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Use our survey questions to get an idea of how many pupils you'll be expecting to come to school, now that the government thinks it's safe to open in June.

This survey should be short and sweet – your aim is to get an idea of pupil numbers to help you plan your socially distant provision.

Pick and choose which questions you want to use from the question banks below. For each question, decide how you’ll collect responses to best get the information you want (e.g. using scaled answers for some questions and yes/no answer for others, and adding a comments field where appropriate).

Copy the statements and questions you’ll use into an online survey tool (e.g. Google Forms, Microsoft Forms, or SurveyMonkey). Or create your own to send out to parents via your usual way of communicating.

Questions you can ask

Closed questions

If you're primary school, use 1 June in these questions. If you're a secondary school, use 15 June.

  • Which year group is your child/children in? (You could ask parents to tick all the relevant year groups)
  • What is your child’s name? 
  • How likely is it that you’ll send your child/children to school if it were to reopen on 1/15 June?
  • How confident would you be to send your child into school if it were to reopen on 1/15 June?
  • Are you intending to send your child to school if we reopen on 1/15 June?
  • If we're told to open on 1/15 June, do you think you'll send your child to school?

For the questions on reopening, consider offering multiple choice answers, including an 'unsure' option. This'll enable you to get a better idea of numbers and help you decide how to organise your staff and pupil groups.

Open questions and statements

  • If you don’t intend to send your child to school, please explain why
  • If you’re unsure if you’re going to send your child to school, please explain why
  • Are there any circumstances where you would definitely/definitely not send your child to school?
  • Is there anything we can do to reassure or support you?
  • Do you have any other comments or concerns?

These questions will help you see if there's anything you can (or can't) put in place to alleviate any concerns, and what the general feeling of parents is around the situation.

After you’ve collected and analysed the results

Once you've got the responses from your survey, you can:

  • Plan or adapt your reopening method if you need to. For example, the number of groups or teachers you need may change depending on the number of pupils you expect to come in
  • Let staff and parents know how your school plans to open, if it can, in June

Note: the number of pupils you expect to come in based on the survey might be different in reality, as lots can change over a few weeks. Make sure you build in some wiggle room to your plans in case pupil numbers go up or down.

Examples from schools

Here's some examples of reopening surveys from other schools:

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