Survey gives parents the power

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PARENTS now have the opportunity to affect decisions about their child’s school by completing a survey with questions ranging from the quality of teaching to bullying, behaviour and homework.

The on-line survey, Parent View, has twelve questions aimed at providing information that will help other parents about their choice of schools and also provide useful information for Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

The final question asks parents whether or not they would recommend the school to others.

Baroness Sally Morgan, chairman of Ofsted said: “What parents tell us through these questionnaires will be considered when making decisions about when a school should be inspected.

“Whilst parents’ views alone cannot trigger an inspection, they will provide a vital piece of the jigsaw.”

Whitby senior school head teachers, Tony Hewitt head of Caedmon, Keith Prytherch of Whitby Community College and Sue Whelan of Eskdale issued a joint statement giving their views on the survey.

It read: “Staff at all three Whitby school strive to maintain positive working relationships with all parents and would be disappointed if parents felt they couldn’t approach us.

“The questions are the same as the ones we all regularly ask our parents at events such as parents’ evenings and the answers we receive then help us to monitor our provision.”

The questionnaire is available at www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk and the results for each school will be published on the website