What is Parent Ping?

Parent Ping is a daily survey app that helps you learn how other parents are dealing with life – all in just 2 minutes a day!

Each day your phone will PING! and send at least 2 questions for you to answer. You can decide how many of your children you’d like to answer questions about, and we aim to make the whole thing as easy and simple as possible.

Once answered you get to see the answers from yesterday. Did other parents agree or disagree? Easy graphs show you how ‘normal’ your answers are! Finally, you are rewarded with badges, points and a daily read about some aspect of parenting.

Information for schools

Parent Ping is trialling parent reports for secondary schools. This is a FREE service that will run between Easter and May half term.

We are asking interested schools to do two things…

Help us recruit parents  – we will provide you with the all wording, leaflets, information etc to pass on to parents. 

Remind parents to keep using the app – again we will help you with this by suggesting what you can say and keeping you updated on how many parents at your school are using the app each week (although we won’t be able to tell you which parents). We will be running prize draws to encourage parents to take part, with prizes nationally and prizes just for your school, this should help incentivise parents to join in.

Your headteacher doesn’t need to arrange this; we just need their consent! It can be delegated to another member of staff or you could ask parent groups such as the PTA to help with the parent recruitment and reminders.

Once you have 100 parents answering each week in your school, we will send you a report on how parents at your school are responding to our questions compared to parents at other secondary schools in England.

You will receive a report each short term. You won’t be obliged to do anything with it (!) but it might be an interesting read. Reports will be sent for the period 19th April – 22nd July 2021.

For your report, we will ask parents the extent to which they agree with some simple statements, such as…

  • – My child is happy at this school
  • – My child feels safe at this school
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  • We will also be asking questions designed to aid ongoing dialogue between parents and schools such as…
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  • – How would you prefer to receive short pieces of information from school?
    – To what extent has your experience of education over the last year changed how involved you feel with your children’s learning?
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  • But because Parent Ping asks questions every day we may also ask parents questions like…
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  • – Which chores cause the most rows in your household?
  • – What parent superpower would you most like to have?
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  • We won’t be reporting these questions back to you, just the ones about school!

This is just a pilot project, so for now only mainstream secondary schools operating in the state sector in England. If you work in another type of school you can still share Parent Ping with your parent community but you will not receive the school information reports.

You data privacy is very important to us. You can read Parent Ping’s Data Privacy Notice  here.

Applications for this project are now open! Please register your interest here.

Information for parents

Easy! Just download the Parent Ping app from your app provider in the Google or Android app stores.

Each day your phone will PING! and send a few simple questions for you to answer. You can decide how many of your children you’d like to answer questions about, and we aim to make the whole thing as easy and simple as possible.

As well as the warm fuzzy feeling of being involved in an important research project, once you have answered you get to see other parents’ answers. Easy graphs show you how ‘normal’ your answers are! You are also rewarded with badges, points and a daily read about some aspect of parenting.

Your views are important! Lots of people – schools, policymakers – need to know what you think so they can help support children in school and beyond.

No, your school will never see what you answer. Only if at least 100 parents in your school answer each day do they get a report about what all the parents in the school have said. They are really interested to hear your opinions, and might make changes based on what they learn.

To share with educators, we will ask the extent to which you agree with some simple statements, such as…

  • – My child is happy at this school
  • – My child feels safe at this school
  •  
  • We will also be asking questions designed to aid ongoing dialogue between parents and schools such as…
  •  
  • – How would you prefer to receive short pieces of information from school?
    – To what extent has your experience of education over the last year changed how involved you feel with your children’s learning?
  •  
  • But because Parent Ping asks questions every day, and because parenting isn’t just about education, we may also ask questions like…
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  • – Which chores cause the most rows in your household?
  • – What parent superpower would you most like to have?
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  • (but we won’t be reporting these questions back to schools, just the ones about learning!)

Any parent can join in with Parent Ping, however it will be most relevant to parents of children in education, from nursery to university, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join in if you are interested… you just might not be able to answer all of the questions (but there will always be a ‘not applicable’ option). 

We know that families and parents come in all shapes and sizes and hold no preconceptions about that. If you have parental responsibility for at least one child then this app is for you!

If your school wants to be involved they need contact us (you could share this information with them). For this project, the school needs to be a secondary school operating in the state sector in England.

We use the answers from each of the surveys to share results back to you, on a weekly blog (so you can see analysis of results), and with organisations who are trying to find out what parents think.

BUT – and this is really important – all data is centrally held by us. We don’t share individual results or personal data with third-party companies. We take privacy seriously and do our utmost to protect confidentiality, which is why we ask you to give your child a nickname (not their real name), and only ask for the minimum amount of information on sign-up that we need to support the research. We have a strict privacy policy and you can request that we delete your personal data at any time.

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