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Imagine if it was parents’ evening every night

Schools could truly engage parents by opening up for adult learning in the evening

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It happens often. Parents’ Night. A nervous couple shuffle into my classroom, awaiting news of their child’s progress in English. They’re nervous not because they expect bad news – far from it. It’s school: the building, the formalities, the atmosphere. Their own mixed memories of times at school come flooding back as they walk through the corridors, past rooms in which they may have sat, past teachers by whom they may have been taught. Perhaps they haven’t been inside a school since the day they left, triumphantly vowing never to return.

But at least they have turned up. Many don’t. If we are ...

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