85 per cent of parents in England do want a say in education

29/09/15

We have today published the findings of two recent surveys of English parents that reveal 85 per cent* of the parents surveyed who have a child aged five to 18 in state school want a say in how their child is educated while only the 18 per cent felt that the Government listens to parents on what they want for their children’s education.

Executive Director, Emma Williams, says: “What is emphatic is that parents do want to be more involved in education, with 97 per cent** of parents believing they should be consulted when big changes are proposed to how a school is run. Only a third of parents (33 per cent*) currently understand the changes the government wishes to make in terms of policy and only 15 per cent of parents** understand the role of regional school commissioners. This is clearly a concern which needs to be addressed.”

Emma continues: “We are pleased that the Education and Adoption Bill and Education Select Committee is allowing our politicians to consider the role of parents in education matters, both locally and regionally. We have published these findings today to help inform the debate.”

Parents play an influential role in their child’s education. 96 per cent** of those surveyed felt being consulted makes them feel included in their child’s education – indicating the importance of establishing effective links between school and home. 

Emma concludes: “We are calling on all those involved in education to work together to find ways of involving parents in a constructive way. Parent and Teacher Associations 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.”

*Statistics from the PTA UK research, prepared with YouGov include:
85% want a say in how their child is educated
79% want to support their child’s school
66% feel that their child’s school is good at communicating with them
45% feel their child school takes action based on their feedback
33% understand the changes the government is making to education
18% feel the Government listens to parents on what they want for their children’s education
YouGov survey: Total sample size was 6,943 adults, of which 1,274 are parents of children aged 5 to 18 in state schools. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th May - 3rd June 2015.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all English adults (aged 18+).

**PTA UK Summer Parent Insight Survey 2015
97% parents feel they should be consulted when big changes are proposed to how a school is run 
96% feel being consulted makes them feel included in their child’s education
15% understand the role of regional schools commissioners
PTA UK Facebook survey of 1,350 parents (September 2015)

Our submission to the Education Select Committee can be found here.