The National Centre is a group of education and data specialists who have come together to support the running of the TIMSS programme. The National Centre team consists of the Department for Education, the Institute of Education from the University of London, World Class Arena and RM Education.
The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) sets rigorous requirements for TIMSS to ensure that all countries choose a representative selection of schools. If too few schools in England agree to participate in the international education survey, then the Secretary of State has a statutory power to direct them to participate; however, we look forward to securing the participation of schools on a voluntary basis.
The information collected will be provided in de-identified formto the international study organisers and will be shared with the Department for Education (DFE) for international comparison and research purposes. DFE may in turn share the information with other organisations for the purposes of international comparison and research. DFE and any organisation granted access to the data for the purposes of international comparison and researchwill not publish, share, or otherwise disclose information which identifies, or makes it possible to identify any individual or school participating in the study.
RM Education, it’s sub-contractors and the Department For Education adhere strictly to the Data Protection Act and all responses and data provided during the study will be treated accordingly.
Across England a sample of 300 schools will be selected. Within each sampled school, one or two classes of pupils from year 5 or year 9 will be specially selected to take part. These pupils will be asked to complete assessments in maths and science and a pupil questionnaire.
The maths and science teachers of the sampled pupils will be asked to complete a teacher questionnaire. Head teachers will also be asked to complete a questionnaire about the school.
Each school will be provided with a National Centre Test Administrator who will work with the school coordinator to administer the study within the school.
Administering TIMSS involves two components: the assessments and the questionnaires. The assessments need to be completed by the selected class(es) within each school (around 30 to 60 pupils).
Each pupil will also be required to complete a pupil questionnaire and their mathematics and science teachers will be required to complete a teacher questionnaire. The school questionnaire needs to be completed by the head teacher.
Assessment materials will be handed to pupils on the test day. All responses and personally identifiable information will be kept secure and protected at all times.
During the study the school coordinator will be the main link between the school and the National Centre. The school coordinator will need to be able to book resources such as rooms and facilities for the assessments, ensure all groups readiness to participate and have access to the schools pupil and workforce data.
The school coordinator will be responsible for:
Providing and confirming a list of eligible classes within the school.
Providing and confirming a list of eligible teachers.
Inform selected pupils and their parents/guardians of the schools participation.
Support all groups’ readiness to participate.
Working with the National Centre to book a test date and time, and arranging a suitable room at the school for the test day.
Distributing the questionnaire login information to the selected teachers and the head teacher.
Supporting the National Centre test administrators to invigilate the assessments on the test day.