What the parents want

22nd May 1998 at 01:00
The Scottish Office research on parental attitudes towards information on school performance was carried out by Market Research Scotland, using eight focus groups in different parts of the country.

Although parents welcomed information which had a bearing on their child's performance, the research found they did not want "information overload." The report said parents had "no desire to compare beyond local schools and the Scottish average"

It was important that information was gathered and should be available when parents want it, the researchers state. But parents said it was "unlikely that they would ever be interested in a school performance unless their child had a problem." Such information could also be used "as a tool to support complaints if their child's school or their child was performing badly".

But parents believe the most important issue for a school's performance is the quality of teachers and their relationship with the pupils. The focus groups expressed "general support" for teachers.

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