Parental guidance

Everyone knows that parents’ engagement with school has a huge influence on a child’s education. But no one is quite so sure about how to get families engaged effectively. A new report from the Education Endowment Foundation offers some advice about building links with parents, but Helen Amass says that the available research still leaves many questions unanswered

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It’s Friday morning and a crowd is gathering outside Rangefield Primary School in Bromley, South London. It is entirely male. And the age range is broad – those in their twenties mingle with those in their seventies.

For many schools, a crowd like this forming outside the gates would be unusual. For others, it would be so rare it may even raise concerns.

But at Rangefield, this is now the norm. These dads, grandfathers and uncles soon line up in the playground, and are then led into the school buildings. Because today is “Dad’s Hub”, a termly 90-minute activity session that involves male ...

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