Service Children’s Education: Survey of Parental Views 2009

Karen White, Helen Marshall, Peter Rudd

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Service Children’s Education (SCE) is an agency of the Ministry of Defence that has responsibility for, and represents the interests of, children in 40 Service schools and 34 Foundation Stage (FS1) settings around the world. Since 2004, SCE has commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to undertake an annual questionnaire survey of parental satisfaction with their child’s Service school/FS1 setting. The results reported here are key findings from the 2009 survey of parents. This survey also explored the views of parents in regard to how well SCE schools were achieving the five Every Child Matters (ECM) outcomes.

Key findings
Parents of children in FS1 settings and primary and secondary schools expressed high levels of satisfaction regarding various aspects of their children’s educational experience. In particular, more than nine in ten parents in each of the school phases said that overall, they were satisfied or very satisfied with the education their child was receiving.
In line with the findings in 2007 and 2008, on the whole, parents were satisfied with the work of the FS1 settings and schools towards meeting the five Every Child Matters outcomes.
The support that FS1 settings and schools provided to children was again praised by parents, however communication remained an area for improvement.
Across all three stages of education, more than nine in ten parents said that their child enjoyed school.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSlough
PublisherNational Foundation for Educational Research
Number of pages52
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


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

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