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Parent / Carer Survey

Families Questionnaire Spring 2019

Feedback from the survey was overwhelmingly positive. The key highlights are:

–          In all of the questions where a like-for-like comparison against last year’s questionnaire was possible, the proportion of parents who ‘Strongly Agreed’ with statements has increased significantly;

–          In those same questions where a comparison with 2018 was possible, all, apart from one, saw a reduction in the number of negative responses to statements;

–          The overall number of responses received was 53, which represents 55% of the pupils at the school, and is an increase from last year’s response rate of 47%. The response rate compares favourably to an average response rate of 22% reported following research by the Relational Schools Foundation surveyed parent-school relationships across a number of settings in 2018.

 

Breakdown of Responses by Key Stage
EY KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5
6 replies out of 8 pupils on roll 12 replies out of 23 pupils on roll 7 replies out of 31 pupils on roll 9 replies out of 21 pupils on roll 1 reply out of 10 pupils on roll 5 replies out of 12 pupils on roll

N.B. 13 responses were received where the pupil’s class was not given

 

A significant number of parents indicated that they would be interested in participating in focus groups in the future. It is our intention to introduce these during the Summer term.

 

Positive Comments

The responses were full of highly positive feedback from families about the school. These include the following comments:

–          Dysart is a brilliant school;

–          I don’t see any improvement needed – I have a very happy son!

–          My child’s progress since he joined Dysart four years ago is amazing – we’re very happy;

–          I like the new daily appointments for parent consultations. The length of time also allows for longer and more detailed discussion;

–          Stimulating and diverse activities;

–          Happy atmosphere in school;

–          High expectations for pupils;

–          Providing workshops and social events for parents;

–          Having fantastic people to engage the pupils;

–          You prepare pupils for their life outside school;

–          Well trained staff;

–          Good open communication;

–          I never worry about my child when he is in your care;

–          I feel that the staff really know my child and they understand his needs;

–          The school has fantastic understanding of pupils which makes it a happy, fun environment to be around for pupils;

–          You support the whole family, takes appropriate action promptly when my child hits a bad patch and prepare the children for an independent future;

 

Development Points

There were areas identified by families where the school could make further improvements. The main areas were:

–          Adding a calendar to the school website

–          Introduction of after-school clubs

–          More updates from therapists about the work they do with pupils

 

A calendar has now been added to the school website and can be found on the website under the ‘Parents’ tab, in ‘Events’ and can be viewed here. We will update the calendar to ensure that events information is readily available on the school website. Dysart’s leadership team will meet during the summer term to address the two other development points identified in the survey.

 

Results in Full

 

You are rightly proud of your work around pupil wellbeing, and ensuring pupils are ready for learning.  This has enabled you to establish a calm and purposeful learning environment for pupils with considerable needs.

Ofsted 2018

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