Parents in Nantwich are being given a new voice from today with the launch of Ofsted’s Parent View online service.

The new online questionnaire will allow parents to give their views on their child’s school at any time of the year.

It covers more than 460 schools across Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington.

Parents can complete a 12-question survey to help other parents as they make important choices about their child’s education.

The survey will also provide Ofsted with information about schools that will help inform priorities for inspection.

A panel of parents helped to shape the questions which cover a range of topics, including quality of teaching, bullying, behaviour and levels of homework.

A final question asks if the parent would or would not recommend the school. It does not allow free text comments but invites responses to closed questions.

Baroness Sally Morgan, Ofsted Chair, said:  “Parent View will give parents and carers across Cheshire the opportunity to make their voice heard when it comes to the performance of their child’s school.

“What parents tell us through these questionnaires will be considered when making decisions about when a school should be inspected. Whilst parents’ views alone cannot trigger an inspection, they will provide a vital piece of the jigsaw.”

Results for each school will be published on the website in real time and will be saved at the end of the academic year.

Headteachers will be able to report concerns to Ofsted if they fear that Parent View has been misused.

The questionnaire is available at

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