Headteacher survey results in 2016 and 2017: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00956
Date received: 22 March 2018
Date responded: 20 April 2018

Information requested

You asked for the full set of results of the two headteacher surveys conducted in Autumn 2016 and Autumn 2017.


I enclose a copy of all the information you requested. You have asked for full results from the headteacher survey.

Two waves of the headteacher survey have been completed so far. The first wave took place in Autumn 2016 and the second in Autumn 2017.

The survey was completely confidential. Participants' answers could only be accessed by researchers, who summarised the overall learning from the survey in data tables. The questionnaire included for the most part closed questions, for which data can be quantified and summarised in a table format. Some questions were open and respondents could therefore provide answers in free text format. To ensure confidentiality and anonymity of respondents, responses were then analysed and coded in themes.

In response to your request, we have now added an annex to the published report which includes a full set of results (http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/03/1892). Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

The document contains data at three levels for each year:

Total level, i.e. all headteachers

Challenge Authorities, i.e. all headteachers from schools in Challenge Authorities

Schools, i.e. all headteachers from schools participating in the Schools Programme

When looking at the results, care should be taken with small base sizes, particularly for the subgroup of headteachers from the Schools Programme.

Additionally, a copy of the final versions for the questionnaires used at each wave have also been attached to help the navigation of the data tables.

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Questionnaire - 2017.docx
Data - Open Question - Q5 - Spontaneous awareness of aims.docx
Copy of Data - Topline Findings 2016 and 2017.xlsx


Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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