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We believe it's essential that parents have a voice in education - in schools, locally, and at government level. As advocates for parent voice, we need to know what really matters to you. One of the ways we do this is through research. Our parent surveys help us give an informed parent perspective to the debate on education policy and practices.

To help you influence positive change in your school community and beyond, we've put together some advice and tips on how you can make your voice heard.

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Get involved in a parent group

If you want to have more say in school decision making, getting involved with a parent group is a good way to go. Find out more
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Have a say at school

Whether you’d like to give feedback on a school change or approach the school with a specific issue, there are a number of ways you can have your say as an individual. Find out more
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What can parents have a say on at school?

In our latest survey of parents, 85% of you told us you want to have a say in the education of your child. One issue you may want your say on is school funding; it's a hot topic for schools and parents right now, with over half of parents concerned about the rising cost of sending their child to a state school. Other issues you might want to have a say on could be:

School policies, such as homework, admissions, behaviour and discipline.
Lessons, learning, curriculum and assessment.
Reports and parents' evenings.
School trips, wrap around care and lunchtime activities.
Uniform, healthy food and health and safety.

How does Parentkind advocate for parent voice?

It’s important that parents help shape education policy to improve the schooling available for our children. We listen to parents’ views and respond to government consultations, so that your voice contributes to the development of education policy. Want to know more?

Success story: Parent focus group helps Bingley Grammar School towards excellence

Read how an existing PTA recognised its role as a consultative body made a significant difference and so re-branded itself as a parent focus group.

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