Most Welsh parents are happy with the standard of the country's schools, according to a new survey that will be welcomed by its primary and secondary teachers.
Welsh education watchdog Estyn has recently criticised the standard of schooling provided in the counties of Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Anglesey, Blaenau Gwent and Pembrokeshire.
Yet the official National Survey of Wales suggests this has done little to shake parental confidence in schools, with 92 per cent saying they were satisfied with the standard of their children's primary school and 65 per cent declaring themselves very satisfied.
Approval ratings were also high for secondary schools, with 83 per cent of parents stating their satisfaction with the ones attended by their children and 50 per cent claiming to be very satisfied with them.
The country's finance minister Jane Hutt commented: "We will use these results to inform the development of policy, the delivery of public services and to find out about the wellbeing of the people of Wales, so that we can make Wales a better place to live and work."
Welsh parents also considered staff in teacher jobs to be accessible, with 96 per cent saying that when they wanted to meet with their child's primary teacher, they were able to do so within a reasonable period of time, while 85 per cent stated this with regard to secondary teachers.
Furthermore, 92 per cent of parents with children in primary schools and 86 per cent whose children attended secondary schools in Wales felt they were kept as informed as they wished to be with their children's progress.
As for the performance of the school overall, 86 per cent of parents said they were also kept informed about this in relation to primary schools and 81 per cent said the same about secondary schools.
When asked if they were involved as much as they would like to be in their children's education, 87 per cent of parents with children at primary school agreed that they were, as did 79 per cent of those with children of secondary school age.
Posted by Alan Douglas