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Further 47 percent agree it would help them to become more involved in their child’s education

BETT, Olympia, London – 10th January, 2008 – Pearson Phoenix, one of the UK’s leading providers of management information systems (MIS) for schools, today released the results of an online survey of almost 2000 British adults, showing that more than eight out of ten (82 percent) parents with children 17 and under are in favour of online school reporting of progress and behaviour, of those 47 percent said that it would help them to feel more involved in their child’s education and giving them a greater understanding of their educational development. The survey, carried out by YouGov Plc polled 1,988 adults online in January, 2008 with figures weighted to be representative of all GB adults.

According to the survey, 51 percent of parents of children 17 and under still rely upon their child to deliver school reports to them with only 17 percent receiving half termly reports and 33 percent receiving reports once a year or less. Of the parents who would be keen to be able to check their child’s progress online, just eight percent felt that they were already fully involved in their child’s education.

“It’s clear from looking at the results of this survey that parents feel left out in the cold when it comes to keeping abreast of their child’s progress through school and it’s little wonder when many parents only receive a formal report once a year,” said Roger Plant, Education Systems Director, Pearson Phoenix. “It’s obvious that there is a real desire from parents to be more involved and using the Internet to get real-time reports is going to be a vital part of that involvement. The widespread nature of the Internet and forthcoming government initiatives mean that it will not be long before all parents will benefit from fast and secure access to up to the minute assessments.”

Pearson Phoenix is a leading provider of school management systems at both primary and secondary levels. Its flagship product, e1, is a fully hosted, Internet-based system that allows pupils, teachers, parents and government departments to quickly and securely access a range of information including progress, behavioural and attendance reports. Requiring nothing more than the ability to access the Internet, teachers are also able to upload marking and assessment figures whilst at home or at school, providing greater flexibility in the way they work.

BETT takes place between 9th-12th January 2008 at London’s Olympia exhibition hall. For further information on the show as well as travel and accommodation advice, please visit www.bettshow.com. To find out more about Pearson Phoenix please go to www.pearsonphoenix.com or come and meet us in person at the show on stand E70 in The Great Hall.

About Pearson Phoenix
Founded in 1990, Pearson Phoenix, formerly known as Phoenix First Limited, is a specialist supplier of Management Information Systems (MIS) to schools and local education authorities throughout the UK. Its software is used to manage the administration of learning at almost 3,500 schools across a number of Education Authorities. In September 2001, Phoenix was acquired by the international media company Pearson Plc to strengthen its education portfolio in the UK and now operates as part of Pearson Education.

For more information please visit www.pearsonphoenix.com.

About the Research

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,988 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 4th - 7th January 2008. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

*parents of children 17 and under

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