Ofsted have just published a revised questionnaire for parents and carers which will be used as part of any inspections of maintained schools from this month onwards.
The questionnaire has been extended to 13 questions from the previous 7. We have previously commented on the pre-inspection questionnaire here.
The questions are as follows:
- My child enjoys school
- The school keeps my child safe
- The school informs me about my child’s progress
- My child is making enough progress at this school
- The teaching is good at this school
- The school helps me to support my child’s learning
- The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle
- The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example, changing year group, changing school, and for children who are finishing school, entering further or higher education, or entering employment)
- The school meets my child’s particular needs
- The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour
- The school takes account of my suggestions and concerns
- The school is led and managed effectively
- Overall, I am happy with my child’s experience at this school
For example, in question 4, 'good progress' is now 'enough progress'. 'Staff explain how to help my child at home' re-emerges as 'The school helps me to support my child’s learning'. Parents views on the absolute behaviour of pupils is exchanged for their views on how 'how effectively the school deals with unacceptable behaviour'. And finally, parents are asked if the school is led and managed 'effectively', rather than 'well'.
So, the pre-inspection questionnaire remains pretty broad as you'd imagine so that it may serve its' purpose in guiding inspectors towards any areas which might warrant closer attention. Whereas before the questionnaire closed with 'Other comments', parents are also given additional prompting 'If you want to explain any of your answers, or if there is anything else you want the inspection team to be aware of about the school, please give details here.'
The results of the parent questionnaire, including the number of responses, will now be summarised as part of the inspection report.