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Parental Involvement and Engagement Census

 

Dundee City Council Children and Families Service is committed to working with and strengthening relationships between our schools and families, and therefore we are participating in a Scottish Government Initiative to survey all parents and carers regarding their engagement and involvement with their child’s school.

Parents and carers are by far the most important influence on children’s lives. Research shows that when parents are involved in their child's learning, children do better at school and throughout their lives. We would like to get an idea of how you feel about your child's school and to give you a chance to reflect on the partnerships you are experiencing.

The survey we are asking you to complete is available online and expected to take less than 10 minutes to answer. There are separate surveys for primary, secondary and special schools. You can access the surveys at the following links:

Primary School Parent Survey  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/dccprimary/ (link is external)

Secondary School Parent Survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/dccsecondary/ (link is external)

Kingspark School Parent Survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/kingspark/ (link is external)

You will also be sent a text message from your child’s school with the link to the survey.

Could you please complete the survey by Friday, 5th July 2019.

Parental engagement is recognised in the National Improvement Framework as one of seven key drivers in achieving excellence and equity in Scottish education. The engagement of parents and families can help raise attainment for all and help to ensure every child has an equal chance of success.

Your views are important to us, because they will provide us with a gauge of our areas of strength and help us focus our improvement and development strategies on the areas you feel are most important for you and your family.  This is part of our continual drive to improve the performance of Dundee’s schools and ensure they provide the best education possible for our children. We will provide schools with a summary of the survey results. We will be careful how we present any information in tables, to keep your answers confidential and we will not share personal information.

We value all of your responses and will use them to plan for our next steps in parental engagement opportunities and programmes.

The personal data you provide within this Survey will only be stored by Dundee City Council until August 2019. The anonymised statistical information will be retained electronically for 15 years and shared internally with Senior Management and Parent Councils Chairs to help focus our improvement and development strategies on the areas you feel are most important for you and your family.

As this is a National Survey, Dundee City Council will then secure transfer the data to the Scottish Government who will use it “To inform planning and provision of education and where necessary, with the potential linkage of such data to other data sources.  Researchers or charities may be interested in applying for access to education data to meet their own research needs.”

This Survey is voluntary, you can choose whether to take part or not, you can opt out at any time or use the ‘Prefer not to answer’ for any question. The full Privacy Statement is available to download here:

http://dmlink.dundeecity.gov.uk/WebRep/CeRDMSGetNodeContent/OTgetNode.php?node=a0a3539a66a79ba4a304

Thank you.

Paul Clancy, executive director, Dundee City Council children and families service.