Information about the questionnaire

You are being invited to take part in a small scale survey. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully. 

This anonymous questionnaire is seeking to explore how teachers of pupils in key stage 3 teach the substances, physical changes and particle model of matter content in the chemistry and physics sections of the key stage 3 science programmes of study in the national curriculum.  It has 2 sections and will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.

The questionnaire is part of a larger PhD research project being carried out by a teacher. The aim of the research is to find out how teachers of pupils in years 4,5 and 7 interpret and enact the sections in the science national curriculum relating to the nature and behaviour of matter and materials.

You are free to withdraw at any time during the questionnaire. No information will be recorded until you submit your responses at the end. Submitting the questionnaire at the end is the final confirmation of your consent.  If you are completing this questionnaire on the survey monkey internet platform you need to aware that whilst every precaution is taken by both Survey Monkey and the researcher, there is always a certain risk of data loss when data is collected and processed in an internet environment. Your decision to take part will have no impact on you or your relationship with your school, Oxford Brookes University or the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

The data collected in this questionnaire will be analysed and used to inform the researcher’s PhD thesis. All data collected will remain anonymous and kept strictly confidential (subject to legal limitations) in accordance with Oxford Brookes University’s Policies. Recommendations arising from this doctoral study will subsequently be offered to schools, curriculum developers and policy makers about ways to improve transitional pedagogies that could influence learning in this area of the curriculum.


This study is jointly funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust and Oxford Brookes University and has been approved by Oxford Brookes University Ethics Committee.

For further information about this study please contact the principal researcher, Elizabeth Coppard. Email:  or her supervisor Prof. Deb McGregor Email:

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* 1. Informed Consent

If you would like to take part in this small scale study, please ensure you have read and understood the information above and then tick each of the four boxes below before proceeding: