The TES is reporting the results of a new survey that found the most important factors for parents when choosing a school for their child were the school’s approach to education and how supportive the school was to its students.
Only a tiny minority of parents say that Ofsted ratings were the most important factor when choosing their child’s school, a survey of more than 1,000 parents carried out by TES and Mumsnet has found.
For parents choosing a primary school, the most important factor was how “warm, friendly and supportive” it was, cited by 40 per cent of parents. At secondary, the school’s approach to education was top of the list of considerations, cited by 20 per cent of respondents.
At primary, just 4 per cent said “Ofsted rating” was the most important consideration; at secondary that figure dropped to 2 per cent….
Ann Mroz, digital publishing director and TES editor, said: “This survey’s findings are fascinating and give us a very real insight into the way parents choose schools – and it shows that basically what parents want is a warm school, with caring and engaged teachers who want to look after and educate their children. Teachers and heads will be pleased to hear that.”
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