Something that caught my eye today was the news that parents in Bristol, at Brislington Enterprise College (BEC), were to be amongst the first in the country to be able to track their children’s progress at school online.
Parents will be able to see regularly updated details of their offspring’s achievement, progress, attendance and behaviour. Designed not to replace regular interim and end of year written reports, it provides already information on children direct to parents.
Parents will be able to see their child’s timetable and details of absence including actions taken. Parent’s can see the value of this, and a parent has described this as a ‘positive step forward’, as it enables them to see good news and act upon problems quickly.
As a parent myself I think that this is a great example to what can be done to provide educational information to parents. It also opens the wider question of ‘parent voice’ in education, and the level to which parents can and should engage with the teaching profession and the school on their child’s development.