The 12 Parent View questions remain unchanged but from September 2015 there is an additional free-text question: ‘Do you have any additional comments on any of your answers?’. This is only available when a school is being inspected and these comments are not published by Ofsted.
During an inspection Ofsted will ask the head to notify parents about the inspection and invite them to complete Parent View. Inspectors will review the evidence from Parent View throughout the inspection to ensure that all online responses received during the inspection are taken into account. If the response rate for Parent View is low, inspectors may take steps during the inspection to gather further evidence of parents’ views.
Inspectors will consider and weigh parents’ views against a range of other first-hand evidence they gather as well as any other relevant information to make their overall judgement about the effectiveness of a school.
Make sure you already have a much wider view
Parent View will always represent a minority response and you will be in a much stronger position if you can demonstrate you have a much broader community view about the school. It is now more important than ever to regularly obtain feedback from your parents. Inspectors will take into account the results of any past surveys carried out by the school or commissioned by the school. All of our standard surveys will offer you the best way to do this cheaply and effectively.
To find out more see our surveys pages here: