Parent View – Having Your Say!

Parent View – Having Your Say!

The more we do, the more we can do”

William Hazlitt

There are many individuals and groups associated with a school and at Burdett-Coutts, we recognise that different groups have valuable ideas to contribute.  As such we frequently conduct stakeholder surveys to establish the different views parents, staff and pupils may have about our school. These results feed into our school improvement plan to help us to highlight any obvious areas of concern, so that action can be taken accordingly.

At the end of the last academic year, selected Year 6 pupils and School Council led by Mrs S. Lee were involved in a project to encourage parents and carers to give their views through Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire.

Parent View is an easy online survey designed to help Ofsted collect parents’ and carers’ views on their school. The survey offers 12 easy to answer questions about teaching, leadership, homework and other strategic topics pertinent to any school. Collected data is available immediately to the public without any personal information made available.

Using the school’s Ipads, which were bought using a combination of donations from the Trustees and funds raised by our parent group, Friends of Burdett-Coutts, the children canvassed parents over four days to fill in the online survey.

Year 6 pupils were trained to help parents login and answer the questions as members of school council gathered parents to the school hall. Parents who successfully completed the survey were then given a sticker for their efforts and in this way, over 60 responses were collected. Everyone involved, from pupils, staff and parents and carers were delighted by how easy it was to give their views.

The unique approach to this scheme attracted great interest from Ofsted and our school has been featured as a case study in PTA UK’s Autumn 2016 magazine. Jayne Noble, Head of Consultation & Engagement for Ofsted  is also working on producing an Animoto to publicise this initiative and there is also an interview with our Chair of Governor about the benefits of Parent View in the TES Oftsed blog.

Thank you to all the pupils who were involved and to Mrs Dyer and Mrs Lee for their participation. The scheme has been so successful that there are plans to repeat this again in the Spring term of the 2016/2017 academic year.

Parents and carers, if you took the time to participate in giving your views last year, please do so again for this academic year and if you missed it then, this will be a great opportunity for you to give your views.

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