Audit & Survey Tools: How to find out what is going on

The Anti-Bullying Works team has spent a lot of time exploring surveys and methods of gathering realistic information about bullying from your school community and we have provided some tools for you to use here:

The Draw and Write Survey

This survey should be undertaken with every child in the whole school, preferably at the same time. You will need 30 – 60 minutes to complete it.

It must be confidential.


  • Quality of information gathered
  • Accessible for everyone
  • Provides wide range of information that can inform whole school development
  • It is child centred approach
  • It generates key messages from each year group
  • It is a non-threatening method that does not make any assumptions


  • It can be time consuming to carry out the survey and analyse the results

More information:

Instructions for the Draw and Write Survey (MS Word)

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The Life in School Survey

This survey was designed by Sonia Sharp, an international expert in the field of bullying research. The idea is that everyone in the whole school community fills in the appropriate form and they are gathered and analysed by the working party.

By identifying negative behaviours that happen more than once and positive behaviours that are not happening, you can identify patterns of a bullying culture.

Positive behaviours that are happening often and negative behaviours that are not regular occurrences are also a reason to celebrate the positive aspects of school culture.

The results from this survey can then focus on shifting the culture and therefore the patterns of behaviours within school.

More information:

The Life In School Survey Checklist (MS Word)

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The Environmental Audit

This audit tool is designed to be used by each member of the working party independently, to draw together the different perspectives of the school’s environment and procedures.

The contents of this audit were drawn from examples of effective anti-bullying practice in West Sussex schools. The results enable a school to identify aspects of the school that need greater understanding or consistency.

More information:

The Environmental Audit (MS Word)