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20.10.11

Parent review website launch

Ofsted is launching the website Parent View to give parents the opportunity to state their views on schools in England. A 12 question survey will cover issues like bullying and behaviour.

The aim of the programme is to give parents a stronger voice in the rating of schools, and to help other parents decide where to send their children to school. Responses will be published anonymously on the site, and saved at the end of the school year to allow annual comparisons.

Ofsted chair, Baroness Morgan, said: “Parents know how valuable the insight of other mums and dads can be when making choices about schools. Whilst parents' views alone cannot trigger an inspection, they will provide a vital piece of the jigsaw.”

Ofsted says it will monitor the results of the surveys and will be part of the information gathered about whether a school needs to be inspected.

Some have raised concerns that the system is open to abuse, and would only be used by those with complaints, but as there is no room for free text on the site, this will be limited.

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