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Parent Questionnaire October 2019

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for taking the time to complete the Parent/Carer Questionnaire. We have been busy analysing the outcomes. We had 214 responses out of a possible 333 pupils currently on roll. This is a 64% return rate and includes all questionnaires completed on ParentMail and via paper copy. We also double checked that responses from the questionnaire sent in error had been recorded also.

The questionnaire has provided us with a good overview of parent’s views and has highlighted some areas that we could do better at. Overall, we are pleased with the positive responses and it is evident that a vast majority of parents/carers are in support of the recent school improvements, actions of the Leadership Team, and quality of the Teaching and Learning as we continue to progress toward a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted.

Key Strengths

The following statements had over a 90% agreement rate:

  • My child is happy at this school
  • My child makes good progress at this school
  • My child feels safe at this school
  • My child is well looked after at this school
  • My child is taught well at this school
  • Bullying is dealt with quickly and effectively
  • Concerns have been dealt with properly when raised
  • School gives SEND children the support they need to succeed
  • My child does well at this school
  • There is a good range of subjects available to my child at this school

It is also important to note that all questions had over an 80% agreement rate, with the majority of the areas for development still being above 84%. For the questions with responses in the 80%+ range (see below), there was also a higher response rate of ‘don’t know’.

Don’t Know Responses

The following areas had a higher percentage of parents who stated that they ‘didn’t know’, which meant that an agreement or disagreement response wasn’t registered. If parents were able to make a judgement, this could have been a positive response, in line with the other areas where the ‘don’t knows’ were low. For example, overall, for the statement, ‘the school has high expectations for my child’, 10% of parents ‘didn’t know’, 82% were in agreement and only 8% disagreed. It could also mean that parents were unsure as to what the question meant or were unsure of the answer.

The ‘Don’t Know’ returns were as follows:-

Question

Don’t Know

In agreement

The school supports my child’s wider personal development

12%

80% in agreement

The school has high expectations for my child’

10%

82% in agreement

My child can take part in clubs and activities at this school

9%

83% in agreement

I would recommend this school to others

8%

85% in agreement

My child receives appropriate homework for their age 

8%

81% in agreement

The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved

8%

85% in agreement

The school is well led and managed

5%

85% in agreement

I receive valuable information about my child’s attainment and progress 

4%

82% in agreement

Communication between parents and the school is strong

4%

86% in agreement

The school makes me aware of what my child will be learning during the year

3%

89%in agreement

 

This tells us that there is some work for us to do with parents/carers to ensure the following:

  1. Parents know what we do in school so that they can make a judgement.
  2. We reflect upon what we do and invite parents to contribute to that reflection process.

Next Steps

Looking at the data from the questionnaire, especially taking into consideration ‘Disagreement’ and ‘Don’t Know’ responses, the key areas we will initially focus on are as follows:-

Key Area

Action

I receive valuable information about my child’s attainment and progress

 

 

In the further comments section, many parents noted that they were unable to respond to this until having had the first Parent interview with the class teacher.

  • Leaflet for all parents detailing how information is shared throughout the school year
  • Parent briefing session, including presentation from Leaders and opportunity to share suggestions about the type of information parents wish to receive.

The school makes me aware of what my child will be learning during the year

 

  • Parent briefing session, including presentation from Leaders and opportunity to share suggestions about the type of information parents wish to receive.
  • Information letter from each Key Stage detailing what children will be learning on a termly basis

The school supports my child’s wider personal development

 

  • Parent briefing session, including presentation from Leaders and opportunity to share suggestions about the type of information parents wish to receive.
  • Letter detailing how the school supports children’s personal development and opportunities for SMSC.

Communication between parents and the school is strong

 

  • Questionnaire to all parents requesting preferences for communication both the way we communicate and what we communicate about.

My child receives appropriate homework for their age 

 

  • This will be included in the Key Stage Information Leaflets each term.
  • Parent briefing session with an opportunity for you to feedback suggestions.

 

 

Parent Briefing Outcomes 2nd December 2019

Below is a summary of the Parent Briefing session. The first session looked at:-

  • How can I find out about what my child is learning in school?
  • How can I find out about my child's attainment and progress?

The session was supported by the below Presentation as well as the two information leaflets which had been given to parents in advance. The session focused on what is going well (WWW) and even better if (EBI). There was very much an overwhelming positive response from those in attendance. In Summary:

WWW EBI
  • Communication has improved
  • Lots of information on school website
  • Use of social media to showcase learning and achievements
  • Responsivity of the school is a strength
  •  Extra Curricular Offer
  • Consistency for all classes across the website, social media, learning activities etc.
  • Consistent feedback for homework and spellings and the changing of reading books for some classes
  • More school trips
  • Weekly summary of events on ParentMail and Facebook.

 

The Senior Leaders will now address these issues with the teaching team and look forward to hearing feedback about improvements.

 

 


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