British parents amongst most positive in the world about quality of teaching, and other highlights from the global parent survey
March 16, 2018
Varkey Foundation’s Global Parent Survey – a comprehensive analysis of parents’ hopes, fears and aspirations around the world – offers a number of insights into the views of parents on education in the UK. Over 27,000 parents from 29 countries were surveyed, including 1,000 parents in the UK with children between the ages of 4 and 18. The survey revealed:
British parents are among the most positive about the quality of teaching at their child’s school – 87% rate it as very good or fairly good.
On average, British parents say they spend 3.6 hours a week helping their children with their education.
If there were more funds for schools, 70% of British parents would spend the money on more teachers or better pay for existing teachers.
Children’s happiness is a high priority for British parents – 49% chose the school being a happy environment for children as among their key criteria when choosing schools, compared to a global average of 30%.
A third of British parents say it’s very important for their child to attend university to achieve the most in life – the joint lowest globally.
Only 28% of UK parents think that standards of education have improved over the last 10 years.
Access the full report and the results by country, including the UK, here.