According to a new report commissioned by Becta into school and parent relationships, released last week, eighty-nine percent of parents say technology could help them become better informed about their child’s education so that they can then have more focused face-to-face discussions with teachers. However, just forty-six percent of parents say their schools communicate with them in this way despite all schools having access to electronic communication tools.
The detailed study of 2,000 parents and 1,000 teachers across the U.K revealed the vast majority (89 percent) of parents say technology helps them get involved in their child’s education, or it could play a more powerful role if they better understood how to use it.
More than half (54 percent) of teachers believe the relationship they have with different parents varies, but that there is a need for better communication channels between parents and teachers to generate open and honest discussions to help children progress – whilst managing the impact on a teacher’s workload to ensure the most efficient use of time.
Becta is the government agency aiming to promote and achieve the productive and innovative use of technology throughout the teaching and learning process. It aims to establish the benefits of using technology in order to create a more exciting, rewarding and successful experience for learners of all ages and abilities, enabling them to achieve their full potential.
The Becta Schools & Parents: A New Partnership report is part of the ‘Next Generation Learning’ campaign, which encourages parents to contact their child’s school in order to establish how and if technology is already being used, and how it can improve communications between them and their child’s school in future. The use of new technology should enable parents to improve communications by keeping track of their child’s work, viewing their reports, attendance records and grades at any time of the day via Online Reporting.
“Becta believes technology, such as online reporting and text alerts can create ‘virtual classrooms’ and can support a new, more effective partnership between parents and schools. These tools allow parents to be better informed and have more productive discussions with schools, something which our research shows parents are really receptive to,” Niel McLean, Executive Director of Becta said.
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Kate Cox 02476 797146 / Kate.Cox@becta.org.uk