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Three quarters of parents feel they have a genuine choice of school says NFER report

16 April 2015

On the day that parents find out if their children have a place at their 1st choice of primary school in September, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has published the first part of a new report: School choice: The parent view

Its key findings include:

The extract is from NFER’s forthcoming quantitative report on parents’ views of school choice. It presents findings on whether parents’ feel that they have a choice when choosing a school and the factors that they take into consideration. The survey was conducted in December 2014 and January 2015 with a representative sample of 1,005 parents of children aged 5-18 in England.

Commenting on the report, Karen Wespeiser, Senior Research Manager at NFER, said: “Fully understanding what drives parents’ choice of school is important in developing policy in this area, and to raising school standards.”

The data is being released to coincide with the primary National Offer Day. Additional data from the survey related to parents’ views on academy schools will be added shortly.


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