Parentkind parent research cited in new NAO report

19 March 2021
The latest report from the National Audit Office (NAO) entitled Support for children’s education during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic’ contains two references to research Parentkind carried out.

We were invited to submit evidence to the study last autumn. The NAO was looking for evidence on whether or not the Department for Education (DfE) effectively supported schools and children in England during 2020’s spring and summer terms which fell in the midst of the pandemic.

Responding to a range of questions raised in the NAO’s study, we provided evidence from our Annual Parent Survey and regular coronavirus surveys as well as a poll for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The NAO has extracted from Parentkind’s submission its evidence on remote learning provision during partial school closures. The data is taken from our third coronavirus survey. The research was undertaken between June and July 2020 to determine how parents were coping as the previous academic year came to a close. The NAO included in its report Parentkind’s data on parental satisfaction with the number of live online lessons provided to children as well as their satisfaction with the frequency of check-ins with parents provided by schools. The final report is publicly accessible and provides plenty of detail. It cites a range of evidence on the operational challenges faced by the DfE in the move to partial school closures, as well as the impact remote learning had on children’s education and parents’ daily lives.

Parentkind believes that every parent should have a voice in their child’s education at local, regional and national level, and parents tell us that’s what they want too. That’s why we were delighted to share with the NAO findings from all of our surveys and polls taken with parents over what has been a tumultuous year for most of us. That way, parents who take the time to respond to our research aren’t just telling us what they think in isolation, they are being heard by policymakers and education stakeholders too. Parentkind is always delighted to be approached by the NAO to contribute to their enquiries, and it is rewarding to know that evidence of parent voice is valued by them as part of their commitment to listen to a range of education stakeholders, which includes parents.”

Parentkind CEO John Jolly