MySchoolBRISBANE - The federal government's My School website is not a major influence for Queensland parents choosing independent schools, a survey has found.

Independent Schools Queensland's second "What Parents Want" survey reveals only 8.2 per cent of parents who recently enrolled a child in an independent school were influenced by the website.


 

Instead, most believed independent schools offered a better education, and looked to friends and colleagues for advice.

The controversial My School site was recently relaunched with data on how much money was spent on each student.

Its critics, including some teachers' unions, say the website risks stigmatising students and schools by making it possible to publish league tables on their performance.

Independent Schools Queensland has been critical of the site, saying not all of the new financial data has been verified.

Its survey found 74 per cent of parents listened to friends and colleagues when choosing an independent school, 67 per cent to other parents with children at the school, while 48 per cent said school open days were a factor.

Of the websites used when researching schools, My School ranked eighth out of 14 options.

Independent Schools Queensland executive director David Robertson said a third of parents enrolled their child in independent schools with the idea that a better education would be offered.

"Nearly a quarter of all parents surveyed, 24.9 per cent, cited sufficient attention was not being given to their child's individual needs at the previous school," he said.

For 55.8 per cent of parents, an independent school was the only education they had considered.

However, 66.4 per cent of parents surveyed did not attend an independent school themselves.

The survey used data from 2292 parents and guardians from 84 independent schools across Queensland.

It was first conducted in 2006.

AAP