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Pupil Attitude Questionnaire





If you are interested in ordering the PAQ please contact the team on 01772 531555 or pst@lancashire.gov.uk




School Self-Evaluation: the Pupil Voice



Effective school self-evaluation is firmly at the heart of school improvement and is central to the New Relationship with Schools and the current inspection framework. 

Surveying pupil opinions offers schools a unique perspective to inform self-evaluation processes and to help focus school improvement planning. 



Background to the Lancashire Questionnaire

The Lancashire PAQ has been used with learners in Y9 and Y11 since 1999, with Y6 and Y7 since 2002, and with Y4 since 2004.  The questionnaire was revised in 2004 to take into account the views of various interest groups, including schools, the Community Safety Partnership, Healthy Schools and Leadership projects; and also to link with the 2003 inspection framework.  Additional questions were added in 2006 to cover the new Every Child Matters agenda.  A further full review was undertaken in 2007 to take account of new developments and priorities for schools and this was used in Lancashire and other neighbouring authorities to survey over 23,000 primary and 35,000 secondary pupils.

The Lancashire Pupil Attitude questionnaire is an enjoyable, quick and user friendly way of gathering childrensÂ’ views on a range of diverse issues which inform school self-evaluation. The questionnaire seeks the views of pupils on aspects such as their engagement in learning, their attitudes to school, social interaction, behaviour, and Assessment for Learning.

Using the Questionnaire

Pupils are asked a total of sixty questions, each with four possible responses (two positive, two negative).  Questions are arranged in random order so learners respond to each on its own merits, but they can be grouped thematically for analysis; for example: Opinions about school; Support from teachers; Interest in school work and confidence; Attitudes to school work; Social interaction; Attitudes out of school; Assessment for Learning. 

Questionnaires are completed from mid-March to mid-May. Originally, questions were set in a re-useable booklet, with pupils entering their responses onto a multi-choice OMR sheet (pre-printed with pupil details provided electronically in advance by schools).  LearnersÂ’ names and personal details are not collected on their response sheet to ensure confidentiality, but a bar code on the form allows analysis of results by gender and by ability.  Sheets were then returned to the Professional Support Team for processing and analysis.

From 2008, an online version of the questionnaire is also available for use with primary and secondary schools and sixth forms.  In order to complete the questionnaire, pupils need to have access to the internet.  Once completed, schools can instantly access an initial breakdown of pupil responses to each question by year group and gender.

Online Pupil Attitude Questionnaire

A strategic tool to be used in self evaluation 

The questionnaire offers a unique perspective to inform self-evaluation processes in school, including;


  •  Links with the current Ofsted Inspection Framework

  •  Links with the Every Child Matters Agenda

  •  Instant on-line analysis

  • Detailed analyses provided for every participating school, by year group, gender, ability, and against the ECM agenda outcomes

  • Analysis of trends over time and comparison with your local authority and all schools in the project

  • Comparison against a large data set as the questionnaire has been running since 1999, with over 60,000 pupils taking part each year


The questionnaire is completed annually, online, is very competitevely priced and pupils from any year group 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 can take part.

A presentation on how to administer the online questionnaire is available:

pdf version of the presentation

Powerpoint version of the presentation

Please click here to access a demonstration of the questionnaire.  Once you have opened the page click on 'Demo' on the left hand side.  You do not need to enter any details to log in - just click 'log in'.

Analysis Reports

The questionnaire is administered in schools across several authorities, so reports show results for the school, the local authority and for all project schools (in all authorities taking part).  Data are analysed by overall response, by gender and by ability band (based on key stage test scores).

The reports include charts and visual prompts to assist with analysis: highlighting and summarising responses that differ significantly from the Project as a whole; using graphs to illustrate trends over time and gender differences.  Reports are provided electronically to facilitate 'cut & paste' into presentations and other reports.

Please see the links below for extracts from the Primary and Secondary Guidance Notes:-


Primary Guidance


Secondary Guidance