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Tes focus on… Engaging with parents

We all know that positive parental input is crucial for a child’s education, but how can schools foster good relationships? Academic Stephen Scott tells Chris Parr that while some programmes can be hugely beneficial, many others are not backed by verified evidence – so do your homework

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The research is clear: if parents are engaged with the education of their child, that child tends to do better at school. And schools are fully behind this – talking more with parents has become a key priority. Yet, the relationship between school and parent is a tricky one.

For starters, the situation is complicated by schools being used as a vehicle for social change. The government sends teachers into homes as policy missionaries, attempting to influence diet, social habits, technology use and more, and to spot signs of everything from extremism and abuse to adolescent mental health ...

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