Less than one in five parents feel the government listens to them

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Eighty-five per cent of parents want a say in how their child is educated, while only 18 per cent believe the government listens to parents on what they want for their children’s education, according to new research from PTA UK.

According to the research, parents play an influential role in their child’s education. Ninety-six per cent of those surveyed said that being consulted makes them feel included in their child’s education – indicating the importance of establishing effective links between school and home.

Other findings include:

  • 85 per cent want a say in how their child is educated
  • 79 per cent want to support their child’s school
  • 67 per cent feel that their child’s school is good at communicating with them
  • 46 per cent feel that their child’s school takes action based on their feedback
  • 33 per cent understand the changes the government is making to education
  • 18 per cent feel the government listens to parents on what they want for their children’s education
  • 97 per cent of parents feel they should be consulted when big changes are proposed to how a school is run
  • 96 per cent say being consulted makes them feel included in their child’s education
  • 15 per cent understand the role of regional schools commissioners

Executive director of PTA UK, Emma Williams, said: “What is emphatic is that parents do want to be more involved in education, with 97 per cent of them believing they should be consulted when big changes are proposed to how a school is run. Two thirds of parents currently do not understand the changes the government wishes to make in terms of policy, how schools are run or the role of the regional schools. This is clearly a concern which needs to be addressed.”

Emma concludes: “We are calling on all those involved in education to work together to find ways of involving parents in a constructive way. PTAs can and do work with schools leaders and governors to help children achieve their potential and improve school life. Early, effective engagement may also benefit everyone by reducing time-consuming conflict down the line.”

PTA UK is the largest nationwide membership organisation for parent bodies.

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