How welcoming parents boosts pupils’ learning

After opening up her classroom and trialling ways of promoting parental involvement, Nadine Finlay reports her findings

Teacher Nadine Finlay offers advice on improving parental engagement with school

Every teacher I’ve ever met has had hang-ups about being watched. When observations by the senior leadership team are suggested or subject leaders announce that they need to come and watch what is happening within their department, a mood of panic sets in among teaching staff.

So, suggesting more parental involvement – not just in schools but in classrooms – is probably not going to be popular. However, this is exactly what I believe is missing in many areas of school life, and my own research has suggested that the benefits could be substantial.

Everyone has their own experiences of school. ...

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