The Student Motivation Questionnaire

Benefits of the SMQ

The SMQ is an online questionnaire measuring the emotional wellbeing of secondary students

  • Easy to understand results
  • Measures over time improvement or decline in student wellbeing
  • Identifies which students to refer for counselling with the degree of urgency
  • Identifies which students to refer for additional pastoral support
  • Identifies which students to refer for motivational/academic coaching
  • Easy to use for students and staff
  • No external and costly interpretation of reports
  • Provides information for better resource and time management via accurate targeting of need

 

SMQ has proved a valuable asset in secondary schools in the UK, South East Asia and the rest of the world over the last ten years.

 

As an experienced head teacher, I’ve found the SMQ to be an excellent tool for identifying students who need extra support. Everyone knows about the obvious ones but the SMQ spotlights those who may slide under the radar – a great help in ensuring that resources are targeted where they will have impact and that students at risk have the best possible life chances.

Rob Thomas
Executive Headteacher
Trinity All Through School
Lewisham, London

Andy Homden

Principal / Jumeira Baccalaureate School

The Student Motivation Questionnaire is a unique instrument that has helped the school to track the emotional well-being of our students. It not only enables us to identify the need for early support intervention, but by cross referencing academic assessment data with the results of the SMQ, staff can support students in a targeted programme of academic tutoring, designed to enhance academic progress and attainment, set in the context of understanding individual students far more effectively. I am delighted to learn that this valuable tool is now available world-wide on the internet – with instant results.

Rob Thomas

Head Teacher / Trinity All Through School

Since I have worked with the Motivated Learning Trust, who developed the SMQ, in schools and Colleges in London. I was involved in the early trials of the SMQ as an aid to identifying the emotional wellbeing (or otherwise!) of secondary students. I have seen it develop from a paper questionnaire to its streamlined online version that accurately identifies the areas of emotional concern in secondary students. As an experienced Head Teacher, I've found the SMQ to be an excellent tool for identifying students who need extra support. The obvious ones are known but the SMQ spotlights those who may slide under the radar - a great help in ensuring that resources are targeted where they will have impact and that students at risk have the best possible life chances.

Kathleen O'Brien

Team Leader, Learning Support and Advice / Victoria, Australia

The SMQ easily easy identifies the types of questions to discuss with the students to assist them to develop a clear understanding of problems they face and help them to come up with a plan. The feedback I receive from students after a motivational coaching session is very positive, giving them a better idea about their studies and a clearer understanding of what they need to do to be successful. The SMQ helps quickly identify those students who need additional support sooner than later.