Emma Seith

‘Dad-proof’ kit to help schools involve fathers

Teachers launch ‘toolkit’ as research shows that male parents often feel isolated from school life

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When dads walk down the corridor of Prestonpans Infant School, teachers don’t give them a second glance. But in many other schools fathers struggle to find a way to get involved, new research shows.

Prestonpans, however, goes out of its way to make fathers feel welcome. “It’s an oldfashioned school,” says Neil Ferguson, of the charity Dads Work. “The corridor is really long, but our dads can walk along it and no one will blink an eye.

“They don’t feel out of place. That’s what we want for all dads; we want to have dads in school normalised.”

Fathers from across East Lothian meet at the ...

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