The Chronicle Live is reporting that parents often feel shut out of vital decisions about their children’s schooling.
According to research by PTA UK, a charity set up to support Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) across the country, nearly half of all parents questioned aren’t confident their feedback is acted on by their child’s school.
More than eight out of ten want to be consulted more, but 42% do not think the government listens to them when it comes to their views on education.
The organisation has urged the government to do more to engage parents in policy, by being more transparent and honest about school budgets and financial pressures, and to give parents more control over decisions which impact on their youngsters.
Emma Williams, executive director of the charity, said: “Our research highlights the many issues which parents are concerned about but it also shows there is an untapped resource of parents who would be willing to support not only their own child’s education, but their school community as a whole.
“However, parents are not one homogenous group. They have individual needs and only by engaging with them directly can their issues be addressed. Parents can play a critical role in the development of school policy, express their views around national education proposals, bring new ideas on how to raise standards or indeed support families who are ‘just about managing’.”
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