.

How does it work?

The student survey is conducted entirely online during specific survey windows. This will be during Term 1 for the first survey and Term 3 for the optional second survey. The survey will take 15 to 20 minutes on average and no more than 30 minutes for most students.

Where students do not have access to personal devices, schools will need to make school computers available for students to complete the survey. Schools will be provided with information and consent forms for distribution to parents. Schools will also be provided with unique student usernames and passwords prior to the start of the survey. 

To protect student confidentiality, data suppression rules are applied to the school reporting tools where sample sizes are too small.

Students, principals and school coordinators can log into the survey at:


What does it ask?

The student survey asks students a range of questions related to the following:

Primary students: 

Secondary students: 

Primary measures
Secondary measures



How will schools receive their data?

School leaders receive a number of data reports, including: a 'one click' PDF summary report of their school's results; interactive charts which look more closely at their school results for specific groups of students (for example, by gender or year group); and thematic reports, for example, student engagement report. Schools can compare their results with a replica school - a virtual school of students who have similar characteristics (year, gender and socioeconomic characteristics).


How can schools use the data?

The survey data can help schools:

  • understand students' perspectives on critical aspects of their school experience, such as social and institutional engagement, wellbeing and exposure to quality teaching practices
  • provide evidence of areas of strength to support self-assessment and reporting
  • engage the school community in discussions to identify strategic directions for school improvement
  • establish quantitative improvement measures and help schools track achievement against them.


How will the department use the data?

Tell Them From Me (TTFM) data contribute to a state-wide research project. This project is led by the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE). It is hoped that results from CESE's analysis of the TTFM data will help teachers, principals and other education stakeholders discuss what works to improve student outcomes. CESE's analysis supports the department's continuing focus on quality teaching and leadership. Read copies of TTFM-related publications.



For more information about the student survey, read frequently asked questions

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