Just 4% of parents give Ofsted their view on schools

Ofsted has published data today showing that 4.2 per cent of parents at state schools used the inspectorate’s Parent View survey during the past 12 months. Tes reports.

The figures show that the number of parents using the system has been declining over the past year.

Parent View allows people to share their views about their child’s school with the inspectorate by answering 12 questions about their children’s education.

It is used by Ofsted during inspection of schools when parents are invited to have their say. But parents can fill in the survey at any time.

The figures also show that parents in independent schools were more than twice as likely to respond.  Just over one in ten parents (10.1) per cent of parents at the non-association private schools which Ofsted inspects responded.

The survey responses show that 63 per cent of parents strongly agreed that their child was happy with their state school and another 29 per cent agreed. Just five per cent disagreed and another three per cent strongly disagreed.

Last year the Public Accounts Committee said that Ofsted did not give parents enough opportunity to contribute their views as part of school inspections.

In a letter to the PAC chief inspector Amanda Spielman said: “While Parent View has served our inspection needs reasonably well, we are currently in the early stages of a project to replace the existing site with a new service, which better meets parents’ needs.”

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