ASCL comments on Ofsted Parents Survey for 2021

20/05/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s annual Parents Survey for 2021, in which a large majority of parents (87%) think that their child’s school has handled the pandemic well.
 
Commenting on Ofsted’s annual Parents Survey for 2021, in which a large majority of parents (87%) think that their child’s school has handled the pandemic well, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“Ofsted’s survey findings are a glowing testimony to the incredible hard work and commitment of our schools and colleges during what has been the most difficult year for education in living memory.
 
“The pandemic has been hard for everyone in every walk of life but school and college leaders and their staff have led by example, rising to challenge after challenge to ensure our young people get the education they need, whatever the circumstances.
 
“When schools and colleges have been closed to most children they have quickly adapted their teaching to work in a virtual world and, when their students have returned, they have quickly mastered techniques completely unfamiliar to them, such as lateral flow testing.
 
“We also pay tribute to parents for their resilience and flexibility in adapting to a rapidly changing scenario, playing a vital role by educating their children at home and juggling that not inconsiderable task with their own work commitments.
 
“We should acknowledge that there are some worrying concerns raised in the survey about the mental and physical health of children having been negatively impacted by the pandemic, but schools and colleges will not be unfamiliar with these issues and will have already put measures in place to identify and respond to the challenges they raise.
 
“What is now vitally important as we prepare for life post-pandemic is for government to fully recognise the challenges ahead and put meaningful funding behind its education recovery programme.”