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Statewide parent engagement survey

Tuesday, 8 September, 2020 - 11am

Parents are invited to share their experience of engaging with their child’s school and learning in the first ever statewide survey of families.

The Parent Engagement Survey will this week be sent to more than 100,000 parents who have a child at a public school.

It takes less than 10 minutes to fill out and will provide insights into the level of parental engagement in schooling, how parents feel about their child’s school environment, the effectiveness of communications and whether feedback on their child’s learning is helping them to make informed decisions.

Questions include:

  • Does your school provide you with useful feedback about your child’s school work?
  • Do you find it useful to be given ideas about how to help your child to learn at home?
  • Does your child’s school respond to your input about your child’s learning?
  • How does your school communicate with you?

The survey will be sent to parents via SMS or email this week and they will have until 5pm Friday 25 September to respond. Parents will also be able to request a link from their school if they wish to participate.

The Department for Education is coordinating this survey centrally so added administration workload is not placed on schools.

Responses, which are anonymous, will be collated for each site. The information will help shape each school’s 3-year improvement plan to deliver student growth.

The data will also be collated across the system and at a school partnership level to inform the department’s programs and policies, particularly in the area of parent engagement.

Quotes attributable to Ben Temperly, Executive Director of System Performance

“I’d encourage parents to sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and take the 10 minutes to complete the survey.

“We want to know what we’re doing well, where we can improve, and what’s really important to parents in being part of their child’s education.

“We have a lot of data on how our schools are performing but parent engagement is the missing piece of the puzzle which the introduction of the Parent Survey puts into place.

“Consistent, trackable data is going to be really valuable in identifying parent perceptions now and trends into the future.

“Importantly we know parent engagement is a key indicator of student outcomes, so a tool that helps us measure engagement levels and identifies what’s working and what isn’t at a site and system level provides us with invaluable insights.

“This is a really important building block in our progress toward creating a world-class education system for South Australia.”