Ofsted Parent View (Parent survey)

Parent Questionnaire: Ofsted Parent View http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

Each year at Parents’ evening we use a paper questionnaire to ask parents for their views about the school as this tells us valuable information about what we do well and what we need to improve. The responses are always discussed by the management team, staff and governors and lead to constant improvements. Recently Ofsted have introduced Parent View, a new website which replaces the paper survey. However Burwell School believes that our survey currently outperforms Parent View because we have a very high response rate (nearly all parents reply); it is quicker (all responses back within 3 days); we can ask extra school specific questions; collect data about particular year groups and then make improvements; and we can approach specific parents if they have a particular concern or suggestion.

However we believe that Parent View may be of use as long as it reflects the opinions of all the parents. It will only work if as many people respond online as they do to our survey. For 2012 we will ask parents to continue with the paper survey and to register with and complete the survey on line. If this works we may well switch to only using the Parent View each year but also asking parents specific school based questions at parents’ evening.