UCL IOE Free Schools Survey

As part of a larger project to understand the changing landscape of the education sector, we are conducting a survey of Free School Headteachers to ask what you do differently to state-maintained schools. Free schools are an exciting new development in education provision, and our research aims to understand the diverse missions and objectives of new free schools. The survey complements a series of qualitative interviews we have already conducted with Free School Headteachers about their missions and objectives for their schools. Free schools have received a good deal of attention in the media, our aim is to understand what is really happening in free schools. The qualitiatve aspect of the project seeks to explain the particularities of each school and how the local education provision meets the area’s specific needs. The survey will give us a broader understanding of the trends and patterns in free schools in England.

Your responses will be used to build a clearer picture of the teaching and learning practices in free schools and the data will be used in academic publications and circulated to policy makers and stakeholders.

The survey is quick and easy to complete online.

There are only 10 questions and it will take less than 10 minutes of your time.

Responses are confidential and anonymous.

The research is based at the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge, Economies and Societies and is funded by the independent Economic and Social Research Council. It is led by Dr Susanne Wiborg, Professor Francis Green, Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby and Dr Rachel Wilde.

  • Susanne specialises in the comparative history of education and Scandinavian politics of education. Susanne’s previous analysis of free schools policy in Sweden has sparked an interest in how free schools work in the UK.
  • Francis is an economist interested in how forms of schooling effects future prospects, for instance in the labour market.
  • Peter is a professor of social policy, specialising in analysing the impact of social change on social welfare as well as the relationship between the private and public sectors.
  • Rachel is an organisational anthropologist whose research interests are in how organisation’s missions and values permeate through their work practices and processes.