Education Survey & Research Service

The Parent Survey

Methodology


EdSRS provide all parent questionnaires and guidance notes to schools. The schools then distribute the questionnaires to their parents.  Parents are asked to return the questionnaires to school who then send all completed questionnaires to Keele for analysis.  Alternatively the survey can be completed online.  In this instance, schools are provided with a bespoke link to distribute to parents.

The parent survey is available in two versions: a standard 30 question version and an extended 86 question version. The surveys focus on parents’/carers’ views about their child’s (primary or secondary) school and schooling; their experience of access to and contact with the school, their perception of the teachers, the quality of communication between school and parents, the school’s curriculum and standards, and the way in which the school caters for pupils’ academic and pastoral needs.

The Parent Survey is referenced in the following new publication:


Rebuilding Our Schools from the Bottom Up:  listening to teachers, children and parents

by Fiona Carnie (Routledge, 2018)


The aim of this book is to explore how teachers, students and parents can be given more of a say in the education system – in how schools are organised, and in what and how children learn. The book does not promote a specific view of education, but considers the means by which educational purposes and approaches can be conceived, agreed and enacted democratically – a precursor to a flourishing democratic society.

Rebuilding Our Schools from the Bottom Up has been written in response to significant changes which have taken place in the education system over the past 30 years. In England at least, these changes have resulted in an increasingly centralised system in which the voices of those who teach, those who learn, and those whose children go to school have been marginalised.

The book covers four main areas:

Teacher voice: listening to the professionals
Student voice: involving students as active participants in their education
Parent voice: building a genuine home–school partnership
School community voice: developing a shared vision

With inspiring examples from around the UK and overseas and a range of resources that can be used by senior leaders, teachers and parents, the book aims to encourage and support transformative change so that schools can meet the needs of the communities they exist to serve.


Please note that we offer Parent Councils and PTAUK members a discount of £100 off our standard parent survey.

Education Survey & Research Service

Tel: 01782 660929

Parent Comments

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I hope that the school will take this information into account and are able to make some suitable changes.  (Y7 parent)

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I think this questionnaire is very helpful because I can start to think deeper about things that I would have never thought about before. (Y10 parent)

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Some of the questions I had to answer ‘unsure’ for highlighted to me how much more information I would like and need.   (Y8 parent)

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Thank you for this, I feel this is very important for this type of questionnaire to be done. (Y12 parent)

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Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback.  I firmly believe that our children’s education is a joint responsibility between ourselves and the school.  (Y8 parent)

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Thank you for giving parents the opportunity to comment via this well-constructed questionnaire. (Y12 parent)

The Questionnaire

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Both versions (30 questions or 86 questions) of the parent questionnaire cover the following broad areas which impact upon the quality of the child’s experience:

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  • The school and its standards
  • Communication between school and parents
  • The relationships between parents and teachers
  • The quality of children’s experience in school
  • The effectiveness of the teachers
  • The well-being of their child

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The standard version (30 questions) consists of a double-sided A4 sheet with tick boxes for each question and a comments box. The extended version consists of an A4 booklet with 86 questions and a comments box.


Outcomes

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Schools are provided with a full survey report containing an executive summary, a written report, and an analysis of questions (tabulated by the child’s school year group). Schools are also provided with data in diagrammatic form and (where possible) longitudinal data in tabulated form, together with a written transcript of comments made by parents in the "free expression" section of the questionnaire. Finally, the report contains summaries of the school's findings, providing comparisons (where available) with previous Keele surveys at the school.

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Please click on the tabs on the left of this page for further details of other EdSRS surveys.