Assessing the impact of the Student Voice Project on shaping the ethos of Anglican primary schools: A study focusing on the Diocese of Llandaff

Francis, L.J., Lankshear, D.W., Eccles, E.L. and McKenna, U. (2020) Assessing the impact of the Student Voice Project on shaping the ethos of Anglican primary schools: A study focusing on the Diocese of Llandaff. Journal of Beliefs and Values. ISSN 1361-7672

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Abstract

The inspection criteria for schools with a religious character within the state-maintained system in England and Wales require the sponsoring body to arrange assessment on aspects of the distinctiveness of the school ethos and on school worship. The Student Voice Project was designed to include year-five and year-six students in this process. Within the Diocese of Llandaff, the Diocesan Director of Education utilised the customised reports prepared at the end of the first year of the survey for schools participating in the project with the senior leadership teams in order to enhance school improvement and effectiveness. The present study compares the responses of the 1,192 students participating in year one of the survey with the responses of the 1,111 students from the same 23 schools participating in year two. These data show a significant overall increase in scores recorded on the five six-item scales designed to measure student attitude toward five areas of ethos. No significant difference was recorded on the five-item scale designed to measure student attitude toward school worship. These findings suggest that the Student Voice Project, effectively implemented by the Diocesan Director of Education, had significant impact on the participating schools.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 Taylor and Francis. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in Journal of Beliefs and Values. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. This article is the result of the Primary Schools Attitude Survey (the Student Voice Project) funded by the St Mary's Centre (a Christian research institute working in the fields of religion and education).
Keywords: school improvement, school ethos, church schools, student voice, research impact
Depositing User: Emma Eccles
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 11:54
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2020 11:54
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/798

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