Pupils Attitude to Self

Attitudes are formed by and affect how we feel, what we do and how we think. In a school setting, a pupil’s attitudes to learning can influence their whole experience of education and have significant effects on their overall levels of attainment, engagement and well-being. Through regular assessment, a complete picture of a pupil’s motivation, strengths, anxieties, school-based relationships and future learning behaviours can be built.

The benefits of PASS are extensive. In particular, it helps schools and professionals to:

  • inform teaching strategies and intervention programmes to help raise standards of attainment and pupil well-being
  • tackle challenging behaviour, a key requirement of the new inspection framework
  • address attendance issues through the identification of those most risk at of playing truant, up to 12 months in advance
  • truly understand the root-attitudinal factors that affect the behaviours of pupils', to aid effective target setting and highlight areas of development for every individual
  • support emotionally vulnerable young people and those with possible mental health issues, to ensure those most at risk do not slip through the net
  • identify problems at an early stage

What is the PASS survey?
The 20-minute survey covers nine factors proven to be linked to key educational goals, including attitude to attendance, preparedness for learning and response to the curriculum. A low score in any factor can pinpoint negative attitudes that might not otherwise be apparent. The resulting data can help teachers open a window into their pupils’ mindset, allowing truly effective interventions to be put in place and providing a benchmark to evidence progress.