Many thanks to all the parents with children in Years 8 and 10 who responded to our recent online survey about Learning Cycles.
The aim of the survey was to find out parents´ views on how King James´s currently reports on students´ progress. The majority of respondents (55%) said that learning cycle reports keep them ´quite well´ informed about how their child performs (16% said ´very well´; 22% ´not very well´; and 7% ´not well at all´). Overall, 75% of parents who completed the survey said that they were happy with the frequency of reporting. Although respondents raised a range of concerns about specific areas of reports, as one said, ´despite the detailed issues, I still find it reassuring to get the regular learning cycle reports as an indication of how things are going.´
Comments and suggestions for improvement most often related to better explanation and simplification, more personalised feedback, a preference for reporting based on results rather than forecasts and improved communication with individual teachers. However, while the push for more detailed and personalised information was strong, some parents questioned whether this would be the best use of teacher time: ´I´m not sure how long the teachers take compiling them (reports), but I wouldn´t want it to take up any more of their time that could be used lending direct support to the children...´
The detailed comments are now being analysed and will be used to inform improvements to the way the school reports to parents in the future.
Thanks to all respondents who offered to take part in a focus group looking at the way King James´s reports to parents - we will be in touch soon about setting up a meeting.