DfE plans portal to help parents understand school system

The government has set out plans to launch a new online resource to help parents find out more about local schools and what they should expect for their children’s education.

Touted as a one-stop shop for information about the school system, the portal will be launched in 2017. News of its creation follows chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that every state school in England will be required to become an academy by 2020.

According to new white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere, the portal will contain information about school performance, admissions procedures and complaints processes.

The Department for Education (DfE) said the portal would be designed to give parents information about the curriculum and help on what to do if their child is falling behind with their studies.

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It will also highlight the role of teachers and set expectations for how parents and school staff should interact to help children achieve their full potential.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said: “This portal will provide parents with everything they need to understand their children’s education. 

“It will cut through the jargon we’re all guilty of using and explain what they should be able to expect and when. 

“It will show them how to raise complaints and what options are available to them.”

The portal will also work alongside a new performance-table website, where it will be easier for parents to find out how well their child’s school is performing and to compare schools across a range of key measures. 

DfE added that the portal would also help schools fill vacant posts by providing web tools that enable opportunities to be advertised for free.

Jim Dunton

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