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‘Oh God no, maths, I can’t count. PE, I can’t do it…’

One council is putting parents back in the classroom in a bid to reconnect with them

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When a Scottish council gave parents the chance to go back to school and experience S1 first hand, two subjects more than any others still managed to spark a tingle of anxiety among them: maths and PE. But despite their trepidation, the chance to experience a modern maths lesson has been cited by parents as one of the most useful outcomes of a Renfrewshire programme that aims to engage them more with their children’s school.

As well as breaking down barriers between parent and school, the programme sets out to support families when pupils move from primary to secondary. Now in its third year, ...

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