Parents urged to complete parental involvement and engagement survey

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Published: Monday, 03rd June 2019

As part of the Government’s commitment to improving the ways in which parents, carers and families work in partnership with teachers and partners, your feedback is needed.

We are urging all parents to complete the Parental Involvement and Engagement census. We are also keen to increase the voice that parents and carers have in leading improvements within their school.

The survey is a key element of the Learning Together National Action Plan on parental involvement, parental engagement, family learning and learning at home. It has been developed with local authorities across Scotland and contains a number of actions and goals designed to improve the support and information available to parents.

We are keen to make sure that all Borders’ parents and family carers take part.

This builds on work already underway that recognises the importance of involving and engaging parents and carers in:

  • your children's learning
  • the wider school community
  • the benefits to children and young people's attainment and achievement

Survey questions

Questions include:

  • the ways that you feel informed and involved in your children’s learning
  • how approachable and accessible school staff are
  • whether there are opportunities to help out within the school community 
  • how much information you are provided

Your opinion is also sought on your school’s Parent Council, if one exists, and how effective you believe this forum is in terms of giving you a voice.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“This is a vitally important opportunity for parents to have their say on how they feel about their child's school in terms of involvement and engagement and we are keen to have as much feedback as we can.

“The information we will get from this will be invaluable in terms of providing us with genuinely useful data that staff can use to strengthen and develop their improvement plans as part of their commitment to making their school the best it can be.

“I would like to encourage all our parents to play their part and make sure their voice is heard. If they would like more information or need assistance at all, they just need to get in touch with their local school who will be happy to help.”

Taking part in the survey

The survey is open from Monday 3 to Sunday 30 June and should only take 5-8 minutes to complete.

Take part in the survey online for:

Free online access is available in all public libraries and Council contact centres.

If you would like a paper copy or support to take part, contact your child’s school

Results of survey and next steps

The Scottish Government intends using the feedback to plan their next steps in parental engagement opportunities and programmes. They are expected to publish a report summarising their overall findings towards the end of the year. 

Local authorities will be sent their data separately which will then be shared with headteachers. Information about individual schools will not be made available publicly but will be used by teaching staff to support their respective improvement plans.