Hampshire headteacher concerned about website for parental feedback on schools

Bosmere Junior School, Havant

Hampshire schools built in the 1980s deemed of historic importance to the UK

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A FAREHAM headteacher has raised concerns about a new website that will invite parents to post their views on schools.

Nadine Powrie, of Neville Lovett School in Fareham, said she was worried that schools did not have the chance to contribute to the Parent View website and that it could be open to abuse.

The website, run by education watchdog Ofsted, gives parents a 12-question survey covering questions on a range of issues like bullying and behaviour which are then published online.

Mrs Powrie said: ‘We are living in an increasingly open and transparent world and I welcome the opportunity for parents to feedback views on their children’s school.

‘Parent View may be compared to Trip Advisor – it’s empowering the sharing of information by the people for the people.

‘However a crucial difference is that unlike Trip Advisor, this platform is solely for parental input and provides no opportunity for schools to contribute which is a cause for real concern.’

She added: ‘How can Ofsted ensure feedback is only from parents of a school that their children have been to or that they have not logged twice with different email accounts?’

The website can be found at parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.