Neil McIntyre

Improving communication is not virtually impossible

Scotland’s education system could learn a thing or two from Finland and Estonia’s schools when it comes to dealings between teachers and parents

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Parents evenings, it could be argued, are a less-than-ideal way of communicating with families in 2017. But this is not such a big issue in some countries. In fact, when I visited Finland, one teacher commented that they hadn’t seen a parent for a while – because most communication was done electronically.

I’m not for one minute saying parents evenings are bad and must go, but we should be able to communicate with parents much better. Since my month-long educational visit to Finland and Estonia in 2014, I’ve become more and more convinced that a significant way to improve educational outcomes ...

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