Service Children's Education: Survey of Parental Views 2006

Lisa O'Donnell, Peter Rudd

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The findings from the surveys reflect the views of a sample of parents across
nearly all the Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) settings, primary and secondary schools supported by Service Children's Education.
In general, parents’ views were mainly positive and the majority of parents
were satisfied with the education their child was receiving. The responses of
primary school/FS1 parents and those of secondary school parents were
broadly similar. However, there were some interesting differences in the
responses of these two groups of parents, and, in the main, primary school
parents tended to be more positive about their child’s school than secondary
school parents. This difference between primary and secondary school parents
is not unique to SCE schools, as similar findings were reported in the recent
Ofsted report on parental satisfaction. This report suggested that the higher
levels of satisfaction observed among primary school parents, compared with
secondary school parents, could reflect a greater sense of loyalty to primary
schools among parents, ‘which means that parents of children in primary
schools can be satisfied even when school effectiveness and pupil achievement
are less than good.’
The majority of both primary and secondary school parents were positive
about their relationship with their child’s school and, encouragingly, the
responding secondary school parents were more positive about this
relationship than those who responded to the 2005 survey. Most parents
reported that they felt welcome in their child’s school, and they perceived the
staff to be friendly and approachable.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSlough
PublisherNational Foundation for Educational Research
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


  • Service children, school transfer, parental views of schooling, forces schools, MOD schools, parental satisfaction, Foundation Stage, nursery schools

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