This quantitative report presents parents’ views of school choice, local accountability and academy schools. 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.
- The majority of parents felt that they had a genuine choice in choosing a school
- Parents believe schools should be locally accountable
- Local factors are the most important to parents when choosing a school
- Household income affects school choice
- A majority of parents believe schools should be locally accountable
- Local actors, such as the headteacher, classroom teachers and school governors are seen by parents as being most responsible for the quality of their children's education
- Less than half of parents feel that they have a say in how their child's school is run
- A test of parents' knowledge of academies reveals many are confused about what an academy is and the differences between academies and maintained schools
- When directly asked ‘how much do you feel you know about academy schools?’, a majority of parents admitted that they did not know much
- Many parents want more information about academy schools, especially those with children at an academy
How to cite this publication:
Wespieser, K., Durbin, B. and Sims, D. (2015). School Choice: the Parent View. Slough: NFER.