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What do parents want?

Prospect/Ipsos MORI report British parents' views on school reforms

By prospect   April 2009

Prospect and Ipsos MORI polled British parents’ views on school reforms, especially those at the heart of the next Conservative manifesto. The results reveal that parents are willing to listen to Tory plans but are deeply sceptical of the details. And they rate good discipline and regular communication with schools as more important than academic standards.

The Tories are going with the grain of public opinion in promoting the Scandinavian model: 46 per cent support a Swedish system in which parents can open schools—although 31 per cent are against and 23 per cent aren’t sure. Parents are also willing, in…

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