Parents Matter: The Research
What does our parent research say?
Teachers want to work with parents, and parents want to contribute to school life.
But how do you connect the dots?
That’s the question that inspires our annual survey of over 3,000 parents. The responses are always illuminating, with the key findings informing our schools resources and training.
Our annual Parent Voice Report survey gives schools a greater sense of what really matters to parents, including how they feel their child’s school performs with parental participation.
Our 2021 report showed that 85% of parents want to play an active role in their child’s education. This figure has remained high across all past research and suggests parents’ interest in meaningful participation with their child’s schooling is near universal.
85%of parents want to play an active role in their child’s education
72%of parents want a say in their child’s education at school level
57%of parents feel listened to at school level
Giving parents a voice — a say on school matters and involvement in decision-making on issues that affect them — enables schools to meet the needs of the communities they serve more effectively. Most school policies have a direct impact on families and so to ensure maximum effectiveness it’s beneficial for schools to take into consideration the views of all families within their community.