Gain insight into attitudes that could be preventing achievement

Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) is an all-age attitudinal survey that provides a measurement of students’ attitudes towards themselves as learners and their attitudes towards school, providing valuable insight into obstacles that may be impacting negatively on attainment.

The information on this page will help you to understand how the tests can be used and how to interpret the data that they generate.

How to use PASS

Students complete the PASS survey onscreen, taking around 20 minutes as they read and comment on 50 statements (PASS 1 is designed for younger children and includes fewer statements). PASS has been translated into 20 different languages.

Reports are made available instantly via the online assessment analysis system and are easy to interpret through bar graphs and a simple traffic light system for identifying high/medium/low support required.

The reports can be broken down by demographics (including nationality and gender), specified groupings (EAL category, additional educational need) or on an individual student level.

Allowing a minimum of 10 weeks between surveys, you can run the PASS survey for a second time with the school/cohort and then compare the two reports to monitor progress and measure the impact of interventions.

Click on the links below to read more:

Test level age guide

Digital administration guide

The nine PASS attitudinal measures explained

Using the data from PASS

PASS can be used across your school from age 4 to 18+, with different levels offering questions designed to be appropriate for the different stages of a student’s journey.

Click on the links below to read more about using the PASS data:

What data is provided?

What does the data mean?

What are the implications for teaching and learning?

Identifying fragile learners

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Understanding student attitudes as a pre-requisite for success

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Identifying and supporting student wellbeing

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PASS technical information

The survey has been standardised against a representative national sample of more than 250,000 respondents.

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