For many years, schools have been surveying their parents, seeking their views on many aspects of school life and using this information to make improvements. This is a central feature of school improvement planning, providing opportunities for parents to share their experiences of engagement with the school and contributing to priorities for the school going forward.
Often, and rightfully so, these surveys have asked bespoke questions depending on what subject the school is seeking parent’s views on. Also, the surveys have taken place at varying times of the year, without local authority co-ordination thus making it challenging to generate a picture of parental involvement and engagement across Orkney, and indeed, across Scotland.
The national Parental Involvement and Engagement (PIE) census aims to rationalise the collection of Parental Involvement and Engagement data by providing a set of questions that all authorities will be invited to ask in their respective areas, which should result in comparable data being collected.
The Scottish Government has asked all 32 local authorities to undertake this census with parents in their local authority area between May and June 2019.
The census is taking place online using the SmartSurvey platform which offers many benefits including the secure collection, management and deletion of data. Indeed, preparations for the census have been rigorous to satisfy data protection legislation.
You can access the survey by clicking the link in the 'Related Sites' section of the page. Completion time is around 10 minutes.
A copy of the PIE Census Privacy Statement and some frequently asked questions are available in PDF format from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.
For questions about the PIE Census, or to request a paper copy of the survey please contact Graham Bevan, Service Improvement Officer at:
Address: Education Leisure and Housing, School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY.
Telephone: 01856873535 extension 2419.
Email: Graham Bevan.