Parent View is an online facility launched by Ofsted in October 2011 that allows parents and carers to give their views about their child’s school at any time of the school year. The questionnaire is also the main mechanism for parents to give their views to inspectors about their child’s school at the time of a school inspection.
To register on the Parent View site, parents must initially enter an email address, and confirm that they are a parent or carer. They will also be asked to clarify how many schools their children attend (allowing for different children at different schools). An email is then sent to the specified email address to verify the account. On verification, users then select a secure password for their account.
Schools will also be able to sign up on the Parent View site to receive regular email alerts. Once results are made public, subscribers can choose how often they want to receive ongoing alerts about Parent View take-up, for example daily, weekly or monthly.
The Ofsted website has a brief introductory video demonstrating Parent View to show users how to register, complete the questionnaire and set up alerts about schools.