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Surveys and networks
13 February 2017
ATL uses surveys to gather members' opinions and to help inform ATL's policies and negotiations.

Support staff survey 2017

Increased numbers of support staff are having to teach lessons, according to a survey of almost 1,000 support staff members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). Below are some key findings of the survey. Read the full press release here

Do you consider the work you do when acting as cover supervisor to be identical to that done by supply teachers?

Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Yes 77.6% 309
No 14.8% 59
Don't know 7.5% 30
  • Answered question: 398
  • Skipped question: 590

Has it been possible to supervise the class without engaging in specified work i.e. delivering lessons?

Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Yes 27.5% 113
No 72.5% 298
  • Answered question: 411
  • Skipped question: 577

Are you expected to carry out the full range of duties of a teacher, even though you are paid at support staff rate?

Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Yes 28.9% 245
No 71.1% 602
  • Answered question: 847
  • Skipped question: 141

If you work extra hours is it because: (please tick all that are applicable)

Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Your school demands that you do 5.5% 45
Your workload demands it 74.8% 612
You take on extra work because you want to 21.8% 178
It is expected that you do 21.6% 177
  • Answered question: 818
  • Skipped question: 170

How many extra hours over your contracted hours do you regularly work per week?

Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
None 16.9% 160
1-3 hours 47.7% 452
4-6 hours 23.9% 227
7-10 hours 8.3% 79
11 hours and over 3.2% 30
  • Answered question: 948
  • Skipped question: 40

To the best of your knowledge, has the number of support staff at the school:

Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Increased 23.6% 229
Stayed the same 24.9% 241
Decreased 47.6% 461
  • Answered question: 969
  • Skipped question: 19

Do you get paid for working extra hours?

Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Yes 13.6% 117
No 72.6% 623
Sometimes 13.8% 118
  • Answered question: 858
  • Skipped question: 130

SEND survey 2016

Almost 600 members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) working in state-funded schools in England responded to a survey on SEND provision in schools which helped inform ATL's response to the Labour Party Review of SEND. Below are the key findings.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statements? I believe that the current system in England enables all children with special educational needs to be identified in a timely fashion.

Answer options Response Percent Response Count
Agree 17.5% 101
Disagree 70.7% 407
Don't know/Unsure 11.8% 68
  • Answered questions: 576
  • Skipped question: 9

I believe that the current system in England enables all children with special educational needs to be supported appropriately.

Answer options Response Percent Response Count
Agree 9.2% 53
Disagree 82.5% 477
Don't know/Unsure 8.3% 48
  • Answered questions: 578
  • Skipped question: 7

I have been able to access support and training to help me meet the needs of my pupils with SEND (i.e. my responsibilities under the SEND Code of Practice 2014) if I have needed to.

Answer options Response Percent Response Count
Agree 51.4% 293
Disagree 48.6% 277
  • Answered questions: 570
  • Skipped question: 15

If you were involved in access arrangements this year, did you find that the process per application took more, less or the same time to complete compared to last year?

Answer options Response Percent Response Count
Less 3.7% 7
More 44.4% 83
The same 51.9% 97
  • Answered questions: 187
  • Skipped question: 398

Are there learners within your setting, with additional needs, who are not eligible for official SEND recognition?

Answer options Response Percent Response Count
Yes 42.7% 195
No 15.8% 72
Not sure 41.6% 190
  • Answered questions: 457
  • Skipped question: 128

Do you feel that the children and young people that you work with, identified as having SEN at SEN Support, are receiving the support that they need to reach their potential?

Answer options Response Percent Response Count
Yes 26.6% 126
No 58.4% 277
Not sure 15.0% 71
  • Answered questions: 474
  • Skipped question: 111