I’m attaching the results of the recent questionnaire we distributed as part of our school improvement work. We received a total of 40 responses from families, which represents 30% of the families at the school. Even if you’ve already returned a paper copy of the questionnaire, we’d still very much appreciate it if parents could complete the online Parent View questionnaire as this is accessed by Ofsted in the event of an inspection, and can be accessed by anyone interested in the school. The more responses there are on Parent View, the more representative it is of the views of parents. The questionnaire can be accessed at https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk .
Overall, we were pleased with the feedback from parents. There are clearly some parents who are not happy with a particular aspect of their child(ren)’s education. Where it was possible to identify those parents, we’ll contact them to discuss their concerns. If you did tick a disagree or disagree column for a question then please do contact your child’s class teacher, or myself, to discuss your concern further.
Some of the returned questionnaires included comments. As most of them were anonymous responses, it’s not possible to give feedback to the specific parents. However, it is possible to give some general feedback on the basis of comments that arose.
Q3: A parent commented that, whilst they have concerns over how well the school meets their child’s needs, they felt that “the school manages as well as it can within the confines of a restricted national curriculum.” Parents, as well as staff and people beyond the school, will have a range of opinions about the National Curriculum and education more generally. The National Curriculum is however, a statutory requirement for maintained schools and Iford and Kingston CE Primary School tries to make the curriculum as exciting and engaging as possible. The school reviews its curriculum regularly and will be doing so again this year. A couple of comments mentioned very specific interests of children which weren’t part of the curriculum offered. Sadly, it’s not possible to adapt each year’s curriculum to meet the interests of one or two pupils in that year group.
Q8: 15% of parents responded that they disagreed that their child’s lessons were not disrupted by bad behaviour. Some parents commented that ‘nothing is done’ about poor behaviour in the classroom. The school takes behaviour in the classroom and in the playground very seriously. Where action is taken to address poor behaviour, it will be discussed with the parents of the child(ren) concerned but the actions will not be made more generally known to parents. Of course, addressing poor behaviour can sometimes mean addressing underlying issues that affect a child’s behaviour and this can be a long-term process. However, inappropriate behaviour is never just tolerated and allowed to continue without actions being put in place.
Q11: one parent who disagreed with this statement suggested a Suggestions Box for parents to make comments and suggestions can always be put through the letter box at the front entrance to the school..
Although 90% of parents agreed, or strongly agreed, that the school helps them to support their child’s learning, we’re currently looking at ways in which we can make parents more aware of the methods that we use in school and how parents can support their children. We recently had an INSET Day during which staff discussed the way in which writing is taught and we have further INSET Days coming up on partnership working amongst the local schools and on the teaching for mastery approach to maths.
As staff begin to put some of these new approaches into practice we’ll be holding open sessions in which we invite parents in to the classrooms to see teaching and learning in maths and writing taking place. We’re also looking at ways in which we can use the school website to provide support for the teaching and reading, writing and maths through video clips. This follows feedback from parents after some of our curriculum evenings, which parents said that they’d have liked to attend but were unable to because of work or childcare commitments.
We hope that you found the opportunity to respond to the questionnaire useful and we will repeat the survey towards the end of the year to gauge how parents feel about the responses that we’ve made to the points raised. In the meantime, as always, we welcome feedback from parents and carers.
Please read the following statements and tick the answer which best fits what you think about the school. Please only tick one box per statement. If you cannot answer leave it blank.
|(please tick)||Strongly agree||Agree||Disagree||Strongly disagree||No response|
|1||My child feels safe at this school.||30 (75%)||9 (22.5%)||1 (2.5%)||0 (0%)||0(0%)|
|2||My child is making good progress at this school.||15 (37.5%)||22 (55%)||2 (5%)||0 (0%)||1 (2.5%)|
|3||This school meets my child’s particular needs.||14 (35%)||20 (50%)||4 (10%)||0 (0%)||
|4||This school ensures my child is well looked after.||21 (52.5%)||18 (45%)||1 (2.5%)||0 (0%)||0 (0%)|
|5||My child is taught well at this school.||20 (50%)||16 (40%)||0 (0%)||1 (2.5%)||3 (7.5%)|
|6||This school helps my child to develop skills in communication, reading, writing and mathematics.||19 (47.5%)||19 (47.5%)||0 (0%)||0 (0%)||2 (5%)|
|7||There is a good standard of behaviour at this school.||17 (42.5%)||22 (55%)||0 (0%)||0 (0%)||1 (2.5%)|
|8||My child’s lessons are not disrupted by bad behaviour.||10 (25%)||22 (55%)||6 (15%)||0 (0%)||2 (5%)|
|9||This school deals with any cases of bullying effectively. (Bullying includes persistent name-calling, cyber, racist and homophobic bullying).||11 (27.5%)||20 (50%)||1 (2.5%)||0 (0%)||8 (20%)|
|10||This school helps me to support my child’s learning.||12 (30%)||24 (60%)||2 (5%)||2 (5%)||0 (0%)|
|11||This school responds well to my concerns.||11 (27.5%)||23 (37.5%)||3 (7.5%)||1 (2.5%)||2 (5%)|
|12||This school keeps me well informed.||15 (37.5%)||21 (52.5%)||4 (10%)||0 (0%)||0 (0%)|
|13||I would recommend this school to another parent.||22 (55%)||16 (40%)||1 (2.5%)||0 (0%)||1 (2.5%)|