Henry Hepburn

Schools need to work to include everybody – and their mums

Parental involvement in schools has grown, but more needs to be done to improve relations, a report says

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For generations, the scenario has remained much the same. Pupil X trudges through his or her front door, collapses on the settee and buries their head behind a Beano, Game Boy or fidget spinner. “What happened at school today?” ask mum and dad, receiving an unintelligible grunt in reply or, at best, the response: “I don’t remember.”

Parents’ taciturn offspring have been just about their only potential source – and a highly unreliable one – of regular information about the mysterious activities of the school day, bar a rummage for clues through the detritus at the bottom of a rucksack. Parents ...

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